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1981
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Continuation of "The River" tour


1981-01-20 - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, TORONTO, ON

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". Bruce sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". First ever performances in Canada of "Two Hearts", "Factory", "Who'll Stop The Rain", "Out In The Street", "The River", "Cadillac Ranch", "Sherry Darling", "Hungry Heart", "Stolen Car", "Wreck On The Highway", "Ramrod", and "I'm A Rocker".

Audience tape (with fairly clear sound) and partial soundboard of the last twelve songs. Two recording sources circulate, a new very good quality complete source was put into circulation in March 2014 via JEMS (mackeck). The high quality soundboard tape fades in during "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)". Soundboard released on CD 'I'm A Rocker', which fades out during "Detroit Medley". A first generation source of the soundboard also circulates on CDR with the last track uncut. The originally circulated soundboard portion from this show was dubbed off a cassette tape a Springsteen crew member had left in his car when bringing it into a garage for repair works. Brucebase reader Greg Wible takes up the story: "Early 80s I was Sales Manager for a certain European Auto Dealer in Hermosa Beach, California. We sold a new car to Marc Brickman, Bruce's Lighting Manager. Marc lived in West LA and brought his car in for standard servicing. Back in those days we would manually update the owners manual maintenance chart when the servicing was done. Owners manual was in the glove compartment, as was a single cassette tape. I played it in the car for a few seconds, then made a mad dash to our bachelor beach house on the Strand in Hermosa Beach about two miles away. I tossed the tape to my buddy Les to perform the dub on the quite analog dual tape deck rig. I jammed back to work and Les returned the tape back about an hour later in time before Marc picked up his serviced car. Marc had that tape because during the Toronto show introduction to "Stolen Car", Bruce mentions going to a friends wedding at a temple...that was Marc's wedding." Greg also notes that the tape warp in "Stolen Car" was where the original dubbed audio tape had broken and Les had to take the tape apart and use scotch tape to piece it back together.
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1981-01-21 - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, TORONTO, ON

NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / NO MONEY DOWN - CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / GROWIN' UP / FADE AWAY / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / RAISE YOUR HAND

Set includes "Night" to open and the full-band "The Price You Pay". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Growin' Up" includes the spaceman story. First ever performances in Canada of "The Price You Pay", "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)", and "Fade Away".

Audience tape. Three recording sources circulate, the first is available complete as part of the River Flood project and on 'From Asbury Park In Love' (Earlmv) (missing "Night"). A second incomplete recording source circulates from mjk5510; this recording is only fourteen tracks, and three of those are significantly cut. A third complete recording source was put into circulation in January 2014 from the master tapes via JEMS (mackeck), this source is a nice upgrade over the previous sources.
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1981-01-23 - MONTREAL FORUM, MONTREAL, QC

NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Drive All Night" makes its only appearance on this leg of the tour. Bruce sings a bit of Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" as an introduction to "I'm A Rocker". First ever performance in Canada of "Drive All Night". Setlist now updated from video and audience tape.

Audience tape and audience shot video. A 2012 transfer from the JEMS master tapes is the best quality audio. This tape previously circulated incomplete, with just the first set and first five songs of the second. Several DVDs circulate, including 'Montreal '81' (brucevideos), which is the complete show dubbed with an average audience tape, and 'Half Of The Show' (brucevideos) which is a partial show from a first generation videotape, dubbed with the upgraded audience recording.
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1981-01-24 - OTTAWA CIVIC CENTRE, OTTAWA, ON

BADLANDS / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / THE PRICE YOU PAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / I FOUGHT THE LAW / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Set opens with "Badlands" and includes a rare "I Fought The Law" (played twelve times in 1981). "The Price You Pay" is full-band. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". First ever performance of "I Fought The Law" in Canada.

Audience tape available from the JEMS master cassettes.
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1981-01-26 - ATHLETIC & CONVOCATION CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, SOUTH BEND, IN

Soundcheck: HUNGRY HEART (instrumental as Bruce wandered to different parts of the arena to check the sound) / HUNGRY HEART / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / BADLANDS (partial) / LOUIE LOUIE / DOUBLE SHOT (OF MY BABY'S LOVE) / I FOUGHT THE LAW / LOLA / I'VE HAD IT / THE LETTER

OUT IN THE STREET / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / I FOUGHT THE LAW / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / DOUBLE SHOT (OF MY BABY'S LOVE) / LOUIE LOUIE / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / GROWIN' UP / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Show opens for the first time ever with "Out In The Street" and features one-off (on this tour) performances for "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" and "Louie Louie". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Growin' Up" features the spaceman story. Clarence sings the opening lines of Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". The soundcheck had run-throughs of several old tunes and full versions of "I've Had It" - which was a 1959 hit for the Bell Notes and "The Letter" (The Box Tops). Updated souncheck info appears in The Observer (January 29), Notre Dame's student newspaper. The article also notes that Bruce retaught the band the lyrics to “Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)” during the intermission!

Audience tape. Available on CDR 'Double Shot In South Bend' and in improved quality from the master tapes.
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1981-01-28 - CHECKERDOME, ST LOUIS, MO

NIGHT / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / FADE AWAY / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD) - I HEAR A TRAIN

Last River tour version of "Night". "The Price You Pay" is the full-band version. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Detroit Medley" features James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)".

Audience tape. Two sources are known, one is available on CD 'Headin' South' (Doberman), a second alternative source is in limited circulation. Best tape of this section of the tour.
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1981-01-29 - HILTON COLISEUM, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, AMES, IA

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD) - I HEAR A TRAIN

The show features the return of "Jackson Cage". Although missing from the audience tape, reviews imply that Roy played the "Once Upon A Time In The West" introduction to "Badlands" (and so presumably to "The River"). "I Got You (I Feel Good)" is included in "Detroit Medley". A newspaper article mentions that 29 songs were played, so the setlist above may still be missing a track. It remains a possibility that the reporter was mistaken. A fan present writes "In the encores the crowd started running around the upper level (completely around the coliseum) and Bruce started singing "I see a train" over and over." This event is corroborated in the newspaper review.

Audience tape circulates from the master cassettes (Gizmo) and is missing six songs ("Independence Day", "Racing In The Street", "The River", "Point Blank", "Candy's Room", and "Jungleland") as taper stated he only brought in two tapes. Show has also been released on CDR 'Judged And Handed Life Down In Ames'.
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1981-02-01 - ST PAUL CIVIC CENTER ARENA, ST PAUL, MN

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

30-song set features the return of "Stolen Car". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands".

Audience tape.
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1981-02-02 - DANE COUNTY MEMORIAL COLISEUM, MADISON, WI

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / I FOUGHT THE LAW / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / TWIST AND SHOUT

Set includes "I Fought The Law" and a full-band "The Price You Pay", along with the first "Twist And Shout" of 1981. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands".

Audience tape. Released on 'Come On Let's Shake It Tonight' (Earlmv).
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1981-02-04 - SIU ARENA, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, CARBONDALE, IL

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / I FOUGHT THE LAW / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

No audio is known to exist.
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1981-02-05 - KEMPER ARENA, KANSAS CITY, MO

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / I FOUGHT THE LAW / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / KANSAS CITY/HEY-HEY-HEY-HEY! / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Features Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City" in the encores. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands".

Audience tape released on CD 'Convicted & Sentenced: Life Without Parole' (Mystic) and upgraded in October 2013 from first generation cassettes, 'Kansas City Baby' (JEMS). Unfortunately, while trying to save tape while transferring his recording the taper used fades between some songs to remove audience noise, occasionally clipping the first notes of some tracks. This is evident on all circulating recordings.
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1981-02-07 - ASSEMBLY HALL, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN, IL

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / FOR YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / STOLEN CAR / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / TWIST AND SHOUT

Set includes a rare outing for the "Here She Comes"/"I Wanna Marry You" medley. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". Some tapes miss the final encore. The show was featured in the 1981 'Ilio' Yearbook - click the link above to view.

Audience tape (missing part of "Detroit Medley" and all of "Twist And Shout").
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1981-02-09 - MARKET SQUARE ARENA, INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Rescheduled to March 5 for unknown reason.
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1981-02-10 - RUPP ARENA, LEXINGTON, KY

Rescheduled to March 4 for unknown reason.
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1981-02-12 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, MOBILE, AL

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands".

Audience tape. Two sources circulate, the first is released on the fast running 'Stuck Inside Of Mobile' and more recently on the good 'A Night Of Singing, Dancing And Howling' (Ev2) which runs at the right speed. The only (and sometimes very irritating) fault with this source is the woman next to the taper screaming her head off frequently - the good sound/show almost makes up for the racket. A new tape transfer of a second source was put into circulation in July 2013 (mjk5510), this source is very good quality with little to no audience noise.
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1981-02-13 - HUMPHREY COLISEUM, MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY, STARKVILLE, MS

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / FADE AWAY / FOR YOU / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Show includes "Fade Away" and "Wreck On The Highway" is dropped, otherwise the set is identical to the previous night in Mobile. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands".

Audience tape (Mjk5510) of good quality. Best version is a 2013 tape transfer by mjk5510.
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1981-02-15 - LAKELAND CIVIC CENTER, LAKELAND, FL

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / FOR YOU / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Click on the link above to read newspaper reviews of the show from the St Petersburg Evening Independent and Times. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands".

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'This Way To Disneyland'.
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1981-02-16 - LAKELAND CIVIC CENTER, LAKELAND, FL

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / FADE AWAY / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL - GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT

"Detroit Medley" includes a few rarely played tracks ("High School Confidential", "Good Rockin' Tonight"), but, unusually, no "I Hear A Train". "Born To Run" opens. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". As often on the tour, Bruce changes the lyrics to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" - "cause my new record, Rosie ... made it all the way to number one!" Click the link above to read two extensive newspaper reviews of the show.

Audience tape.
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1981-02-18 - JACKSONVILLE VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, JACKSONVILLE, FL

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / FOR YOU / STOLEN CAR / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "High School Confidential" again features in the "Detroit Medley", which again does not include "I Hear A Train".

Audience tape. Two recording sources are known. The circulating audience tape is incomplete, with four songs ("Fade Away", "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)", "Because The Night" and "Stolen Car") patched in from a poor quality uncirculated recording of the February 16, 1981 show in Lakeland, FL. The second recorder source can be confirmed by comments made by Bruce audible on an alternative tape source, when he dedicates "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" to "everybody from Jacksonville University".
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1981-02-20 - HOLLYWOOD SPORTATORIUM, HOLLYWOOD, FL

BADLANDS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / FADE AWAY / STOLEN CAR / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Features the full-band "The Price You Pay" and "Fade Away". "Thunder Road" is moved to a slot midway through the first set, swapping places with "The Promised Land". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River".

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1981-02-22 - CAROLINA COLISEUM, COLUMBIA, SC

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL - I HEAR A TRAIN

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "High School Confidential" again features in the "Detroit Medley".

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1981-02-23 - THE OMNI, ATLANTA, GA

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FADE AWAY / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / FOR YOU / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY

A review in the Red & Black, student newspaper of the University Of Georgia, says the show finished with "Mystery Train", but that can't be confirmed by the audience tape. It's possible the reviewer mistook "I Hear A Train" or another part of "Detroit Medley" with the song best known as a Elvis Presley classic from 1955. It's perhaps more likely that "Mystery Train" was included in "Detroit Medley", just as Springsteen did earlier in the tour in New York. As usual, Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". Click the link above to read the article from the Red & Black.

Audience tape. Most of "Detroit Medley" is cut.
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1981-02-25 - MID-SOUTH COLISEUM, MEMPHIS, TN

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

No known audio, and we are uncertain as to the source of the setlist above. A purported audience tape from this date entered circulation in 2012 but it has been confirmed as a fake. The majority of tracks on this tape are actually from the excellent January 28, 1981 St Louis recording, with a few others from an unidentified second recording.
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1981-02-26 - NASHVILLE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, NASHVILLE, TN

BADLANDS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FADE AWAY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL - I'M READY

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". "Thunder Road" is played midway through the first set, swapping places with "The Promised Land". "Detroit Medley" includes "High School Confidential" and Fats Domino's "I'm Ready".

Audience tape. Show released on CDR 'Municipal Auditorium Nashville' - but that set is not complete.
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1981-02-28 - GREENSBORO COLISEUM, GREENSBORO, NC

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / TWIST AND SHOUT

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". A fan present recalls: "I remember he played "Candy's Room", and I also remember that a small group of about 4,000 of us kept chanting and clapping loooong after the "Detroit Medley" was over, and Bruce and the Band came back out again, (it was obvious they had showered, and changed clothes!) and did "Twist and Shout", and absolutely knocked us DEAD!!"

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1981-03-02 - HAMPTON ROADS COLISEUM, HAMPTON, VA

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / RAMROD / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". In a one-off for the tour, "Ramrod" opens the second set and the usual opening trio of "Cadillac Ranch", "Sherry Darling" and "Hungry Heart" are moved to the end of the set.

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1981-03-04 - RUPP ARENA, LEXINGTON, KY

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (tape warp) / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS (edit) / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / 4TH Of JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) FOR YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / CANDY'S ROOM / ...

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". Concert was rescheduled from February 10.

Audience tape (incomplete). A tape circulates with four additional tracks at the end, but these have been identified as sourced from different shows: "Point Blank" (from April 14), "Ramrod" (from April 9), "Twist And Shout" (from April 14), and "Rockin' All Over The World" (from April 9).
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1981-03-05 - MARKET SQUARE ARENA, INDIANAPOLIS, IN

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / FADE AWAY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / STOLEN CAR / RACING IN THE STREET / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY

Last known version of "Fade Away" until 2005 (solo) and 2009 (band). Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". This concert was rescheduled from February 9.

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Indianapolis 81'.
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Start of the European leg of "The River" tour


1981-03-17 - THE BRIGHTON CENTRE, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to May 26 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-03-19 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to May 29 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-03-20 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to May 30 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-03-23 - APOLLO THEATRE, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to May 13 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-03-24 - APOLLO THEATRE, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to May 14 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-03-27 - BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to June 7 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-03-28 - BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to June 8 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-03-30 - EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Rescheduled to May 16 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-03-31 - CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to May 11 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-04-02 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to June 1 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-04-03 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to June 2 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-04-04 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

Rescheduled to June 4 due to Springsteen's exhaustion.
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1981-04-07 - CONGRESS CENTRUM HAMBURG, HAMBURG, WEST GERMANY

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Bruce's first ever appearance in (then-West) Germany and his first appearance in Europe since 1975. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". European debuts for "Prove It All Night", "Out In The Street", "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", "Independence Day", "Who'll Stop The Rain", "Two Hearts", "The Promised Land", "The River", "Badlands", "Cadillac Ranch", "Sherry Darling", "Hungry Heart", "Fire", "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)", "Wreck On The Highway", "Racing In The Street", "Ramrod", and "Rockin' All Over The World".

Audience tape (only about ninety minutes but the quality is decent). Tracks missing from the circulating tape are "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", "Independence Day", "The River", "Thunder Road", "Cadillac Ranch", "Wreck On The Highway" and "Racing In The Street". First appearance of the band in Europe since 1975. Debut of John Fogerty's "Rockin' All Over The World". Released on CDR 'We're Living Through Tonight In Hamburg'.
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1981-04-09 - ICC BERLIN, WEST BERLIN, WEST GERMANY

FACTORY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / TWIST AND SHOUT

First time that "Factory" opens the show. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". The show closed with "Rockin' All Over The World" and then the background music came up with "Night Train" and "Palisades Park". The audience never stops clapping and then the band come back to play "Twist And Shout". The concert was reviewed in NME - click the link above to view. Poster shows April 9 as date - other confirmation from tapes at the time also indicate April 9. European debuts of "Factory" and "This Land Is Your Land" and first ever performance in Germany of "Twist And Shout".

Audience tape. Sound is a little distant and muffled but an enjoyable show nonetheless.
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1981-04-11 - HALLENSTADION, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

FACTORY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Bruce's first ever appearance in Switzerland. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands".

Audience tape. Three known recording sources are known to exist: CD 'Hallenstadion 81' (Winged Wheel), LP 'Hallenstadion Zurich' (Ocean Records) and LP 'Live In Zurich'. Mjk5510 has combined these three sources to form the most complete version of this show to-date. There is also the CDR 'Rockin' All Over The World'.
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1981-04-14 - FESTHALLE, FRANKFURT, WEST GERMANY

Soundcheck: HUNGRY HEART / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (instrumental) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT

FACTORY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / POINT BLANK / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - SHAKE / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Set features the European debut of "Point Blank" replacing "Wreck On The Highway". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Detroit Medley" features "Shake" for the first time this tour, but no "I Hear A Train". Two different versions of "Prove It All Night" in the soundcheck, the first performed with no vocals while Springsteen walked the entire auditorium checking the sound. He then joined the band for the second take.

Audience tape, three sources circulate, one incomplete source was released on the two-LP 'The Boss Hits The Badlands', a second source is available from the master cassettes (LTB) as well as being released on CDR 'Shake'. These two sources are very similar in quality and could be mistaken for the same source, however, they are from two different tapes though likely recorded in almost the exact same location. A third complete source also circulates via tape transfer (cre001/mjk5510).
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1981-04-16 - OLYMPIAHALLE, MUNICH, WEST GERMANY

FACTORY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" is dropped for the first time this year. European debut of "The Ties That Bind" in its first performance since January. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands".

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1981-04-18 - PALAIS DES SPORTS DE SAINT-OUEN, PARIS, FRANCE

FACTORY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Bruce's first ever performance in France. First known Springsteen performance of "Can't Help Falling In Love" in the encores, and the European debut of "Candy's Room". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands".Concert was rescheduled from April 20. The Palais des Sports de Saint-Ouen is an arena in Saint-Ouen, a commune in the northern suburbs of Paris.

Two recording sources circulate, an audience tape of good quality circulates from the master cassettes (SM), a second source of lesser quality is in limited circulation. Released on CDR 'Parigi 81' and CD 'Once Upon A Time In Paris' (Anubis).
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1981-04-19 - PALAIS DES SPORTS DE SAINT-OUEN, PARIS, FRANCE

FOLLOW THAT DREAM / BADLANDS / THE TIES THAT BIND / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / POINT BLANK / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL - I HEAR A TRAIN / SWEET SOUL MUSIC / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Premiere of "Follow That Dream", Springsteen's gorgeous rewrite / adaptation of the Elvis classic. "Sweet Soul Music" is premiered and is performed as a stand-alone song whereas all future renditions for the tour are as a part of "Detroit Medley". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". European debut of "Because The Night" and first ever performances in France of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Point Blank". Concert was rescheduled from April 21.

Audience tape. Two recording sources circulate, released on CDR '2nd Night In Paris' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love', it's unsure which source the latter release uses. An alternate second source of very good quality entered circulation in October 2013 (mjk5510).
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1981-04-20 - PALAIS DES SPORTS DE SAINT-OUEN, PARIS, FRANCE

Rescheduled to April 18 for unknown reason.
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1981-04-21 - PALAU MUNICIPAL D'ESPORTS, BARCELONA, SPAIN

FACTORY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / POINT BLANK / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Bruce's first ever appearance in Spain. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". Show is partially filmed from the audience and ten tracks (all cut in some fashion) circulate on a compilation DVD. The ten songs filmed are "Who'll Stop The Rain", "Two Hearts", "The Promised Land", "The River", "Badlands", "Thunder Road", "Cadillac Ranch", "Sherry Darling", "Hungry Heart" and "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)".

Audience tape and partial DVD. Four recording sources are known to exist, the first is available on CD 'El Boss En Barcelona' (RM) and from tape (mjk5510), this version is missing the end of both "Because The Night" and "Point Blank", and has a splice in "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". A second source is available from the master cassettes (Zappa) with last two songs missing and a splice in "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". A third source is in limited circulation and is very distant sounding (MSA). A very good fourth source of just the second set and encores is also in limited circulation. Clips of this footage can be found over the closing credits of Thom Zimny's documentary The Ties That Bind.
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1981-04-24 - PALAIS DES SPORTS, LYON, FRANCE

FOLLOW THAT DREAM / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". First ever performance in France of "Backstreets".

Audience tape. A thirty-minute radio broadcast includes seven tracks from an illegal audience tape of this show on Inter Radio Lyon.
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1981-04-26 - FOREST NATIONAL, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

FOLLOW THAT DREAM / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / FIRE / STOLEN CAR / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Bruce's first ever appearance in Belgium. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Stolen Car" makes it's European debut.

Audience tape released on CD 'Movin' On To Brussels' (Ramrod Records). Some copies of this CD circulate in a lossy format. A March 2013 fresh tape transfer is available, with verified lineage (mjk5510).
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1981-04-28 - SPORTPALEIS AHOY, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

FOLLOW THAT DREAM / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART (with Flo and Eddie) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Flo and Eddie make a surprise appearance on stage for "Hungry Heart". "This Land Is Your Land" includes Bruce's "streets of Brixton" verse. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Detroit Medley" does not include "I Hear A Train", unusually for the period. First ever performances in the Netherlands for "Follow That Dream", "Prove It All Night", "Out In The Street", "The Ties That Bind", "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", "Independence Day", "Who'll Stop The Rain", "Two Hearts", "The Promised Land", "This Land Is Your Land", "The River", "Badlands", "Cadillac Ranch", "Sherry Darling", "Hungry Heart", "Because The Night", "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)", "Stolen Car", "Wreck On The Highway", "Point Blank", "Candy's Room", "Ramrod", and "Rockin' All Over The World".

Audience tape. Two recording sources are known, both of which miss small segments of various songs. Mjk5510 has patched a new recording source with parts of the old 'River Flood' tape to form a complete, unedited concert. Part of the show is filmed with no sound from the audience, but this footage does not circulate.
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1981-04-29 - SPORTPALEIS AHOY, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / THE PROMISED LAND / BADLANDS / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / CANDY'S ROOM / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / I'M A ROCKER / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

First ever Springsteen performance of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Run Through The Jungle", which opens the show to stunning effect. Perhaps more of an adaptation than a cover, with an ethereal arrangement, lyrical variations throughout and even extra verses, presumably penned by Springsteen:
Well now the land's on fire
It's written in blood in the sky
Better load shotguns out of the trunk
The city's burning tonight
Better wake up, look out your window
I see the tide is turning
'Cause out across the cornfield tonight
I see crosses burning
(courtesy springsteenlyrics.com)
Click the link above for audio of "Run Through The Jungle". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". During "Racing In The Street", Bruce unusually reprises the chorus at the end of the outro. European debut of "I'm A Rocker" and the first ever performances in the Netherlands of "Factory", "Fire", and "Racing In The Street". KRO Radio conduct a ten-minute phone interview with Steve Van Zandt for De Noen Show.

Audience tape released on CD 'Run Through The Jungle' (BSG).
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1981-05-01 - FORUM KØBENHAVN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

HUNGRY HEART

Live with Danish band Malurt, Bruce's first ever guest appearance in Europe and his first ever appearance in Denmark.

Soundboard tape. Available on several bootlegs; most notably E Street Records's three-CD set 'Deep Down In The Vaults'.
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1981-05-02 - BRONDBY-HALLEN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

FOLLOW THAT DREAM / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / FIRE / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / BACKSTREETS / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / I'M A ROCKER / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Bruce's first ever appearance in Denmark (except his guest spot with Malurt on "Hungry Heart" the previous night). "This Land Is Your Land" includes the Bruce's "streets of Brixton" verse. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Rockin' All Over The World" includes a unique extended, apparently improvised introduction.

Audience tape.
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1981-05-03 - SCANDINAVIUM, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN

RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

"Run Through The Jungle" opens the set for the second time. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". First ever performances in Sweden of "Run Through The Jungle", "Prove It All Night", "The Ties That Bind", "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", "Independence Day", "Who'll Stop The Rain", "Two Hearts", "The Promised Land", "Out In The Street", "This Land Is Your Land", "The River", "Badlands", "Cadillac Ranch", "Sherry Darling", "Hungry Heart", "Because The Night", "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)", "Wreck On The Highway", "Racing In The Street", "Candy's Room", "Ramrod", "Can't Help Falling In Love", and "Rockin' All Over The World".

Audience tape. Two recording sources are available, released on CDR 'A Long Way From The Boardwalk'. A second source is in limited circulation.
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1981-05-05 - DRAMMENSHALLEN, DRAMMEN, NORWAY

FACTORY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / FIRE / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Bruce's first ever appearance in Norway. "This Land Is Your Land" includes Bruce's "streets of Brixton" verse. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". This show is often considered to have taken place in Oslo, it was actually held in Drammen, a large city about 25 miles from Oslo.

Audience tape (Unbooted) which has been described as the worst of the tour - it's not quite that.
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1981-05-07 - JOHANNESHOVS ISSTADION, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

FOLLOW THAT DREAM / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / STOLEN CAR / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Detroit Medley" includes "High School Confidential". First ever performances in Sweden of "Follow That Dream", "Fire", and "Stolen Car".

Audience tapes. Two recordings are known to exist. The first was originally bootlegged on vinyl as 'Follow That Dream' (unknown label) and subsequently on CDs with the same title (Boss Records, Golden Stars), remastered version 'Follow That Dream Revisited' (Piggham) and in improved quality on CDR 'Warm Welcome In Stockholm' (Ev2) and 'Follow That Dream' (Godfather). Fairly regular crackles indicate that all these CDs use the vinyl as source, and feature several edits, most notably in "The River" and "The Promised Land". An alternative tape (from MJK5510) emerged in January 2013 without edits in these two songs, but with edits in "Who'll Stop The Rain" (missing 10 seconds), "Thunder Road" (38 seconds), "Backstreets" (missing 19 seconds from the introduction) and "Detroit Medley" (54 seconds). Patched versions of these songs are available. Both recordings are good, but the vinyl sourced 'Warm Welcome In Stockholm' is among the best of the tour and a fine representation of a wonderful show.
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1981-05-08 - JOHANNESHOVS ISSTADION, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / THE PROMISED LAND / BADLANDS / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / BACKSTREETS / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL - LAND OF 1000 DANCES / CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / TWIST AND SHOUT

Set features the last Springsteen performance of "Run Through The Jungle" and the European debut of "The Price You Pay", played in the full-band arrangement, plus the first ever performances in Sweden of "Factory", "Point Blank", and "Twist And Shout". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Unusually, set does not include "Thunder Road". Bruce introduces his niece JoAnn Springsteen during "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" and "Detroit Medley" includes both "High School Confidential" and "Land Of 1000 Dances". This show is considered by many to be the best of all the European shows.

Audience tapes. Released on CD 'Teardrops On The City' and also 'Teardrops On The City Revisited' which is remastered from the LP version and out on Piggham Records. A second source emerged in 2013 (via MJK5510) which includes the complete "Run Through The Jungle" (the start is cut on 'Teardrops On The City'). Several other tracks do have edits, however.
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1981-05-11 - CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND

FOLLOW THAT DREAM / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / POINT BLANK / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

First British show since 1975 at the Hammersmith Odeon, and start of nearly a month of touring in the UK over 16 shows. Bruce also inserts a unique verse of his own into "This Land Is Your Land" referencing the recent Brixton riots in London. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Detroit Medley" features the 'when we do this...' schtick. First ever performances in England of "Follow That Dream", "Prove It All Night", "Out In The Street", "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", "Independence Day", "Who'll Stop The Rain", "Two Hearts", "The Promised Land", "This Land Is Your Land", "The River", "Badlands", "Cadillac Ranch", "Sherry Darling", "Hungry Heart", "Because The Night", "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)", "Wreck On The Highway", "Racing In The Street", "Candy's Room", "Ramrod", "Point Blank", and "Rockin' All Over The World". Show was rescheduled from March 31.

Audience tape available on CDR 'You Can Look' - good quality tape.
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1981-05-13 - APOLLO THEATRE, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Soundcheck: JOHNNY BYE-BYE / THE PROMISED LAND

FOLLOW THAT DREAM / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / THE PROMISED LAND / BADLANDS / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / THE PRICE YOU PAY / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

World premiere of "Johnny Bye-Bye", with different lyrics to the version released on the single B-side in 1985, and the first ever performances in England of "The Ties That Bind", "Factory", "Fire", and "The Price You Pay". "This Land Is Your Land" is dedicated to Bob Marley who had died earlier that day in Miami, FL. Show was rescheduled from March 23.

Audience tape.
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1981-05-14 - APOLLO THEATRE, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / RAMROD / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Shortest night on entire European tour as Bruce was in poor voice. Gig was rescheduled from March 24 as Bruce was ill then as well.

Audience tape released on CDR 'Short Short Night At The Apollo'.
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1981-05-16 - EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / RACING IN THE STREET / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". Bruce's first ever appearance in Scotland. Show was rescheduled from March 30.

Audience tape available on CDR 'Look Over Yonder, Scotland'.
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1981-05-17 - EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

THE TIES THAT BIND / OUT IN THE STREET / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / THUNDER ROAD / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - LAND OF 1000 DANCES / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

"The Ties That Bind" opens a show for the first time. Clarence sings the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". First ever performances in Scotland of "Factory", "Johnny Bye-Bye", "Fire", "Wreck On The Highway", and "Backstreets".

Audience tape available on CDR 'An Edinburgh Fling'.
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1981-05-20 - NEW BINGLEY HALL, STAFFORD, ENGLAND

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Roy plays a "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". Clarence sings the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".

Audience tape of fairly poor quality but the venue (a cattle market) didn't help any.
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1981-05-26 - THE BRIGHTON CENTRE, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Show was rescheduled from March 17. The first of two shows at the approximately 4,500 seat Brighton Centre. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". Clarence sings the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Following the show Springsteen had a stroll along the Brighton seafront with Richard Williams, a journalist with the Sunday Times. Williams' interview in the Times was printed on May 31, 1981.

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1981-05-27 - THE BRIGHTON CENTRE, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / THE PRICE YOU PAY / TWO HEARTS / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THUNDER ROAD / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / STOLEN CAR / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY - HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

Excellent versions of "Point Blank" and "Jungleland" (the first version of the European Tour). Last "The Price You Pay" until 2009, performed in the full-band arrangement. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions. First ever performances in England of "Stolen Car" and "I'm A Rocker".

Audience tape (Unbooted). Two versions circulate, the one which has better sound quality is missing "Hungry Heart".
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1981-05-29 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

Soundcheck: includes TRAPPED

BORN TO RUN / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / TRAPPED / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / STOLEN CAR / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

First ever Springsteen performance of "Trapped", played in an arrangement that is wildly different to Jimmy Cliff's original. "Trapped" was also soundchecked, with Bruce and the band spending some time working on the instrumentation. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". Clarence sings the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", which also includes "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions. "Detroit Medley" features the emergency announcement / "when me and the Big Man do this" schtick. Show was rescheduled from March 19.

Audience tape (Doctordavros).
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1981-05-30 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / JACKSON CAGE / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / TWIST AND SHOUT

European debut of "Jackson Cage". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions. Available on CDR 'Live At The Empire Pool'. Show was rescheduled from March 20.

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1981-06-01 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

THE TIES THAT BIND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - SHAKE

Set includes "The Ties That Bind" to open the set and "Shake" as part of the "Detroit Medley". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". Show was rescheduled from April 2.

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1981-06-02 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / BORN TO RUN / JUNGLELAND / I FOUGHT THE LAW (with Link Wray) / DETROIT MEDLEY - SHAKE - SWEET SOUL MUSIC

Link Wray joins the band for the European debut of "I Fought The Law". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions. Show was rescheduled from April 3.

Audience tape.
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1981-06-04 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

Soundcheck: includes PROVE IT ALL NIGHT

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / JACKSON CAGE / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - SHAKE - SWEET SOUL MUSIC

Show was rescheduled from April 4. An attendee recalls that "Prove It All Night" is included in soundcheck. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". Clarence sings the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Epic 15-minute "Detroit Medley" includes both "Shake" and "Sweet Soul Music".

Audience tape. Two recording sources are available, released on CDR "A Night At Wembley". A second source was released on CDR "Just On Thing You Can Do".
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1981-06-05 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / I FOUGHT THE LAW / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE / DETROIT MEDLEY - SHAKE - SWEET SOUL MUSIC

Debut of "Jolé Blon", Bruce's version of the Cajun standard, European debut of "I Wanna Marry You", and first ever performance in England of "Can't Help Falling In Love".

Audience tape. Released on CD 'Born To Be The Boss' (TCD) and remastered on CDR with the same title (Piggham). Also released on the four-LP black vinyl and picture disc set 'Born To Be The Boss' (Holsten Team). Strangely, the picture disc set has a 'Summer '85' sticker on the front. All circulating copies of this show seem to be missing "The Promised Land".
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1981-06-07 - BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / TRAPPED / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / FIRE / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN (with Pete Townshend) / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - SHAKE - SWEET SOUL MUSIC (with Pete Townshend)

Last two tracks feature The Who's Pete Townshend, and Bruce dedicates "The Promised Land" to him. European debut of "Drive All Night" and the last performance known until 2005 (solo) and 2008 (band). Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions. Show was rescheduled from March 27.

Audience tape. Two recording sources circulate, the first source was released on CDR 'Birmingham Darling' (Earlmv), a second source entered into general circulation in January 2013 (cre001).
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1981-06-08 - BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

THE TIES THAT BIND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / JACKSON CAGE / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / JOLE BLON / FIRE / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - SHAKE - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Show was rescheduled from March 28. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes Clarence playing a snippet of "Taps" and a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music".

Audience tape. Two sources circulate. Released on CD 'For Those Who Where There That Night' (Doberman) - the cover artwork mistakenly dates the show as June 7. A second source entered circulation in January 2013 (moreman via cre001 tape transfer).
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End of the European leg of "The River" tour


1981-06-14 - HOLLYWOOD BOWL, LOS ANGELES, CA

Soundcheck: includes CADILLAC RANCH

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE PROMISED LAND (with Jackson Browne) / JOLE BLON (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / HUNGRY HEART / BROTHER JOHN IS GONE (with all performers)

Fourth annual Survival Sunday anti-nuclear benefit with Jackson Browne and Gary U.S. Bonds as well as Springsteen. After an introduction by Ron Kovic, Bruce begins with a solo "This Land Is Your Land", before being joined by Jackson Browne on an acoustic duet of "The Promised Land" and by Gary U.S. Bonds on a full-band duet on "Jole Blon", Bruce's first ever performance of the song in the U.S. The five-hour-plus extravaganza closes with the traditional gospel number "Brother John Is Gone", with all artists on stage (Bruce's first ever performance of the song). Ronald Reagan's younger daughter Patti Davis speaks at the event, as does Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Bonnie Raitt and Graham Nash also perform.

Soundboard tape of first four songs. There is video footage of several of the songs available, most recently on DVD 'Years Of Innocence'. According to press reports, Springsteen led the all-purpose backup band through "Cadillac Ranch" in the soundcheck.
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1981-06-15 - OLD WALDORF, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

JOLE BLON / THIS LITTLE GIRL / QUARTER TO THREE / SCHOOL IS OUT / NEW ORLEANS

With Gary U.S. Bonds. First Springsteen performance on "This Little Girl" and his only known performance on "School Is Out".
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1981-06-22 - MAX WEINBERG WEDDING RECEPTION, EAST ORANGE, NJ

YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / HUNGRY HEART / HERE SHE COMES / JERSEY GIRL

Other set details unknown. The wedding reception for Max Weinberg and his bride Rebecca (“Becky”). Bruce and the entire E Street Band attended and played a lengthy set. A source recalls that one of the songs Springsteen performed was “Jersey Girl” (very plausible, as Bruce premiered a cover version at his next public concert). From the clips that are available, "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)", "Hungry Heart", and "Here She Comes" are also known to have been played. It seems likely that "I Wanna Marry You" followed the latter (a short clip of which can be seen on Thom Zimny's documentary The Ties That Bind), but we have no evidence to confirm it.

The entire event was video and audio recorded but only a very brief snippet has surfaced.
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Start of the final leg of "The River" tour


1981-07-02 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / HUNGRY HEART / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / JERSEY GIRL / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - SHAKE - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Tour debuts of "Jersey Girl" and "I Don't Want To Go Home", the first ever performances in the U.S. of "Johnny Bye-Bye" and "Follow That Dream", and the last time that "Born To Run" opens the set. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" a a prelude to "Badlands". This show was the first of any event at Meadowlands; Bruce opened the arena this night. This show made the local TV news mainly due to the crass case of ticket scalping surrounding Bruce's entire Meadowlands stand.

Audience tape and soundboard recording of one song. Released on CDR 'Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Meadowlands, NJ July 2, 1981' - this CD misses the last track. Also available on 'I Never Seen Nothing Like This' which is complete and sourced from first generation tape. "Cadillac Ranch" is uncut on some sources. A soundboard recording of "I Don't Want To Go Home" can be found on CD 'I Don't Wanna Go Home' (E Street Records). Short footage of the opening night's first song, “Born To Run”, was also shown during local TV news reports (which of course are circulating on fan-made DVDs).
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1981-07-03 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / SUMMERTIME BLUES / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / THIS LITTLE GIRL (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - LAND OF 1000 DANCES - SHAKE - SWEET SOUL MUSIC

First "Summertime Blues" of the tour and the premiere of "This Little Girl", with Gary U.S. Bonds guesting. "Badlands" opens the show.

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'This Land Is Your Land' (Piggham) and more recently on CDR 'Time Can Wait' with slightly upgraded sound.
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1981-07-05 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / TRAPPED / OUT IN THE STREET / BADLANDS / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / JOLE BLON / JERSEY GIRL / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - SHAKE - SWEET SOUL MUSIC

Set includes "Thunder Road" in the opening slot for the first time. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions. First ever Springsteen performance in the U.S. of "Trapped".

Audience tape. Three recording sources circulate. Released on CDR '3rd Stand', an alternate and upgraded source was released from the master tapes (JEMS). A third tape transfer source is also in general circulation (Cre01).
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1981-07-06 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - SOCK IT TO ME BABY - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

"Detroit Medley" features the debut of Mitch Ryder's "Sock It To Me Baby". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions.

Audience tape. Audio recordings of “Independence Day”, “Cadillac Ranch”, and “Racing In The Street” from this show were officially released on the Live 1975-85 box set.
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1981-07-08 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

Soundcheck: includes ALL I NEED

BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - SOCK IT TO ME BABY - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

Bruce sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", along with a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions. Soundcheck includes "All I Need", a Springsteen composition that was eventually recorded by Gary U.S. Bonds on his album On The Line. A recording of this rehearsal can be found on CD 'The Lost Masters Vol V - Heaven's Dawn'.

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Beyond These Walls In Front Of Me' and 'When I Came Back Home'. Audio recordings of "Two Hearts" and "Candy’s Room" from this show were officially released on the Live 1975-85 box set.
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1981-07-09 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / TRAPPED / OUT IN THE STREET / BADLANDS / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / JOLE BLON (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / THIS LITTLE GIRL (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / STAGGER LEE - ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JERSEY GIRL / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - SOCK IT TO ME BABY - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

Final show of six at Brendan Byrne Arena. Gary U.S. Bonds joins Bruce and the band for "Jole Blon" and "This Little Girl". Clarence sings the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" in the introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".

Audience tape and four songs from the soundboard. The audience recording is available on CDR 'Front Row Center' - this CD set has the last song from the opening night. The four soundboard songs are "Follow That Dream", "Trapped", "Johnny Bye-Bye", and "Jersey Girl", and can be found on CD 'I Don't Wanna Go Home' (E Street Records). Audio recording of “Jersey Girl” (with spoken intro dedicating the performance to the New Jersey fans) from this show was first officially released as a B-side to the "Cover Me" single in 1984, and later (minus intro) included on the Live 1975-85 box set.
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1981-07-11 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK, NJ

RAMROD / AROUND AND AROUND / SUMMERTIME BLUES / JOLE BLON / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN / CADILLAC RANCH

Bruce joins Clarence on stage on the opening night of his new nightclub.

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1981-07-13 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / TRAPPED / OUT IN THE STREET / BADLANDS / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / RACING IN THE STREET / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - SOCK IT TO ME BABY - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

Opening night of a five-night stand at Philadelphia's Spectrum arena. "Thunder Road" opens the show and "Badlands" closes the first set.

Audience tape released on 'Seven Hearts In Philadelphia' (Earlmv).
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1981-07-15 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a bridge between "The River" and "Badlands". An audience sign-request leads to an unusually-placed "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" opening the second set.

Audience tape available on the Crystal Cat release 'Spectrum Night'.
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1981-07-16 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / FIRE / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions.

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Broad And Patterson'.
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1981-07-18 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

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1981-07-19 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FOR YOU / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / I FOUGHT THE LAW / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / GROWIN' UP / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

Set includes only the second "Growin' Up of 1981, last played some six months prior in South Bend, IN, which features the spaceman story.

Audience tape available on CDR 'Philadelphia 81'.
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1981-07-23 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL

Postponed to September 10 due to Bruce being ill. Only two shows were originally scheduled at the Rosemont Horizon, a third show was added when tickets went on sale for the rescheduled dates in September.
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1981-07-24 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL

Postponed to September 11 due to Bruce being ill.
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1981-07-26 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH

Postponed to September 13 due to Bruce being ill.
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1981-07-27 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH

Postponed to September 14 due to Bruce being ill.
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1981-07-29 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / FOR YOU / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with Southside Johnny) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

The show features Southside Johnny making a guest appearance on "I Don't Want To Go Home" in the encores.

Audience tape. Available on CDR 'The Highway's Free To Cleveland'.
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1981-07-30 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH

Soundcheck: includes NOT TOO YOUNG TO GET MARRIED

ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / I FOUGHT THE LAW / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with Southside Johnny) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / TWIST AND SHOUT

Show again includes Southside Johnny on the encore "I Don't Want To Go Home". High energy set opens with "Rockin' All Over The World" and closes with an nearly ten-minute "Twist And Shout". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music" in the midsection. The soundcheck includes Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans' 1963 single "Not Too Young To Get Married". The Phil Spector-produced group included backing vocalist Darlene Love, whom Bruce has covered and played with several times over the years. However, he never played this song in concert.

Audience tape, including a 2012 transfer from the JEMS master cassettes. A recording of the soundcheck (or at least part of it) does exist.
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1981-08-04 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / FOR YOU / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

Show is considered to be one of the hottest shows ever.

Audience tape. Available on CDRs 'Largo 81 First Night' and 'Have The Faith - Landover '81' (Ev2). The latter is sourced from the master cassettes in great sound quality.
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1981-08-05 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD

ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / OUT IN THE STREET / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / FIRE / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / TWIST AND SHOUT

Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands".

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1981-08-06 - BAYOU CLUB, WASHINGTON, DC

CAROL

Audience tape (Unbooted). Eight-minute version with Robbin Thompson (formerly of Steel Mill).
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1981-08-07 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD

BADLANDS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / SUMMERTIME BLUES / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THUNDER ROAD / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - NEW ORLEANS - SHAKE / TWIST AND SHOUT

Detroit Medley” includes a snippet of the “New Orleans” chant. Available on CDR 'Largo 81 Second Night' - strange title as this was the third concert here!

Audience tape.
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1981-08-08 - JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MI

Rescheduled to August 11 for unknown reason.
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1981-08-09 - JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MI

Rescheduled to August 12 for unknown reason.
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1981-08-11 - JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MI

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / SUMMERTIME BLUES / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / FOR YOU / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I’M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

This show was originally scheduled for August 8. 29-song set includes "Thunder Road" to open, "Summertime Blues", "Jackson Cage" and "For You". Bruce sings a bit of Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" as an introduction to "I'm A Rocker". Click the date/location link above for some great photos by JEMS.

Audience tape available from the JEMS master cassettes, titled 'Detroit River City'.
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1981-08-12 - JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MI

ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / OUT IN THE STREET / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY (with Mitch Ryder) / BORN TO RUN / TWIST AND SHOUT

Detroit Medley”, with Mitch Ryder guesting, is the short version without all the additional song snippets, and does not include "I Hear A Train". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". This concert was originally scheduled for August 9.

Complete audience tape and also partial soundboard. The soundboard is available on CD 'Summer Tour 81' (Flamingo Records) and features nine tracks, running from "Sherry Darling" to the end of the show.
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1981-08-16 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE, MORRISON, CO

Soundcheck: HUNGRY HEART / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / SEA CRUISE / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / GROWIN' UP / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE / TWIST AND SHOUT

Set includes first performance and tour premiere of "Sea Cruise". Springsteen's second appearance at the outdoor venue. Soundcheck is completed with a small audience in attendance - fortunately taped for posterity. During the afternoon the weather at Red Rocks is bright and sunny, but in the evening the temperature drops and it rains heavily. Bruce adjusts the setlist appropriately with the addition of "Who'll Stop The Rain" and "Sea Cruise". "Growin' Up" features the spaceman story. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes "Sweet Soul Music", as well as a snippet of the "Call To Post" during the band introductions. During the encores Bruce suggests that they might move the next night's show indoors, but the crowd votes to keep it outdoors.

Audience tape available from the master tapes (persic).
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1981-08-17 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE, MORRISON, CO

Soundcheck: RAVE ON / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / OUT IN THE STREET / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / SUMMERTIME BLUES / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / FOR YOU / HUNGRY HEART / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / TWIST AND SHOUT

Beautiful "Racing In The Street". Show includes one of the five performances of "Summertime Blues" on the River Tour. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands".

Audience tape. Again from Mark Persic's master recording. Ev2's 'Follow What's In Your Heart' also includes the soundchecked song "Rave On" and many bonus tracks from the previous nights 'Red Rocks' show including the soundchecked "Good Rockin' Tonight" and the only recorded performance of "Sea Cruise".
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1981-08-20 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BALLAD OF EASY RIDER / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - LAND OF 1000 DANCES - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE / TWIST AND SHOUT

Concert is a benefit for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation and features passionate versions of many songs, including "The River", "Who'll Stop The Rain", "Prove It All Night", and "Darkness On The Edge Of Town". Also includes a stunning "Ballad Of Easy Rider", the only known performance. Springsteen stops singing during "The River", either due to overwhelming emotion or to shake hands with the veterans seated around the stage - opinion is divided. An outstanding “Detroit Medley” includes snippets of “I Hear A Train”, "Land Of 1000 Dances", “Sweet Soul Music” and “Shake”. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" also includes a brief "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions. Widely considered one of Springsteen's finest shows.

Audience tape and partial (45 minutes of the first set) soundboard. Released on CD 'A Night For The Vietnam Veteran' (Winged Wheel), and 'Written On The Wall' from a remastered tape. Now available as a direct master recording remaster by Ev2 which has the complete "This Land Is Your Land" and "Twist And Shout" from the very good sounding audience tape. None of the previous recordings/sources had these two songs as complete from the better sounding audience tape. This is the same source as "Written On The Wall" but from a direct master recording which results in a slightly better sound quality - 'As Dreams Don't Mean Nothin' - A Night For The Vietnam Veterans' (Ev2).
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1981-08-21 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / BADLANDS / FOR YOU / HUNGRY HEART (with Flo and Eddie) / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / POINT BLANK / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - LAND OF 1000 DANCES - SHAKE / TWIST AND SHOUT

Flo and Eddie contribute vocals on "Hungry Heart".

Audience tape. Now available as a direct master recording remaster by Ev2 on two CDs - "For You" fades in on this source but the sound is a huge upgrade over previous sources - 'It Took Us 30 Years' (Ev2).
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1981-08-23 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

SUMMERTIME BLUES / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / OUT IN THE STREET / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / FIRE / STOLEN CAR / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / RAVE ON / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - SOCK IT TO ME BABY - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE / TWIST AND SHOUT

Only performance of "Rave On" on the tour. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". Final "Stolen Car" of the tour. "Detroit Medley" does not include "I Hear A Train".

Audience tape. Available as a direct master recording remaster title 'Travel In Fear' (Ev2) - the sound is a big upgrade over the previous low-gen source.
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1981-08-24 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

BADLANDS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / GROWIN' UP / POINT BLANK / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JERSEY GIRL (with Tom Waits) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE / TWIST AND SHOUT

Show features a guest appearance by Tom Waits on "Jersey Girl" which Bruce introduces as "...when I heard it, I remember it was one of those songs I said “Well, I wish, I wish I’d wrote that." Bruce also dedicates "Johnny Bye-Bye" to Tom. "Growin' Up" features the spaceman story. "Detroit Medley" does not include "I Hear A Train".

Audience tape (two sources) and partial soundboard (Unbooted). The first audience source comes from Mark Persic's master recording and was also remastered by Ev2 ('Scenery In Another Play'). The second audience source, which is incomplete and of lower quality, is in limited circulation. The soundboard source begins with "Cadillac Ranch" in progress and fades out around two minutes into "Twist And Shout". It was released on CD 'I Don't Wanna Go Home' (E Street Records), and three tracks (comprised of "Point Blank", "Johnny Bye-Bye" and "Jersey Girl") are available on CD 'Point Blank' (Great Dane).
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1981-08-27 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / GROWIN' UP / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / POINT BLANK / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - LAND OF 10000 DANCES - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE / TWIST AND SHOUT

"Growin' Up" features a story about Peter Pan. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Sweet Soul Music" during the band introductions.

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1981-08-28 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / OUT IN THE STREET / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / DEPORTEE (PLANE WRECK AT LOS GATOS) / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / I FOUGHT THE LAW / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART (with Flo and Eddie) / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / PROUD MARY / FIRE / RACING IN THE STREET / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / QUARTER TO THREE

Only performance this tour of Woody Guthrie's protest song "Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)" and debut of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary". First "Quarter To Three" since October 1980. The last show ever to include all eight classic "bookends," with the exception of May 7, 2008, when both the Born To Run and Darkness On The Edge Of Town records were played front-to-back.

Audience tape. Now available as direct master recording remaster 'Scattered Like Dry Leaves' from Ev2 - sound is among the best of the Los Angeles 1981 stand and is a HUGE upgrade over the previous low-gen source for this show.
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1981-09-02 - SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA, SAN DIEGO, CA

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / I FOUGHT THE LAW / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / GROWIN' UP / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / QUARTER TO THREE

Last known performance of "Jackson Cage" until 2002 and the final "Growin' Up of the tour, which includes the Peter Pan story. "Quarter To Three" closes the set again.

Audience tape. Two recording sources circulate, one incomplete source from the master tapes (D.S.) is missing the first two and last three songs. A second complete source, only missing the end of "Quarter To Three", is also available from the master tapes (Persic).
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1981-09-05 - PERKIN'S PALACE, PASADENA, CA

(YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER

With The Pretenders.

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1981-09-08 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL

ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / POINT BLANK / CANDY'S ROOM / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN - SWEET SOUL MUSIC - SHAKE

It is reported that "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" was also played at this show. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". Rescheduled from July 21.

Audience tape and video. Ninety minutes of fairly poor quality video footage also circulates, comprised of seventeen tracks from the middle of the show. The video starts with "Two Hearts", and cuts during "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
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1981-09-10 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL

OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / I FOUGHT THE LAW / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / FOR YOU / HUNGRY HEART / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - MONY MONY / TWIST AND SHOUT

Tour premiere and the sole performance of "She's The One" of the tour. It won't be played again until opening night of the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour in 1988. Includes the "Mona" introduction, similar (but not quite so long) to what was played in 1978. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "[[Badlands]". The second set opens with "For You". "Mony Mony" is included in the "Detroit Medley" for the first time. Rescheduled from July 23.

Audience tape. Two recording sources circulate, version one is via the 'River Flood' project, the second emerged in April 2013 and is transferred from a first generation tape by mjk5510. Both tapes are of good quality, particularly the latter.
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1981-09-11 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL

THUNDER ROAD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JERSEY GIRL / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / BADLANDS / HUNGRY HEART / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / FOR YOU / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - MONY MONY / QUARTER TO THREE

"It's Hard To Be A Saint in The City" played for first time on the tour and last ever performance of the "Here She Comes" introduction to "I Wanna Marry You". It won't be until 1996 before "I Wanna Marry You" is performed again acoustically, and 2009 before it's played again with the band. Rescheduled from July 24.

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1981-09-13 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH

OUT IN THE STREET / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / JOLE BLON / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / BACKSTREETS / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - LAND Of 10000 DANCES - MONY MONY / TWIST AND SHOUT

Rescheduled from July 26. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes "Sweet Soul Music" in the midsection.

Audience tape. Two recording sources circulate, one from a 1st generation tape source (mjk5510) and a second source from a 2012 transfer of the JEMS master cassettes.
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1981-09-14 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH

ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TRAPPED / TWO HEARTS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / PROUD MARY / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / RACING IN THE STREET / RAMROD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN - MONY MONY / QUARTER TO THREE

Last night of the tour and some farewells - "It's Hard To Be A Saint in The City" (last performance until 1996 solo, or 2000 with the full band), "The Ties That Bind" (last performance until 1999), and the final show for Steve Van Zandt as a member of the E Street Band until the Reunion Tour in 1999. Also the final "Quarter To Three" until 1988. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "Badlands". A member of the crew introduces Bruce at the beginning of the band introductions in "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" with an acoustic poem in the style of the one Bruce introduced Roy with elsewhere on the tour. This show had been rescheduled from July 27.

Audience tape available on CDR 'Riverfront Coliseum'.
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End of "The River" tour


1981-09-24 - CLARENCE CLEMONS WEDDING RECEPTION, HONOLULU, HI

No set details known. Wedding reception for the Big Man and his bride, Christina Sandgren. The entire E Street Band, key management and respective wives/girlfriends attended, as well as Bruce and his then-girlfriend Joyce Hyser. Springsteen acted as “Best Man”. As had been the case at Max Weinberg’s wedding three months earlier, Bruce & the E Street Band performed a lengthy, rollicking set at the reception, all of which was audio and video recorded – but none of which has surfaced to collectors. This event (albeit a private and unofficial one) remains the only known Springsteen performance in the state of Hawaii.
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1981-11-00 - THE POWER STATION, NEW YORK CITY, NY

MEN WITHOUT WOMEN / ANGEL EYES / UNTIL THE GOOD IS GONE

Springsteen visits studio sessions being conducted by Steve Van Zandt for his work-in-progress debut solo album and provides harmony vocals on the three above-mentioned tracks. Van Zandt's core backing band for the project consisted of Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg and Danny Federici. Springsteen's contributions are not credited in the album liner notes but have been subsequently confirmed in interview by Van Zandt.

The three recordings featuring Bruce's guest spots were included on Little Steven's Men Without Women album when it was released in October 1982.
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