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1986
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1986-01-19 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

MY HOMETOWN / THE PROMISED LAND / BADLANDS / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / STAND ON IT / RAMROD / TWIST AND SHOUT

'Jam '86 Hometown Benefit' for the 3M Plant in Freehold with the full E Street Band, minus Nils Lofgren and Roy Bittan. On the audience tape, the big question is: “Is it Bruce or is it the taper?” and most of the time it’s the taper. On the other hand, he is in a fine voice and a die hard fan who knows all the lyrics. On a more serious note: the show includes a unique “Stand On It” with a saxophone solo in the middle.

Audience tape. Filmed by ABC and clips are broadcast on 20/20.
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1986-02-00 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Rehearsals for the play “Lady Beth” put on by the out of work 3M workers from the plant in Freehold. Bruce attends the rehearsals and decides to fund the endeavours of the workers in putting on the play.
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1986-02-00 - SHOREFIRE STUDIOS, LONG BRANCH, NJ

WE’VE GOT THE LOVE

With Garry Tallent and Tim Ryan producing, Bruce Springsteen records a lead guitar solo for this multi-artist charity recording, part of a forthcoming Jersey Artists For Mankind (‘JAM’) release to fight global hunger.

The 7" single was released on May 16th 1986 and 12" extended mix versions (also with Bruce’s guitar part present) a couple of weeks later. The video for the track was filmed on April 26-27, 1986 in Red Bank, NJ and featured most of those heard on the record with the notable exception of Springsteen.
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1986-03-02 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

STAND ON IT / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / DARLINGTON COUNTY / THE PROMISED LAND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / I'M GOIN' DOWN / MY HOMETOWN / CADILLAC RANCH / GLORY DAYS

Bruce and the full E Street Band, except Roy Bittan. Once again a special “Stand On It”, this time with the saxophone solo at the end. “The Promised Land” has a unique guitar solo at the end, most likely courtesy our man. “I’m Goin’ Down” has lengthy guitar work from Bruce and Nils Lofgren from the middle until Clarence Clemons does his solo at the end.

Audience tape.
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1986-05-29 - EAST FREEHOLD PARK, FREEHOLD, NJ

Cancelled concert, never re-scheduled. This was to have been the Jersey Artists For Mankind outdoor benefit to promote the May 16 release of the “JAM" single. Despite the fact that neither Springsteen or any E Street Band members were promoted or billed for the show, rumors began circulating in mid April that Bruce was going to show up and play, which saw town officials revoke the organizers concert permit on April 22. The Park could only accommodate 12,000 and there were fears that, even without tickets, 100,000 people might turn up in sleepy Freehold once the Springsteen rumor spread widely. As it was revealed much later, Bruce had not committed to perform - but had not ruled it out either and was leaning towards making an appearance if things could be kept under wraps. They couldn’t.
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1986-09-26 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Bruce is in the audience at a play (“Lady Beth”) at the Stone Pony. This play was put on by out-of-work 3M workers from the plant in Freehold. Bruce gets up on stage and gives a speech and poses with the play’s performers.

Video footage of this event is on the "This Is Your Life" DVD set.



1986-10-00 - WNET STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Director Hart Perry films interviews with Springsteen and John Hammond (both separately and together), as part of a work-in-progress documentary about the career of Hammond. This was early in the film’s production schedule. However the untimely death of Hammond in October 1987 ended up causing a delay in the completion of the project.

John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen was first broadcast (via PBS stations across the U.S.A.) on August 20, 1990. It was later released commercially in various formats. Much of the late 1986 Springsteen film footage (allegedly including a solo, acoustic song performance ultimately not utilized in the documentary) remains in the vault. A brief audio snippet of Springsteen singing “Forever Young” at Hammond’s October 22, 1987 funeral (see Brucebase listing) can be heard over the film’s closing credits.
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1986-10-13 - SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA

With Neil Young: HELPLESS (with Nils Lofgren)

Solo: YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BORN IN THE U.S.A.

With Nils Lofgren and Danny Federici: SEEDS / DARLINGTON COUNTY / MANSION ON THE HILL / FIRE / DANCING IN THE DARK / GLORY DAYS / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / HUNGRY HEART (with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) / TEACH YOUR CHILDREN (with all performers)

Neil and Pegi Young's first Bridge School Benefit concert. Proceeds benefit the Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. Acoustic show accompanied by Nils Lofgren and Danny Federici. A stunning, inspired performance from Bruce. "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" is sung a capella. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young join on "Hungry Heart", and "Teach Your Children features all of the evening's performers: Young, along with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash; Lofgren (who includes Springsteen's "Man At The Top" in his set); Don Henley, along with J.D. Souther; Tom Petty; and comedian Robin Williams.

Soundboard, video feed and audience tape. Four recording sources circulate, one source was released as part of the three-LP set 'Acoustic Tales' (Backstreets Records). A second source was released on the LP 'You Better Not Touch' (Spacematic Records). The third source was released on the LP 'Bruce, Danny & Nils Serenade By The Sea' (The Sphynx Records) & the LP 'Acoustic Concert (The Bridge Benefit)' (B.C Records). The fourth source entered circulation via a first generation tape transfer (mjk5510). Released on CD's 'You Better Not Touch' (Go Go) and an exact copy on 'You Better Not Touch' (Crystal Cat). Video of the complete show is available on DVD 'A Gift From Jakob's Dad'. This DVD is sourced from a first generation tape and is a big upgrade over what has circulated in the past. It also includes all the other performers. The acoustic performance of “Fire” from this show was officially released as a music video in 1987 and later also included on the Video Anthology VHS/DVD. Audio of "Helpless" and "Born In The U.S.A." is available on the 2006 iTunes-only compilation The Bridge School Collection, Vol. 2.
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1986-11-05 - LE ZÉNITH DE PARIS, PARIS, FRANCE

BAREFOOTIN' (with Huey Lewis and The News and Bob Geldof)

Bruce and Bob Geldof join Huey Lewis and the News. Only known Springsteen performance.

Audience tape. The entire performance was shown on VH1 and is now circulating on fan-made DVD compilations such as the 4-volume set “This Is Your Life”.
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