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1997
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Start of the Australia / Japan leg of the "Solo Acoustic" tour


1997-01-27 - KOKUSAI FORUM HALL, INTERNATIONAL FORUM, TOKYO, JAPAN

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / MANSION ON THE HILL / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

First ever performances in Japan of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad", "Straight Time", "Highway 29", "Mansion On The Hill", "Red Headed Woman", "Two Hearts", "Brothers Under The Bridge", "Dry Lightning", "Spare Parts", "Sinaloa Cowboys", "The Line", "Balboa Park", "Across The Border", "This Hard Land", "Streets Of Philadelphia", and "If I Should Fall Behind".

Audience tape and video filmed from the audience. Three songs were professionally filmed and broadcast on Japanese television; "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", "Across The Border" and "No Surrender". Released on CD 'Straight Time' (Amsterdam Records).
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1997-01-27 - TV ASAHI STUDIOS, TOKYO, JAPAN

Bruce does a short interview and the video of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" filmed on the night is played.



1997-01-29 - KOKUSAI FORUM HALL, INTERNATIONAL FORUM, TOKYO, JAPAN

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / NEBRASKA / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / NO SURRENDER / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

Some setlist sites have doubts of the order of "Streets Of Philadelphia" and "No Surrender", but after closely analysing the audio from the 'Brothers Under The Bridges' release there are no noticeable edits and therefore "Streets Of Philadelphia" / "No Surrender" is the correct order. First ever performances in Japan of "Adam Raised A Cain" and "Nebraska".

Audience tape. Released on CD 'Brothers Under The Bridges' (sic) (Amsterdam Records).
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1997-01-30 - KOKUSAI FORUM HALL, INTERNATIONAL FORUM, TOKYO, JAPAN

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / ADAM RAISED CAIN / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / NEBRASKA / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / NO SURRENDER / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

Only one change to the set from the previous night, "The River" replacing "Brothers Under The Bridge".

Audience tape released on CD 'Across The Border' (Amsterdam Records).
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1997-01-31 - KOKUSAI FORUM HALL, INTERNATIONAL FORUM, TOKYO, JAPAN

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / YOUNGSTOWN / SPARE PARTS / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / GALVESTON BAY / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

First ever performances in Japan of "Murder Incorporated", "Highway Patrolman", "Youngstown", and "Galveston Bay".

Audience tape. Released on CDs 'Tokyo Night' (Crystal Cat), 'Dry Lightning' (Amsterdam Records) and 'Grapes Of Wrath' (Growin' Records).
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1997-02-04 - QPAC CONCERT HALL, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / NEBRASKA / THE WISH / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / THIS HARD LAND / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

First night of ten in Australia. First ever performances in Australia of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad", "Straight Time", "Highway 29", "The Wish", "Red Headed Woman", "Two Hearts", "Brothers Under The Bridge", "Dry Lightning", "Long Time Comin'", "Sinaloa Cowboys", "The Line", "Balboa Park", "Across The Border", "This Hard Land", "There Will Never Be Any Other For Me But You", and "If I Should Fall Behind".

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Brisbane 97 First'.



1997-02-05 - QPAC CONCERT HALL, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

First ever performances in Australia of "Adam Raised A Cain", "Highway Patrolman", "It's The Little Things That Count", and "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?".

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Brisbane 97 Second'.
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1997-02-07 - CAPITOL THEATRE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHER UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / GALVESTON BAY / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

First ever performance in Australia of "Galveston Bay". Final tour performance of "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?".

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Sydney 97 First'.
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1997-02-08 - CAPITOL THEATRE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / MANSION ON THE HILL / PILGRIM IN THE TEMPLE OF LOVE / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SPARE PARTS / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / THIS HARD LAND / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

First ever performances in Australia of "Murder Incorporated", "Mansion On The Hill", "Pilgrim In The Temple Of Love", and "Spare Parts". Set includes the last "Mansion On The Hill", "Pilgrim In The Temple Of Love" and "Spare Parts" of the tour.

Audience tape.
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1997-02-10 - CAPITOL THEATRE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / POINT BLANK / THE WISH / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / THIS HARD LAND / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / IF I SHOULD I FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

First ever performances in Australia of "Youngstown" and "Blinded By The Light".

Audience tape. Released on CD 'Long Time Coming To Sydney' (Tobler Records).
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1997-02-11 - CAPITOL THEATRE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / POINT BLANK / IN FREEHOLD / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / IF I SHOULD I FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

Audience tape. Set includes "In Freehold" for the first time outside of the Freehold show - it will be performed on all the remaining Australian shows. First ever performances in Australia of "In Freehold" and "Streets Of Philadelphia". Released on CDR 'I Come From Randolf Street, Freehold, NJ'.
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1997-02-12 - CAPITOL THEATRE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / IN FREEHOLD / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ACROSS THE BORDER / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / NO SURRENDER / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

First ever performance in Australia of "Tom Joad".

Audience tape. Released on 'Sydney Night' (Crystal Cat).
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1997-02-15 - PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / POINT BLANK / IN FREEHOLD / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHER UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / THE PROMISED LAND

4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” has its fourth and last performance of the tour, and its first ever performance in Australia.

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Melbourne First'.
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1997-02-16 - PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IN FREEHOLD / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / RACING IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND

Last "Blinded Of The Light" of the tour, and "Reason To Believe" returns for its first performance of 1997.

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Melbourne Second'.



1997-02-17 - PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / IN FREEHOLD / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / GALVESTON BAY / ACROSS THE BORDER / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / RACING IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND

"Galveston Bay" is performed in the main set for the only time on the tour. Last "Racing In The Street" of the tour.

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Melbourne Third'.
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End of the Australia / Japan leg of the "Solo Acoustic" tour


1997-02-26 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD

Annual Grammy Awards broadcast live on CBS. Springsteen wins the 'Best Contemporary Folk Album' Grammy for The Ghost Of Tom Joad. He performs a solo acoustic rendition of the title track, introduced by Pete Seeger.
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1997-03-08 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ

Soundcheck: MY GIRL (x2-3) / THE TEARS OF A CLOWN / PEOPLE GET READY / BRING IT ON HOME TO ME / BRAND NEW CADILLAC

GOD DON'T MAKE LONELY GIRLS / MY GIRL / BRAND NEW CADILLAC / BRING IT ON HOME TO ME (with Jon Bon Jovi) / NOT FADE AWAY

With the Wallflowers. Bruce was present for the soundcheck, which included the above numbers, and is reported to be very prominent on them, singing and playing with a lot of energy. Jon Bon Jovi also joins on "Bring It On Home To Me".

Audience tape of the soundcheck is recorded from outside the venue.



1997-05-05 - GRAND HOTEL, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / THUNDER ROAD

Bruce receives the Polar Music Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Broadcast live on Swedish TV. Audio of Springsteen's performances, speech and an interview are included as bonus tracks on Crystal Cat's 'Olympic Stadion First Night'.
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Start of the final leg of the "Solo Acoustic" tour


1997-05-06 - AUSTRIA CENTER VIENNA, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / NEBRASKA / IN FREEHOLD / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / THIS HARD LAND / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND

Bruce's first ever appearance in Austria. European debuts for "In Freehold", "Long Time Comin'", and "There Will Never Be Any Other For Me But You".

Audience tape. Available on CD 'Acoustic By Boss' (PPR Records).
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1997-05-07 - AUSTRIA CENTER VIENNA, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / POINT BLANK / IN FREEHOLD / RED HEADED WOMAN / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / YOUNGSTOWN / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / TWO HEARTS (with Patti Scialfa) / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

Rare "Point Blank" included in the show, and only the third "Youngstown" of 1997. Patti Scialfa joins Bruce on stage to sing backing vocals on "Two Hearts" during the encores. First ever performances in Austria of "Adam Raised A Cain", "Murder Incorporated", "Point Blank", "The River", "Youngstown", "No Surrender", and "If I Should Fall Behind".

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Highway 29 (Revisited)'.
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1997-05-09 - SALA KONGRESOWA, WARSAW, POLAND

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / NEBRASKA / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / IN FREEHOLD / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE PROMISED LAND

Bruce's first ever appearance in Poland. Final "If I Should Fall Behind" of the tour.

Audience tape released on CDR.
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1997-05-10 - SALA KONGRESOWA, WARSAW, POLAND

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / IN FREEHOLD / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THIS HARD LAND / THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / THE PROMISED LAND

Audience tape (Unbooted). Released on CDR 'Warsaw Foreign Tongue'. Final performance of "There Will Never Be Any Other For Me But You". First ever performances in Poland of "Atlantic City", "Murder Incorporated", "Highway Patrolman", "Long Time Comin'", "Working On The Highway", and "There Will Never Be Any Other For Me But You".
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1997-05-12 - CONGRESS CENTRE, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / IN FREEHOLD / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / BOBBY JEAN / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / THE PROMISED LAND

Bruce's first ever appearance in the Czech Republic. Last tour appearances of "In Freehold" and "Streets Of Philadelphia". "No Surrender" features a new guitar introduction.

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.
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1997-05-15 - AUDITORIUM MAURICE RAVEL, LYON, FRANCE

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / GROWIN' UP / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND

"No Surrender" features the extended guitar introduction. First ever performances in France of "Highway Patrolman", "Growin' Up", "Red Headed Woman", and "Long Time Comin'".

Audience tape (Unbooted). Released on CD 'Growin' Up In Public' (Phantom).
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1997-05-16 - BERLIOZ OPERA HOUSE, LE CORUM, MONTPELLIER, FRANCE

Soundcheck: THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / MURDER INCORPORATED / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / THE PROMISED LAND / SINALOA COWBOYS / ACROSS THE BORDER / HIGHWAY 29 / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / POINT BLANK / FOR YOU / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND

Set includes "For You", the first time it has been played on the tour outside of the Paramount Theatre Asbury Park shows in November 1996 and the first ever performance of the song in France. "No Surrender" features the extended guitar introduction.

Audience tape. Released on CD 'A Night At The Opera' (Gamble), which includes the Polar Music Awards tracks from May 5.
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1997-05-18 - ACROPOLIS, NICE, FRANCE

Soundcheck: THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / MURDER INCORPORATED / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / THE PROMISED LAND / SINALOA COWBOYS / ACROSS THE BORDER / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / HIGHWAY 29

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THIS HARD LAND / GROWIN' UP / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND

First 1997 performance of "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" and tour premiere of "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)". Final "It's The Little Things That Count" of the tour; it will not be played again until the Doubletake benefits of 2003. First ever performance in France of "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City".

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Nice Au Printemps'.
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1997-05-19 - ZÉNITH OMÉGA, TOULON, FRANCE

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / NEBRASKA / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND

Second and final "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" of the tour. "No Surrender" features the extended guitar introduction.

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Tolone 97'.
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1997-05-21 - TEATRO VERDI, FLORENCE, ITALY

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / HAPPY BIRTHDAY - GROWIN' UP / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND

Bruce sings a line of "Mule Skinner Blues" as an introduction to "Working On The Highway". "No Surrender" features the extended guitar introduction. First ever performances in Italy of "Highway Patrolman", "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City", "Red Headed Woman", "Two Hearts", "Long Time Comin'", "Growin' Up", and "No Surrender".

Audience tape. Three recording sources are available, D3 DAT Master (Telecaster), a second source from the master is available on CDR 'Florence Nightingale' and a third source is available on the release 'Welcome To The New World Order'. Outstanding video footage of the whole of the show is available.
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1997-05-22 - TEATRO AUGUSTEO, NAPLES, ITALY

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / O SOLE MIO - GROWIN' UP / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND

Post-show: THUNDER ROAD

"O Sole Mio" is a brief singalong introduction to "Growin' Up". First ever performance in Italy of "Reason To Believe". After the show, Bruce is encouraged out onto a balcony of the theatre by a large crowd singing "O Sole Mio". Bruce (with guitar and harmonica) then conducts a singalong of "Thunder Road", with guitar tech Kevin Buell holding a lyric sheet.

Audience tape and DVD. Available on CDR 'Napoli 97' and DVD 'O Sole Mio' (Digitox). Fortunately the event was filmed for posterity with a camcorder, click the link above to watch.
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1997-05-25 - PALAIS DES CONGRÉS DE PARIS, PARIS, FRANCE

Soundcheck: THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / THE PROMISED LAND / SINALOA COWBOYS / ACROSS THE BORDER / HIGHWAY 29 / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / LONG TIME COMIN' / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / GROWIN' UP / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND

"No Surrender" features the extended guitar introduction.

Audience tape. Released on CD 'All Roads Lead To Paris' (Doberman) and also 'It's Hard To Be A Saint In Paris' and 'Liberte, Equalite, Fraternite'.
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1997-05-26 - PALAIS DES CONGRÉS DE PARIS, PARIS, FRANCE

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / NEBRASKA / FOR YOU / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS / THE RIVER / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / BOBBY JEAN / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / DIAMONDS BY THE YARD (with Elliott Murphy) / THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND / BLOWIN' DOWN THIS ROAD (with Elliott Murphy)

Last show of the tour. "Diamonds By The Yard" and "Blowin' Down This Road" are performed with Elliott Murphy guesting. Set also includes a rare "For You", only played four times this tour. Only known Springsteen performance of "Diamonds By The Yard" and first ever performance in France of "Blowin' Down This Road".

Audience tape released on CD 'Paris Night' (Crystal Cat) and also 'For You' (BSG).
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End of the "Solo Acoustic" tour


1997-08-28 - THE DERBY, HOLLYWOOD, CA

LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW / ? / ? / ? / ?

No circulating audio. Springsteen guests (guitar/vocals) on five songs with guitarist James Intveld’s band Jimmy & the Gigolos. Bruce had made a previous guest appearance with Intveld on March 24, 1995 (see listing). The titles of the other four songs performed are still undocumented.



1997-09-04 - RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NEW YORK CITY, NY

ONE HEADLIGHT

MTV Video Music Awards, Bruce performs with The Wallflowers. Bruce is nominated in the "Best Video from a Film" category for "Secret Garden" (Jerry Maguire), but loses to Will Smith's "Men In Black". Audio of "One Headlight" is included as a bonus track on Crystal Cat's 'Olympic Stadion First Night' three-CD set.
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1997-09-23 - SPRINGSTEEN RESIDENCE, COLTS NECK, NJ

No set details. Private “Fiesta” theme birthday party for Bruce thrown by Patti Scialfa and Bruce in a field on their farm, with the New York City roots/bluegrass outfit The Gotham Playboys providing the music. Bruce had heard about the band from Soozie Tyrell, who occasionally played live gigs with them. Bruce allegedly joined in on some songs during the party. A few weeks later, Springsteen would hire several members of the group (Jeremy Chatzky, Sam Bardfeld, Larry Eagle and Charles Giordano) to back him during a November 2 recording session at Bruce’s home studio undertaken for the purpose of contributing a song for a planned spring 1998 Pete Seeger charity album. This group would eventually become The Sessions Band.

No known audio.



1997-09-26 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH, NJ

MUSTANG SALLY / LUCILLE

With Bobby Bandiera.
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1997-10-00 - SPRINGSTEEN RESIDENCE, RUMSON, NJ

Will Percy, nephew of the late writer/novelist Walker Percy, is invited to the Springsteen farmhouse and conducts an audio-recorded interview with Bruce. The audio doesn't circulate, but parts of this interview appeared in print in Doubletake Magazine Vol. 12 (March 1998).



1997-12-07 - JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, WASHINGTON, DC

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'

With Bob Dylan one of the honorees of the annual Kennedy Center Honors, Springsteen performs "The Times They Are A-Changin'". Also inducted are Lauren Bacall, Charlton Heston, Jessye Norman and Edward Villella. Springsteen will himself be presented with a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009.

Filmed for broadcast on CBS, clips of which are available on DVD. Audio of "The Times They Are A-Changin'" is included as a bonus track on Crystal Cat's 'Olympic Stadion First Night' three-CD set.
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1997-12-13 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH, NJ

HOMESTEAD / NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME

With Joe Grushecky. Acoustic performance.



1997-12-16 - McLOONE'S RUM RUNNER, SEA BRIGHT, NJ

RUN RUDOLPH RUN / MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY / LAND OF 1000 DANCES / GLORIA

Bruce's annual Christmas party. Bobby Bandiera was hired for the entertainment but Bruce played for two hours.


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