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1998
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1998-01-22 - SONY MUSIC STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ACROSS THE BORDER

Springsteen and his backing band consisting of Danny Federici (keyboards), Jim Hanson (bass), Marty Rifkin (pedal steel) and Gary Mallaber (drums) are recorded and filmed by director Joe Berlinger performing two songs for the upcoming TV documentary Where It's At: The Rolling Stone State Of The Union, a Rolling Stone Magazine 30th Anniversary Special. This was first broadcast on May 21 on the ABC network (later on MTV and VH-1). The short interview with Bruce in the documentary was apparently taped at the same time. This is the live premiere of "full band" versions of both songs.

TV Broadcast and DVD. Both songs and the interview are available on DVD.
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1998-01-30 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ

TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / THE PROMISED LAND / BOBBY JEAN / BACKSTREETS / BADLANDS / BORN TO RUN

Rehearsal for a special benefit concert for Sergeant Patrick King, a police officer killed in New Jersey. The rehearsal features the above Bruce tracks as well as many other Bon Jovi hits and a few covers.



1998-01-31 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ

THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steve Van Zandt) / TWO HEARTS (with Steve Van Zandt) / BAD MEDICINE (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / UNTIL THE GOOD IS GONE (Steve Van Zandt) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Jon Bon Jovi) / BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / HARD TIMES COME EASY (Richie Sambora) / LOVES GLORY (Patti Scialfa) / THERE GOES MY BABY (Southside Johnny) / THIS TIME BABY'S GONE FOR GOOD (with Southside Johnny and Steve Van Zandt) / YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME (with Jon Bon Jovi) / THE PROMISED LAND / ALL I NEEDED WAS YOU (Southside Johnny and Steve Van Zandt) / SOMEDAY I'LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT (Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny) / BOBBY JEAN / BLOOD ON BLOOD (Jon Bon Jovi) / THE FEVER (with Southside Johnny and Clarence Clemons) / I'VE BEEN WORKING TOO HARD - LITTLE QUEENIE (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steve Van Zandt) / IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME (with Southside Johnny and Steve Van Zandt) / WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE (with Jon Bon Jovi) / BACKSTREETS / FOREVER (Steve Van Zandt) / LIVIN' ON A PRAYER (Jon Bon Jovi) / BADLANDS / I PLAYED THE FOOL (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / KEEP THE FAITH (Jon Bon Jovi) / BORN TO RUN / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD (with all performers) / TREAT HER RIGHT (with all performers) / THUNDER ROAD (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, Steve Van Zandt, et al.)

"Come Together" - a concert to benefit the Sergeant Patrick King Memorial Fund. The Long Branch police sergeant was gunned down while ordering Chinese food on November 20, 1997.

Audience and soundboard tape. Audience tape available on CD 'Red Bank Night' (Crystal Cat) and soundboard available on CD 'Blood On Blood' (Fakida).
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1998-02-06 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ

EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO BE MY BABY / SWEET VIRGINIA / GUITAR TOWN / I AIN'T EVER SATISFIED / DEAD FLOWERS / JOHNNY COME LATELY

Bruce guests with Steve Earle and the Dukes.
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1998-02-07 - COUNT BASIE LEARNING CENTER, RED BANK, NJ

WE WEAR THE MASK

A national "read-in day" event honoring Black History Month in the U.S.A. Springsteen takes the stage alone and gives a moving recital of a work by African-American poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar.



1998-03-02 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA

NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME / TALKING TO THE KING / WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR / HOMESTEAD / CHAIN SMOKIN' / LABOR OF LOVE / MURDER INCORPORATED / IDIOT'S DELIGHT / PUMPING IRON / RAMROD / LIGHT OF DAY - LAND OF 1000 DANCES / AMERICAN BABYLON / BROWN EYED GIRL / DOWN THE ROAD APIECE / REBEL MUSIC

With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. A lengthy show that is split into two sets. Bruce does not perform during the first set. However following the intermission Springsteen takes to the stage for the entire second set (the above setlist encompasses that entire second set). Some blistering lead guitar by Springsteen during this performance. "Idiot's Delight" includes a line from "She's About A Mover" in the midsection. “Light Of Day” starts off with a few bars of “Peter Gunn Theme” on the guitar and includes "Land Of 1000 Dances".

Audience tape (also available on CDR 'Wired', which is missing "What Did You Do In The War", "Homestead", "Chain Smokin'", "Labor Of Love", and "American Babylon") and audience shot video available on DVD. The recording of "Idiot's Delight" officially released on Grushecky's live album Down The Road Apiece (Live) is not from this show.
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1998-04-04 - BAY STREET THEATRE, SAG HARBOR, NY

OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNIN' / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD

Tribute and stage dedication to stage director Elaine Steinbeck (widow of Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck). Elaine was present for the show (note: she passed away in 2003). Bruce performed "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'" early in the show and took the stage again near the end of the evening to perform "The Ghost Of Tom Joad". Springsteen also attended the after-show dinner party. Steinbeck was a redhead and Springsteen later mentioned that he had nearly performed "Red Headed Woman" instead of "Beautiful Morning".

Audio exists for the first track.
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1998-09-20 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Just to clear up any doubt, Bruce did not play at the Stone Pony's Last Ride. Southside Johnny did join Bobby Bandiera for a hot mini-set (including "The Fever") on a very hot Sunday night.
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1998-10-11 - SPRINGSTEEN RESIDENCE, COLTS NECK, NJ

SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL / JAMBALAYA (ON THE BAYOU) / MYSTERY TRAIN / ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM / CHICKEN SHACK BOOGIE / RED HEADED WOMAN

Belated outdoor birthday bash for Bruce at his farm property, originally planned for September 23 but had been delayed due to poor weather. As they had the previous year, NYC-based Cajun-roots band The Gotham Playboys (who would form the core of the Sessions Band when they first assembled in the fall of 1998) provide the entertainment. Bruce joins them for several songs (noted above). Party guests include Steve Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow.

No circulating audio.



1998-10-27 - THE SAINT, ASBURY PARK, NJ

BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / "BBC BLUES"

Video shoot for the BBC A Secret History documentary. Springsteen is interviewed and performs the solo acoustic "Born In The U.S.A." twice. "BBC Blues" isn't really a song, just Bruce improvising lyrics about being interviewed over a standard Blues progression. Mark Hagen (Producer of the documentary) coined the title "BBC Blues".

The documentary is broadcast on BBC 2 on December 5, 1998, aimed at promoting the Tracks box set. The documentary included plenty of previously unseen video footage, including "Janey Don't You Lose Heart" from Los Angeles on September 27, 1985, "Twist And Shout" from Basel, July 14, 1988 and film from November 18, 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon.
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1998-11-06 - CLUB 251, WEST PALM BEACH, FL

SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL / GOT MY MOJO WORKING / PINK CADILLAC / DOWN THE ROAD APIECE

With Clarence Clemons.



1998-11-19 - NBC STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Taping of 20-minute TV interview with Bob Costas, which was first aired on December 6 on NBC’s Dateline. Springsteen brought his acoustic guitar with him to the studio for this interview in anticipation of perhaps playing something (it can be seen next to him in the video) but he ended up not performing. The first stop of Springsteen's brief Tracks promotional tour.
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1998-11-20 - WNET STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

BORN IN THE U.S.A.

A lengthy (50 minute) TV interview for Charlie Rose, conducted in the early afternoon by journalist Charlie Rose at WNET Studios as part of his syndicated hour-long talk show, which was broadcast later that evening to PBS stations across the U.S.A.. Rose asks thoughtful questions (including about the just-released Tracks box set) and it's widely regarded as of the top Springsteen interviews in any media format. Following the interview Bruce closed the program with a superb solo acoustic rendition of “Born In The U.S.A.”.

This performance (not the interview) is available officially on the Bruce Springsteen Anthology 1978-2000 DVD set.
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1998-12-07 - RADIOEINS STUDIOS, POTSDAM, GERMANY

BORN IN THE U.S.A.

Springsteen is a guest on Germany's Radioeins. He travels to Berlin and gives a 40-minute interview and performs one song for the radio station. The station's studios are located in Potsdam, a city that borders the German capital. Bruce broke two strings while tuning his 12-string guitar and performed the song with only 10. It was during this interview that he first hinted to an upcoming tour with the E Street Band.



1998-12-08 - TV4 STUDIOS, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

Rehearsal: SAD EYES / BORN IN THE U.S.A.

Broadcast: BORN IN THE U.S.A.

Springsteen is a guest on Swedish TV show Sen kväll Med Luuk (English: "Late Night With Luuk") on TV4. He travels to Stockholm and tapes an interview and a solo performance for the TV show, which was broadcast on December 15. It was during this interview that he first confirmed an upcoming tour with the E Street Band; later that day an official press release from Shore Fire Media confirmed the news. Springsteen rehearsed the just-released "Sad Eyes" but opted instead to play it safe and go with "Born In The U.S.A.". Bruce traveled to Paris immediately following the taping.

The song can be found on 'Midnight Cowboy' (Dandelion) and 'Olympic Stadion First Night' (Crystal Cat). There is no circulating audio or video of the rehearsal.



1998-12-09 - CANAL+ STUDIOS, PARIS, FRANCE

BORN IN THE U.S.A.

Springsteen is a guest on French TV show Nulle Part Ailleurs (English: "Nowhere Else") on Canal+. He travels to Paris and tapes a 15-minute interview and a performance for the TV show.

The song can be found on 'Midnight Cowboy' (Dandelion).
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1998-12-10 - PALAIS OMNISPORTS DE PARIS-BERCY, PARIS, FRANCE

Soundcheck: BORN IN THE U.S.A.

GET UP, STAND UP (with Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'Dour) / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / NO SURRENDER

Benefit show for the Amnesty International Foundation. Bruce appears after flying from a successful court case settled in London earlier that day. "Get Up, Stand Up" is with Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'Dour. "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" is a sped-up version. "Born In The U.S.A." was performed twice due to equipment failure.

Soundboard and broadcast. Available on CDR 'Live At The Palais Des Omnisports, Bercy, Paris'. Video footage of complete performances of "Get Up, Stand Up", "Born In The U.S.A.", "Working On The Highway" and "No Surrender" was officially released by Image Entertainment in 1999 on The Paris Concert For Amnesty International: The Struggle Continues... home video, and then in 2013 on CD, DVD and Blu-ray as iReleased! - The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998.
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1998-12-11 - PALADOZZA, BOLOGNA, ITALY

Soundcheck: BORN IN THE U.S.A. / THIS HARD LAND

BORN IN THE U.S.A. / THIS HARD LAND / THIS HARD LAND

Springsteen is a guest on Italian TV show "Taratata" on Rai Uno. He travels to Bologna and tapes an interview and two solo performances for the TV show.

"Born In The U.S.A." and the second take of "This Hard Land" (which was performed twice to get it right) can be found on 'Midnight Cowboy' (Dandelion) and 'For True Rockers' (Lizard Records).



1998-12-14 - TEATRO REAL, MADRID, SPAIN

BORN IN THE U.S.A. / THIS HARD LAND

Springsteen is a guest on Spanish TV show "Música Si" on La Primera (TVE1). He travels to Madrid and tapes an interview and two solo performances for the TV show, which is broadcast a few days later. Immediately following this taping Bruce left for London for a dinner engagement with Sony UK executives.

The two songs can be found on 'Midnight Cowboy' (Dandelion).
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1998-12-21 - McLOONE'S RUM RUNNER, SEA BRIGHT, NJ

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN

Annual Christmas bash. Springsteen takes the stage joining Bobby Bandiera and his band for one song. No circulating audio.



1998-12-29 - OCEAN WAY STUDIOS, LOS ANGELES, CA

MISERY LOVES COMPANY

Springsteen takes part in a session with Mike Ness, the leader/guitarist for southern California punk/rave band Social Distortion. This was a side-project Ness solo album, with Springsteen, a major fan of the band, providing support vocals and lead guitar on “Misery Loves Company”.

The recording was released in April 1999 on Ness’s album Cheating At Solitaire.
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