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1995
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1995-02-15 - BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC, NEW YORK CITY, NY

THUNDER ROAD / THUNDER ROAD

MTV Unplugged performance with Melissa Etheridge. Melissa messed up the words on the first run through so the track was recorded again for the broadcast.

Video and soundboard tapes
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1995-02-21 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Soundcheck: THIS HARD LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / CADILLAC RANCH / MURDER INCORPORATED / MURDER INCORPORATED

Rehearsal (acoustic): MURDER INCORPORATED (harmonies) / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BADLANDS - TWO HEARTS / BOBBY JEAN / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / RAMROD / MURDER INCORPORATED (harmonies) / MURDER INCORPORATED

MURDER INCORPORATED / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / BOBBY JEAN / MURDER INCORPORATED / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / MURDER INCORPORATED / MURDER INCORPORATED / CADILLAC RANCH / TWO HEARTS / THIS HARD LAND / MURDER INCORPORATED / BADLANDS / RAMROD / THUNDER ROAD / BACKSTREETS / LITTLE LATIN LUPE LU

With The E Street Band. The start of a brief "Reunion" with the band to promote the Greatest Hits CD release at Tramps nightclub in New York City. Several songs return after not being played with the E Street Band since the Born In The U.S.A. Tour - "Two Hearts", "Prove It All Night", "Ramrod" and "Spirit In The Night". World premiere of "Murder Incorporated", played six times in total for the music video, and first ever live band performance of "This Hard Land". Some video has emerged, one of the versions of "Murder Incorporated" was released as a single.

Soundboard recording. The whole show and the soundcheck circulate on CDR 'The Original Reunion' (KBMKeefer) in excellent quality. Some outtake footage from Ernie Fritz’s Blood Brothers documentary showing Bruce and assorted E Streeters in an informal rehearsal backstage prior to the show has also surfaced recently which is available on DVD 'Behind Blood Brothers'.
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1995-03-01 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LOS ANGELES, CA

STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA

The 1994 Grammy Awards. Bruce performs "Streets Of Philadelphia" backed by Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Tommy Sims, Shane Fontayne, and Bobby King. He wins three Grammys, all for "Streets Of Philadelphia" - Best Rock Song, Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and Song Of The Year.

TV broadcast.
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1995-03-06 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS

Audience tape. With Soul Asylum.



1995-03-24 - HOUSE OF BLUES, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

AMERICAN MUSIC / HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

Springsteen guests with The Blasters. Bruce plays guitar, but no vocals. "American Music" is the opening track from The Blasters' 1980 album with the same title. Phil Alvin remembers: "We played this gig at the House of Blues and Bruce Springsteen was there. I didn't know much about how he could play guitar, but Man! He knew all the Blaster tunes! Springsteen was playin' great! The show was already sold out when Springsteen got there, the management was excited, and all the buzz was going on. Later, the House of Blues guys called and said they wanted us back by popular demand. So we got the idea to make a live record and call it The Blasters Live at the House of Blues."

No circulating audio.
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1995-04-05 - ED SULLIVAN THEATER, NEW YORK CITY, NY

MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT) / MURDER INCORPORATED / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SECRET GARDEN

Bruce and The E Street Band appear on the Late Show with David Letterman. "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" is only played in part, the same goes for “Money (That's What I Want)”. Live premiere of “Secret Garden”.

TV broadcast and soundboard - the soundboard tape features some of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" not broadcast.
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1995-04-05 - SONY MUSIC STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

SECRET GARDEN / BLOOD BROTHERS / THIS HARD LAND / I'M TURNING INTO ELVIS / MURDER INCORPORATED / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / I'M TURNING INTO ELVIS / TWO HEARTS / I'M TURNING INTO ELVIS / BLOOD BROTHERS / THIS HARD LAND / MURDER INCORPORATED / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / BOBBY JEAN / SHE'S THE ONE / BADLANDS / CADILLAC RANCH / TWO HEARTS / THUNDER ROAD

With The E Street Band. Live premiere of the comedy number “I’m Turning Into Elvis” in three small segments, played while the crew set up the cameras. Also premieres of “Blood Brothers” and the full band “This Hard Land”, only played acoustically on the 1992-1993 World Tour prior to this show. Contrary to myth, the long "Prove It All Night" introduction was not performed at this show.

Virtually complete professionally shot video exists and circulates on DVD, as well as soundboard audio taken from the video. The second “Streets Of Philadelphia”, the second “Murder Incorporated”, and “Thunder Road” are officially released on the Hungry Heart Berlin ‘95 CD single. A shortened hour long version is broadcast on television around the world. Soundboard released on 'The Complete Sony Studios' (E Street Records), the more complete tape 'Sony Studios' from Crystal Cat and 'Blood Brothers The E Street Reunion' (Synergy).
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1995-04-07 - SONY MUSIC STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Bruce is interviewed by renowned Australian music journalist Ian "Molly" Meldrum as part of the promotional push for the Greatest Hits album. It is extraordinary on a number of levels, making it undoubtedly one of the most fascinating interviews of Bruce's career ever committed to film. Usually, Bruce and his management keep tight control of his contact with the media. Questions must be submitted beforehand and follow-ups are generally not allowed. However, Molly Meldrum had other ideas. He was granted just 15 minutes, but was determined to get a much longer interview that he could use for a worldwide syndicated TV special. He was impeccably polite, but refused to relent on his persistent line of questioning. The interview starts in conventional fashion, but Meldrum quickly throws in a question that isn't on the approved list. Bruce seems intrigued, but his minders (who are just off-camera) are less amused. The tension grows and Bruce starts to cast glances to someone else in the room. The questions are unique and insightful, drawing on the in-depth knowledge of someone who is obviously a dedicated fan. Examples include questions on unreleased songs recorded in 1986 and the verse about Bruce's father that was deleted from "Glory Days". Bruce seems to be caught off-guard at times, but he remains in good spirits throughout. It was admirable that Bruce let the interview continue, despite the fact that he was clearly being signaled to end it. This is probably because Meldrum was smart enough to avoid questions of a personal nature and the issue of bootlegs is cleverly circumvented when it comes up. After a gruelling 90 minutes, the interview is finally called to a halt. Springsteen's management (who are never seen on camera) were apparently furious at what unfolded and they refused to allow Meldrum to use more than the originally allocated 15 minutes, so the TV Special never came to fruition. A complete transcript of the interview is available, and can be viewed by clicking the date/location link above.

The complete interview eventually leaked to collectors, and circulates on DVD.
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1995-04-12 - CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK CITY, NY

THE RIVER (with James Taylor) / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA (with Elton John) / I'M TURNING INTO ELVIS / VIVA LAS VEGAS / GUITAR MAN (with Sting) / BURNING LOVE (with all performers) / IT'S NOW OR NEVER (with all performers) / JAILHOUSE ROCK (with all performers) / MYSTERY TRAIN (with all performers)

The sixth annual Rock for The Rainforest benefit for the Rainforest Foundation. With various artists. “The River” is a duet with James Taylor, and "Streets Of Philadelphia" is a duet with Elton John. Live premiere of a complete “I’m Turning Into Elvis” – fun stuff. Bruce plays guitar during Sting's performance of "Guitar Man". "Burning Love" features Bruce on the lead vocal. Jessye Norman sings "'O Solo Mio" as an introduction to "It's Now Or Never". Other performers are Sting, James Taylor, Elton John, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul Simon, Jessye Norman, and Geoffrey Oryema.

Audience tape.
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1995-04-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ

The final overdubbing/mixing sessions for the Joe Grushecky album American Babylon, released in October 1995. Please see Brucebase listings under November 1993, February 1994, August 1994, and October 1994 for details on other sessions that encompassed this Springsteen-produced guest project.



1995-04-00 - SPUR STUDIOS, AUSTIN, TX

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU / I’M A THOUSAND MILES FROM HOME

Springsteen travels to Joe Ely’s home studio and contributes vocals and synthesizer on two tracks, both of which were first issued on Ely’s album Letter To Laredo on August 29, 1995.

A promotional-only video of “All Just To Get To You (produced by Adrian Pasdar) features Springsteen, as does an obscure, twenty-minute promotional mini-documentary about Ely that was broadcast in Europe (but not shown in the U.S.A.) in late 1995.



1995-05-20 - SADDLEROCK RANCH, MALIBU, CA

634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.)

The wedding reception of Eagles drummer Don Henley. Bruce and Patti Scialfa attend, along with Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, John Fogerty, Sting, and others. Irish traditional band The Chieftains provided the core musical entertainment, along with Tony Bennett - but several of the artists (including the groom) got up and performed a song or two. Springsteen took the lead vocal on “634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)”.

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1995-06-00 - THRILL HILL WEST, BEVERLY HILLS, CA

EVERYTHING I DO (LEADS ME BACK TO YOU)

Bruce records vocal overdubs for the above-mentioned Elliott Murphy song, which was first released on Murphy’s Selling The Gold album in December 1995. The recording sessions for the rest of this Murphy album took place at IPC Studios in Belgium. However Springsteen did not attend those sessions, he recorded his parts at his home studio and then sent them to Murphy.



1995-07-09 - CAFE ECKSTEIN, BERLIN, GERMANY

HUNGRY HEART / HUNGRY HEART / DOWN THE ROAD APIECE / HUNGRY HEART / HUNGRY HEART / BOOM BOOM / HUNGRY HEART / HUNGRY HEART / KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR / HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED / HUNGRY HEART / HONKY TONK WOMEN / THUNDER ROAD / GLORY DAYS / JUMPIN' JACK FLASH / TWIST AND SHOUT

With Wolfgang Niedecken And His Leopardefellband. One of the numerous “Hungry Heart” takes recorded during this performance was officially released on the Hungry Heart CD EP as “Hungry Heart [Berlin 95]” later the same year, although this just featured Bruce’s live vocals from the Eckstein show laid over the original 1980 E Street Band instrumental tracks! First ever Springsteen performance of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and first performances in Europe of "Down The Road Apiece", "Highway 61 Revisited", and "Honky Tonk Women", and first ever Springsteen performance in Germany of "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

Soundboard tape (main set) and professionally shot video (virtually the entire show). Much of this rather bizarre mini-concert (unedited raw footage with just one version of “Hungry Heart” included, but containing all the other songs in complete form) is now circulating on a fan-made DVD in excellent quality - 'Cafe Eckstein Vol 2' (Digitox). A factory-pressed silver CD called 'Secret Berlin Night' (presumably taken from the DVD audio source) has also been released on the “Pablo” label. Bruce also shot a video for "Hungry Heart" in Berlin, which is included on the The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000.
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1995-07-22 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ

LUCKY TOWN / ATLANTIC CITY / NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME / LABOR OF LOVE / DARK AND BLOODY GROUND / DIDDY WAH DIDDY / MUSTANG SALLY / MURDER INCORPORATED (with Steve Van Zandt and Max Weinberg) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (with Steve Van Zandt and Max Weinberg) / WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR / AMERICAN BABYLON / CADILLAC RANCH (with Steve Van Zandt and Max Weinberg) / PUMPING IRON / GLORIA / RAMROD (with Steve Van Zandt and Max Weinberg)

With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers and featuring appearances by guests Steve Van Zandt and Max Weinberg.

Audience tape available as 'Sony And Tradewinds' (Crystal Cat).
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1995-08-06 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH, NJ

Setlist not known. With Bobby Bandiera and guests.



1995-08-10 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH, NJ

BETTER THINGS / MUSTANG SALLY / STEMS AND SEEDS / ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER / NOT FADE AWAY

With Solar Circus. Only known performances of "Better Things" and "Stems And Seeds".

Audience tape and video.
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1995-08-14 - JACK'S SUGAR SHACK, HOLLYWOOD, CA

LONG TALL SALLY / MY BABE

With Ronnie Mack and the Barndance Band at the now-defunct nightclub on Vine St.
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1995-09-02 - CLEVELAND MUNICIPAL STADIUM, CLEVELAND, OH

With Chuck Berry and The E Street Band: JOHNNY B. GOODE (with Chuck Berry)

With The E Street Band: SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL / HEY! BO DIDDLEY - SHE'S THE ONE / GREAT BALLS OF FIRE (with Jerry Lee Lewis) / WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOIN' ON (with Jerry Lee Lewis) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

With Bob Dylan: FOREVER YOUNG (with Bob Dylan)

With Chuck Berry: ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC (with Melissa Etheridge, Nils Lofgren, and Booker T. & The M.G.'s)

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inauguration concert with various artists.

Audio of "Shake, Rattle And Roll", "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" were officially released on Sony's 1996 two-CD compilation The Concert For The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Audio of "Johnny B. Goode" was officially released on the 2011 iTunes compilation Best of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum Live. Pro-shot video of the entire set is available on DVD. First ever Springsteen performance in the U.S. of "Great Balls Of Fire". Rehearsal footage of Bruce and the band along with Jerry Lee Lewis recently emerged on YouTube. Bruce mentions that he "watched the tape from Ireland" to Jerry, presumably referring to the latter's guest appearance in Dublin on May 20, 1993. This fascinating video can be viewed by clicking the link above. Released on "Rock'N'Roll Hall Of Fame" (Synergy) and "Forever Young" (Gamble Records).
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1995-09-14 - THE VIPER ROOM, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU

With Joe Ely.
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1995-10-16 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

FOLSOM PRISON BLUES / GIMME SHELTER / LIGHT OF DAY / BOOM BOOM / SEEDS / SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL

An extensive (three-to-four-hour) private rehearsal to prepare for the start of the Joe Grushecky-Springsteen “October Assault” mini-tour starting the following night. The above-mentioned songs were performed but the other titles have not been verified, although they are likely to correspond closely to the material performed over the next few shows.



1995-10-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Soundcheck: CROSSROADS

WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR / TALKING TO THE KING / CHAIN SMOKIN' / LABOR OF LOVE / NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME / MURDER INCORPORATED / MUSTANG SALLY / DARK AND BLOODY GROUND / PUMPING IRON / AMERICAN BABYLON / HOMESTEAD / LIGHT OF DAY / BROWN EYED GIRL / DOWN THE ROAD APIECE / REBEL MUSIC

With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. Opening night of the “October Assault” mini-tour. Listed above are only the songs that Springsteen is on stage for, and that rule remains for the rest of the tour.

Audience shot video available on DVD.
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1995-10-18 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR / TALKING TO THE KING / CHAIN SMOKIN' / LABOR OF LOVE / NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME / MURDER INCORPORATED / MUSTANG SALLY / DARK AND BLOODY GROUND / PUMPING IRON / AMERICAN BABYLON / HOMESTEAD / LIGHT OF DAY / THE WANDERER (with Dion DiMucci and Scott Kempner) / DOWN THE ROAD APIECE / REBEL MUSIC

With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. Dion DiMucci and Scott Kempner (formerly of the Del-Lords and Dictators) join Bruce and Joe for a bluesy "The Wanderer".

Audience tape and soundboard.
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1995-10-19 - ELECTRIC FACTORY, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Soundcheck: STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / CADILLAC RANCH

WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR / TALKING TO THE KING / CHAIN SMOKIN' / LABOR OF LOVE / NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME / MURDER INCORPORATED / MUSTANG SALLY / DARK AND BLOODY GROUND / PUMPING IRON / AMERICAN BABYLON / HOMESTEAD / LIGHT OF DAY / BROWN EYED GIRL / DOWN THE ROAD APIECE / REBEL MUSIC

With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. Bruce came on stage from "What Did You Do In The War".

Audience tape.



1995-10-20 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA

WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR / TALKING TO THE KING / CHAIN SMOKIN' / LABOR OF LOVE / NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME / MURDER INCORPORATED / MUSTANG SALLY / DARK AND BLOODY GROUND / PUMPING IRON / AMERICAN BABYLON / HOMESTEAD / LIGHT OF DAY / BROWN EYED GIRL / DOWN THE ROAD APIECE / REBEL MUSIC / LIGHTEN UP

With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. Bruce came on stage from "What Did You Do In The War", leaving briefly while Joe and the band played "Junior's Bar" after "Murder Incorporated". He returned for "Mustang Sally" and remained on stage for the rest of the show.

Radio broadcast and audience tape, plus audience shot video. Radio broadcast available on CD 'Nick's Fat City' (Star Records) which does not include "Mustang Sally" and "Brown Eyed Girl". Seven tracks officially released on October Assault, a bonus CD included with the DVD A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story: "What Did You Do in the War", "Talking to the King", "Chain Smokin'", "Labor of Love", "Never Be Enough Time", "Pumping Iron", and "American Babylon". The final track on the CD, "Rebel Music", is from the following night. Three songs included on the live Joe Grushecky CD Down The Road Apiece: Live, "Talking To The King", "Pumping Iron", and "Down The Road Apiece". "Talking To The King" can also be found on the UK EP Labour Of Love, while "Labor Of Love", "Never Be Enough Time" and "Pumping Iron" are also on the UK EP Labour Of Love Live. With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers.
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1995-10-21 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA

WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR / TALKING TO THE KING / DIDDY WAH DIDDY / CHAIN SMOKIN' / LABOR OF LOVE / NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME / MURDER INCORPORATED / MUSTANG SALLY / GIMME SHELTER / DARK AND BLOODY GROUND / PUMPING IRON / AMERICAN BABYLON / HOMESTEAD / LIGHT OF DAY - LAND OF 1000 DANCES / DOWN THE ROAD APIECE / REBEL MUSIC / KEEP A KNOCKIN'

With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. Bruce came on stage from "What Did You Do In The War". Show features the only known full Springsteen performance of "Gimme Shelter".

Audience tape. Two tracks officially released, "Rebel Music" is available on October Assault, a bonus CD included with the DVD A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story, and "Gimme Shelter" can be found on the UK EP Labour Of Love.
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1995-10-24 - PARK WEST, CHICAGO, IL

WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR / TALKING TO THE KING / CHAIN SMOKIN' / LABOR OF LOVE / NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME / MURDER INCORPORATED / MUSTANG SALLY / DARK AND BLOODY GROUND / PUMPING IRON / AMERICAN BABYLON / HOMESTEAD / LIGHT OF DAY / BROWN EYED GIRL / DOWN THE ROAD APIECE / REBEL MUSIC / I HEAR YOU KNOCKING

With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. Bruce came on stage from "What Did You Do In The War".
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1995-10-28 - SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA

SEEDS / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / SINALOA COWBOYS / POINT BLANK / I DON'T WANT NO MORE OF THIS ARMY LIFE - THIS HARD LAND / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / DOWN BY THE RIVER (with Neil Young) / ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD (with Neil Young, Beck, Chrissie Hynde, Hootie & The Blowfish, Steven Tyler, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, and Crazy Horse)

The Bridge School Benefit. Solo acoustic performance, the last two tracks with Neil Young. World premieres for "Sinaloa Cowboys" and "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" and only known Springsteen performance of "I Don't Want No More Of This Army Life", albeit solely an excerpt. Other artists on the bill include The Pretenders, Hootie & The Blowfish, Beck, and Emmylou Harris.

Audience tape and audience-shot video available. Available on CD 'You Better Not Touch Vol 2' (Crystal Cat).
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1995-11-19 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LOS ANGELES, CA

ANGEL EYES / NEW YORK, NEW YORK (with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Little Richard, Bono, et al.)

Frank Sinatra eightieth birthday tribute concert. Bruce has a great spoken introduction about Frank Sinatra and his influence on Bruce and everybody else from New Jersey before playing an acoustic “Angel Eyes”.

Soundboard tape and TV broadcast. Introduction and song is available as a bonus track on Crystal Cat's 'Berkeley Night'.
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1995-11-21 - STATE THEATRE, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / DEAD MAN WALKIN' / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

Warm up gig for the upcoming 'Solo Acoustic' tour, including many live premieres: "Straight Time", "Highway 29", "Dry Lightning", "Youngstown", "The Line", "Balboa Park", "Across The Border", "Dead Man Walkin'", "Galveston Bay", and "My Best Was Never Good Enough". Springsteen returns to New Brunswick's State Theatre; he last played here 21 years ago in December 1974. Earlier that day Springsteen was rehearsing at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, where he was audio interviewed by journalist Bob Costas. About 35 minutes of this 90-minute interview was first broadcast in two parts, on 21 November (a few hours following the interview) and 14 December 1995, along with a few tracks from The Ghost Of Tom Joad, as part of the "Columbia Records Radio Hour" program.

Audience tape released on CD 'This Ain't No Rock 'n' Roll Show' (Doberman). The complete 90-minute interview was issued by Columbia as a scarce, stand-alone, Germany-only promotional two-CD set titled Interview with Bob Costas (Columbia SAMPCD 3184). The interview can also be found on bootleg CD releases 'Philadelphia Night' (Crystal Cat) and split across 'The Arms Of God: Solo Acoustic Tour Volume 2' and 'Missing: Solo Acoustic Tour Volumes 3 & 4' (E Street Records).
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Start of the "Solo Acoustic" tour
November 22, 1995 - May 26, 1997 (127 shows)
 
Bruce Springsteen (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica)
 
Kevin Buell (offstage keyboards)
 


1995-11-22 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ

Soundcheck: ATLANTIC CITY

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / POINT BLANK / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

Opening show of the "Solo Acoustic" tour. Set includes the only "Point Blank" of the 1995 leg. Bruce will play 127 shows over the next 18 months, completing the tour in May 1997.

Audience tape.
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1995-11-22 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

A mis-reported date - Bruce did not show up. Mike Rocket jumped on stage and played with John Eddie on "Wild Thing". A lot of people thought it was Bruce because of the strong resemblance, but it definitely was not Bruce.



1995-11-26 - WILTERN THEATRE, LOS ANGELES, CA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / DEAD MAN WALKIN' / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

First tour performances of "Nebraska" and "Dead Man Walkin'".

Audience tape. Two recording sources circulate, released on CD 'Sour Grapes' (BF). A second previously uncirculated source entered circulation from the JEMS DAT master and is an upgrade (BK).
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1995-11-27 - NBC STUDIOS, BURBANK, CA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD

Guest appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Officially released on the Video Anthology DVD.
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1995-11-27 - WILTERN THEATRE, LOS ANGELES, CA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / DEAD MAN WALKIN' / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

World premiere of “It's The Little Things That Count”. “Straight Time” is played without the usual harmonica ending.

Audience tape. Two recording sources circulate, partially released on the CD 'Acoustically Incorporated' (16 of the 21 songs played) (Hurricane). A second complete source is available from the DAT master (AJ) via JEMS.
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1995-11-29 - BERKELEY COMMUNITY THEATRE, BERKELEY, CA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / DEAD MAN WALKIN' / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

English singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding provides a short opening set before Springsteen takes to the stage. This would be the first time that any act has opened for Bruce since 1975. Clarence Clemons is in the audience. Identical setlist to the previous show.

Audience tape. Released on CD 'Berkeley Night' (Crystal Cat), 'Boss-A-Nova' (Tuff Bites) and 'Hard Land' (Kobra Records).
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1995-11-30 - BERKELEY COMMUNITY THEATRE, BERKELEY, CA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / THE NEW TIMER / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / DEAD MAN WALKIN' / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

John Wesley Harding once again opens for Bruce, playing a short four song set. For the first time, every song from The Ghost Of Tom Joad is performed, including the first live appearance of “The New Timer”, the only variation from the previous night's set. “Sinaloa Cowboys” is played without the usual harmonica ending.

Audience tape.
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1995-12-03 - ROSEMONT THEATRE, ROSEMONT, IL

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / THE NEW TIMER / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / DEAD MAN WALKIN' / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

Set features every song from The Ghost Of Tom Joad. Following the show Springsteen was interviewed for an article that appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in January 1996.

Audience tape released on CD 'On The Highway' (Gotham Records) (missing "Balboa Park" and some stage banter). Audience shot video available.
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1995-12-05 - DAR CONSTITUTION HALL, WASHINGTON, DC

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / THE NEW TIMER / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / DEAD MAN WALKIN' / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

Bruce returns to the Constitution Hall, a venue he last played in 1975 during the Born To Run Tour. For the third show in a row, every song from The Ghost Of Tom Joad is played.

Audience tape released on CD 'Car Songs' (Hurricane). Good audience shot video available titled 'Dry Lightning'.
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1995-12-06 - DAR CONSTITUTION HALL, WASHINGTON, DC

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 / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

Tour debuts for "Mansion On The Hill" and "Reason to Believe".

Audience tape. Released on CD 'Reasons To Believe?' (Doberman) and DVD 'Yeah, We'll Have Some Tea Sometime' (Smackdonkey).
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1995-12-08 - TOWER THEATER, UPPER DARBY, PHILADELPHIA, PA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / THE NEW TIMER / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

Every song from The Ghost Of Tom Joad is performed.

Audience tape and partial soundcheck. Some tracks were used for a ten-song radio broadcast on Columbia Radio Hour on December 14. The radio broadcast can be found on many CD releases, including 'The Arms Of God: Solo Acoustic Tour Volume 2' (E Street Records), Crystal Cat's 'Philadelphia Night', 'The Evocator' (Flashback), 'A Journey To Nowhere' (Sea Monkey), 'Misunderstood' (Primadonna), 'Philadelphia Story' (unknown), 'Railroad Tracks' (Oxygen) and 'Returns To The Tower' (Parrot Records). The full show (from the audience source) is on 'Philadelphia 95 First Night'. "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?" from this show (which features an amusing Bob Dylan impression) was used for the ten-song radio broadcast on Columbia Radio Hour on December 14, the entirety of which was officially released on two rare U.S. promotion-only formats (regular full-length cassette and reel-to-reel tape) entitled Bruce Springsteen: Columbia Records Radio Hour in 1996. Audio of "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?" was also officially released on the 1996 Dead Man Walkin' single.
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1995-12-09 - TOWER THEATER, UPPER DARBY, PHILADELPHIA, PA

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 / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / THE NEW TIMER / ACROSS THE BORDER / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

Tour debut and sole 1995 performance of “Blinded By The Light”, complete with Bruce forgetting the words. Please see below listing for CD release details of the radio broadcast. Every song from The Ghost Of Tom Joad is again performed.

Audience tape. Some tracks from this performance were used on the Columbia Radio Hour broadcast (December 14). Full show available on 'Philadelphia 95 Second Night'. The entire December 14 radio broadcast featuring live material from these shows was officially released on two rare U.S. promotion-only formats (regular full-length cassette and reel-to-reel tape) entitled Bruce Springsteen: Columbia Records Radio Hour in 1996. Five of the recordings remain unavailable in commercial form, while “Straight Time”, "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", “Sinaloa Cowboys”,"Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?” and “This Hard Land” were included as bonus tracks on various singles. The ten tracks broadcast were “The Ghost Of Tom Joad”, “Straight Time”, “Darkness On The Edge Of Town”, “Born In The U.S.A.”, “Youngstown”, “Sinaloa Cowboys”, “Balboa Park”, “Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?” (from the previous night's show), “This Hard Land” and “Streets Of Philadelphia”.
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1995-12-12 - BEACON THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / THE NEW TIMER / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

For the third show in a row, every song from The Ghost Of Tom Joad is performed.

Audience tape available on CDR.
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1995-12-13 - BEACON THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

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 / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / THE NEW TIMER / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

For the fourth show in a row, every song from The Ghost Of Tom Joad is performed.

Audience tape. Available on CDR 'Ghost Of New York' and DVD 'Visions Of The Ghost Of New York' (Cheesesteak Productions).



1995-12-14 - ED SULLIVAN THEATER, NEW YORK CITY, NY

YOUNGSTOWN

Bruce appears on the Late Show with David Letterman for the second time this year.

Live TV broadcast. Audio of this performance can be found on CDs 'Berkeley Night' (Crystal Cat), 'Hard Land' (Kobra Records), 'The Arms Of God: Solo Acoustic Tour Volume 2' (E Street Records), 'Philadelphia Story' (unknown) and 'Returns To The Tower' (Parrot Records).
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1995-12-15 - ORPHEUM THEATRE, BOSTON, MA

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / REASON TO BELIEVE / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / THE NEW TIMER / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / GALVESTON BAY / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

The final show ever, and fifth in a row, at which every song from The Ghost Of Tom Joad is performed.

Audience tape. Two tracks ("It's The Little Things That Count" and "The New Timer") can be found on Doberman's compilation CD 'Blowin' Down That Road'.
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1995-12-16 - ORPHEUM THEATRE, BOSTON, MA

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 / IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

World premiere of "Brothers Under The Bridge" and first version of the acoustic "The Promised Land" in the encores.

Audience tape released on CD 'Orpheum' (Moonraker).
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1995-12-17 - BEACON THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STRAIGHT TIME / HIGHWAY 29 / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / NEBRASKA / THE WISH / BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DRY LIGHTNING / SPARE PARTS / YOUNGSTOWN / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / BALBOA PARK / ACROSS THE BORDER / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THIS HARD LAND / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / GALVESTON BAY / THE PROMISED LAND / MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

Tour debut of "The Wish" - only ever played before at the Christic Benefit shows in 1990.

Audience tape and audience shot video on DVD. Released on CDR 'New York 95'. This performance of "The Wish" can be found on Doberman's compilation CD 'Blowin' Down That Road'.
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