Bruce Springsteen releases 1999 Meadowlands concert as live album

springsteen 1999 live album

Bruce Springsteen’s new live album was recorded in East Rutherford on July 18, 1999.

In something of a Christmas Eve surprise, Bruce Springsteen has released a live album of his July 18, 1999 concert with the E Street Band at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford. You can listen to the show’s version of the Chuck Berry-esque “Stand on It” below, and order the album at live.brucespringsteen.net.

This was the second concert of a 15-show Meadowlands stand that was part of group’s 1999-2000 reunion tour. Before the concert-ending “Land of Hope and Dreams,” Springsteen described the tour as “the rebirth and the re-dedication of our band.”

Three songs were played from Springsteen’s 1998 outtakes anthology, Tracks: Show-opener “I Wanna Be With You” and “Loose Ends,” along with “Stand on It.”

Also notable in the setlist if “Freehold,” which debuted at a benefit concert in Springsteen’s original hometown of that name in 1996, and whose only other New Jersey performances, ever, came at seven of the 15 shows in this Meadowlands stand. (Springsteen has also played it 12 times outside the state, in Europe, Australia and Massachusetts).

In his July 18 introduction, Springsteen called the song “kind of a combination of my thank you and revenge” in regard to the grammar school that he attended, and that hosted the ’96 benefit concert.

Here is the show’s setlist:

“I Wanna Be With You”
“Prove It All Night”
“Two Hearts”
“Trapped”
“Darlington County”
“Factory”
“The River”
“Youngstown”
“Murder Incorporated”
“Badlands”
“Out in the Street”
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-out”
“Loose Ends”
“Sherry Darling”
“Working on the Highway”
“The Ghost of Tom Joad”
“Jungleland”
“Light of Day”

First Encore
“Freehold”
“Stand on It”
“Hungry Heart”
“Bobby Jean”
“Born to Run

Second Encore
“Thunder Road”
“If I Should Fall Behind”
“Land of Hope and Dreams”

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