Bruce Springsteen is releasing a recording of his June 24, 1993 concert at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, as part of his ongoing effort to compile remixed, remastered albums of notable shows from throughout his career.
MP3s are currently available, and CDs can be pre-ordered. For information, visit live.brucespringsteen.net.
Byrne, incidentally, died yesterday.
The show was a benefit for several hunger organizations, and part of Springsteen’s ’92-’93 tour, which took place after he disbanded the E Street Band and put together another group of musicians, with only keyboardist Roy Bittan remaining. This show, however, saw guest appearances by five past and future E Streeters (Clarence Clemons, Steven Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa, Max Weinberg, Soozie Tyrell) plus Southside Johnny, Joe Ely and The Miami Horns (Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg, Ed Manion, Mark Pender, Mike Spengler, Joey Stann).
Clemons took the stage during “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out,” walking out with his saxophone when Springsteen got to the “Big Man joined the band” line. The thunderous crowd reaction is frequently cited as the loudest ever at a Springsteen concert. (see video below)
Rarities performed during the show include “I Ain’t Got No Home” and “Settle for Love” (both with Ely), “Blowin Down This Road” (a Woody Guthrie cover, performed with Ely and others) and “Satan’s Jeweled Crown” (written by The Louvin Brothers).
Here is the show’s setlist:
“I Ain’t Got No Home” (with Joe Ely)
“Adam Raised a Cain”
“This Hard Land”
“57 Channels (and Nothin’ On)”
“Satan’s Jeweled Crown”
“Leap of Faith”
“Roll of the Dice”/”Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”
“Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?”
“Because the Night”
“Brilliant Disguise” (with Patti Scialfa)
“Human Touch” (with Patti Scialfa)
“Who’ll Stop the Rain”
“Souls of the Departed”
“Born in the USA”
“Light of Day”
“Settle for Love” (with Joe Ely)
“Glory Days” (with Steven Van Zandt)
“It’s Been a Long Time” (with Southside Johnny, Steven Van Zandt and The Miami Horns)
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-out” (with Clarence Clemons, Steven Van Zandt and The Miami Horns)
“Born to Run” (with Clarence Clemons and Steven Van Zandt)
“My Beautiful Reward”
“Blowin’ Down This Road” (with Joe Ely, Southside Johnny, Soozie Tyrell and Patti Scialfa)
“Having a Party” (with Southside Johnny, Steven Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa and the Miami Horns)
“Jersey Girl” (with Max Weinberg)
“It’s All Right” (with Southside Johnny, Steven Van Zandt and The Miami Horns.
I think legendary may be a bit of a stretch, as anything with the Other Band is downright mediocre when compared with the ESB. Obviously excellent and the guest appearances by the ESB come close, but not in the same ballpark as a real Bruce and the ESB show.
While I generally agree with you, I have to admit that there were a handful of shows that came close to E Street territory, including this one. In fact, he did two shows in Philly. The first show was a pedestrian run-through of the standard 1993 setlist. The second was a marathon with an 11 song encore that is in the top 5 of Bruce shows for me, (and I e been to 30+).
Legendary is the only way to describe it.