Weekly Live Stash Vol. XLV, January 27, 2023

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s Red Rocks run, Umphrey’s McGee’s 25th Birthday Bash,Gov’t Mule in Jamaica with special guests, and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. The Other Side Of Things
    Umphrey’s McGee
    1/21/23 Port Chester, NY
  2. Kyle’s Song
    moe.
    1/20/23 Washington, DC
  3. Magenta Mountain
    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
    Live At Red Rocks ’22
  4. Elko
    Railroad Earth
    1/19/23 Crystal Bay, NV
  5. Electric Taco Stand
    Spafford
    1/21/23 Washington, DC
  6. The Flood
    BIG Something
    12/30/22 Raleigh, NC
  7. Windshield
    Greensky Bluegrass
    1/21/23 Philadelphia, PA
  8. Genetic Method / Chest Fever
    Gov’t Mule
    1/18/23 Runaway Bay, JM

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XLIV, January 20, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Widespread Panic, Dead and Company, Spafford, Goose featuring Bobby Weir, Billy Strings and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Coconut
    Widespread Panic
    1/14/23 Riviera Maya, MX
  2. They Love Each Other
    Dead and Company
    1/14/23 Riviera Maya, MEX
  3. Grandfather Mountain
    Railroad Earth
    1/17/23 Blue Lake, CA
  4. Ain’t That Wrong
    Spafford
    1/18/23 Raleigh, NC
  5. Sugaree
    Dead and Company
    1/17/23 Riviera Maya, MX
  6. Peggy-O
    Goose (Bobby Weir & Rick Mitarotonda acoustic duo)
    1/15/23 Riviera Maya, MEX
  7. Hard To Handle
    Goose (w/ Bobby Weir)
    1/15/23 Riviera Maya, MEX

Top Streamed Shows of 2022

This is it, the best of the best, the top shows streamed in 2022! Packed with musical moments, the thirty concerts here truly shine, but this list is just a small sampling of the amazing artists in our catalog, and the standout performances we were blessed to hear this year. Explore the fan favorites below, then dig in and find the show that speaks to you.

The official and professionally-mixed audio from all these concerts are available with a free nugs.net streaming trial. This is also our final 2022 Year In Review post, if you missed any of the others, explore them all including Top Guest Sit-Ins, App Enhancements, Top Cover Songs, and more.

(Statistical clarification for those wondering; the list is in order of most listens in 2022, including shows from 2022 and archival concerts, capped at 1 show per band.)

2022’s Top Streamed Shows:

#1. BILLY STRINGS: May 13, 2022

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

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#2. The String Cheese Incident: Jul 17, 2022

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

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#3. Goose: Jun 25, 2022

Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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#4. Dead & Company: Jun 18, 2022

Folsom Field, Boulder, CO

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#5. Pearl Jam: Sep 11, 2022

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

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#6. Widespread Panic: Oct 29, 2022

Enmarket Arena, Savannah, GA

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#7. Bobby Weir & John Mayer: Aug 08, 2022

Pine Creek Lodge, Livingston, MT

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#8. Metallica: Nov 06, 2022

Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, FL

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#9. Billy & The Kids: Jul 13, 2021

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

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#10. GRATEFUL DEAD: MAR 9, 1981

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

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#11. Orebolo: Sep 07, 2022

Levitt Pavilion, Westport, CT

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#12. My Morning Jacket: Mar 02, 2022

One Big Holiday, Riviera Cancun, MX

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#13. Bruce Springsteen: Dec 12, 1975

C.W. Post College – Greenvale, NY

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#14. Umphrey’s McGee: Nov 11, 2022

Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL

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#15. The Disco Biscuits: Jul 01, 2022

High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, CA

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#16. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Jun 17, 2022

Live at Bonnaroo ’22, Manchester, TN

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#17. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong: Dec 31, 2021

Exploreasheville.com Arena, Asheville, NC

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#18. Jack White: May 01, 2022

Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN

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#19. Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Mar 09, 2022

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

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#20. Greensky Bluegrass: Aug 19, 2022

The Caverns, Pelham, TN

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#21. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: Sep 30, 2022

The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ

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#22. Jerry Garcia Band: Oct 31, 1992

Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA

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#23. Lotus: May 20, 2022

Domefest, Thornville, OH

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#24. David Bowie: Oct 20, 1972

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

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#25. Twiddle: Jun 10, 2022

Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellvue, CO

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#26. Gov’t Mule: Jan 16, 2022

Island Exodus 12, Runaway Bay, JM

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#27. Spafford: Apr 23, 2022

Sony Hall, New York, NY

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#28. Kitchen Dwellers:Sep 24, 2022

Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT

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#29. moe.: May 29, 2022

Summer Camp Music Festival, Chilicothe, IL

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#30. The Infamous Stringdusters: Apr 09, 2022

Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA

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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XLIII, January 13, 2023

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from String Cheese Incident featuring Kanika Moore & Antwuan Stanley, Leftover Salmon, Spafford, Eggy, Billy Strings and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. I Always Wanted It This Way
    Phish
    12/30/22 New  York,NY
  2. Miss Brown’s Teahouse
    The String Cheese Incident (w/ Kanika Moore & Antwuan Stanley)
    12/29/22 Denver, CO
  3. Breakin’ Thru
    Leftover Salmon
    12/31/22 Asheville, NC
  4. Life During Wartime
    Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
    12/31/22 Pittsburgh, PA
  5. Eminence Front
    Spafford
    12/31/22 Tempe, AZ
  6. One Stop Shop
    Eggy
    12/31/22 Philadelphia, PA
  7. Highway Hypnosis
    Billy Strings
    12/31/22 New Orleans, LA
  8. In the Midnight Hour
    Greensky Bluegrass
    12/31/22 Atlanta, GA

Top App and Subscriber Enhancements of 2022

It’s not just about delivering you the best in class concert audio and video, day in and out we’re striving to bring more value to our subscribers and enhance our product. Over the course of 2022 we made significant advancements to our app, a lot of it you’ve seen, and a lot of work goes on in the backend to enhance your streaming experience. There’s so much to celebrate from 2022’s advancements, but here’s a few that we’re really proud to share in our 2022 Year In Review recap.

P.S. Please make sure your app is updated to the latest version to take full advantage of the features and upgrades below.


Subscriber Exclusive Livestreams
Our subscribers gained a big new benefit this year with the launch of Subscriber Exclusive Livestreams! These shows are available to all paid subscribers for no additional cost, and have featured live and archival concerts from Metallica to Billy Strings, Wilco, The Revivalists, Goose, and many more. This feature has fast become a fan favorite, and we’re working hard on adding these shows to our streaming on-demand catalog. Stay tuned, there’s some big announcements in store here for 2023.


CarPlay Enhancements
We redesigned the CarPlay interface to be more intuitive, and introduced Recommendations and Continue Listening into your driving experience. We also fixed some key bugs including; resuming songs after an incoming call, fixing broken images, and implementing a more intuitive navigation to find the music you love.


Android Auto
For the first time, Android users were able to utilize Android Auto to enhance their listening experience while driving! Android Auto support unlocked a number of key features for users including an intuitive interface for playing as well as browsing the nugs.net catalog directly through your car’s display. Our latest features like Recommendations and Continue Listening were also added for a seamless experience between your app and your vehicle.


Android SD Card Support
Even more great news for Android users, 2022 saw the added support of SD cards for offline downloads, allowing users to use the extra space on their SD card to download more shows. This means you are no longer limited by the on-phone storage limit and can download many more shows to listen to when you can’t (or don’t want to) stream them over data.


Recommended Shows (Personalized Recommendations)
Finding new music to listen to has never been easier! New in 2022, we’re taking cues from your favorite music and are now introducing artists to explore and shows you’ve never heard before. Check it out in the ‘For You’ section of the app, and find a new or archival concert we think you’ll love!


Continue Listening
Pick up where you left off. Now, jumping back into the show you were listening to earlier today (or last week) has never been easier. We’ve saved the show you’ve been listening to, so you can jump back in and listen to that encore.


Player UI Facelift
One of the most visible changes to nugs.net in 2022 was the new design of our player screen. We did away with the circular scrub bar and instituted a more user friendly interface for controlling your audio playback.


For You Screen
We added a new tab to the nugs.net mobile app in 2022 – the ‘For You’ screen. This new feature allows you to keep up-to-date with your favorite artists and their new content, making sure you never miss a show from artists you follow. Recommended Shows and the Continue Listening feature has been added here too, providing an easy place to discover new music and jump back into shows you’ve started. 


Genres
One of the biggest additions to the nugs.net website this year has been the Genres tab on the Browse Artists page. You can easily bounce between genres and check out our catalog’s offering, whether it’s Classic Rock, Metal, or Jamgrass, we’ve got you covered.


Recently Added
Want to know what the absolutely freshest shows on nugs.net are? Now you can know. Our Recently Added landing page provides an easy to view list of the latest releases on the platform. Whether it’s a show from last night, or a recently unearthed archive from 1988, you can always listen to the latest show ASAP by checking out the Recently Added page.


Self-Service Portal
While our customer service team loves helping our subscribers, we know sometimes it’s easier to just do it yourself. That’s why we launched a totally new Self-Service Portal in 2022 for managing your subscription. Easily upgrade to HiFi, manage your payment method, or update your billing address with just a few clicks.

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XLII, January 6, 2023

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from The Disco Biscuits, moe., String Cheese Incident, Goose and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Helicopters
    The Disco Biscuits
    12/31/22 Chicago, IL
  2. Madhuvan
    Goose
    12/31/22 Cincinnati , OH
  3. Auld Lang Syne
    Goose
    12/31/22 Cincinnati , OH
  4. Madhuvan
    Goose
    12/31/22 Cincinnati , OH
  5. Way Back Home
    The String Cheese Incident
    12/31/22 Denver, CO
  6. Can’t Find My Way Home
    The String Cheese Incident
    12/31/22 Denver, CO
  7. Way Back Home
    The String Cheese Incident
    12/31/22 Denver, CO
  8. Love The One You’re With
    Widespread Panic
    12/31/22 Nashville, TN
  9. The Floor
    Umphrey’s McGee
    12/31/22 Atlanta, GA
  10. Meat
    moe.
    12/31/22 Philadelphia, PA

Top (Subjective) Cover Songs of 2022

This week’s 2022 retrospective takes us down the rabbit hole of our favorite cover songs from the last year. ‘Subjective’ is a key word here, and to keep it at 25 covers with no more then one per artist, presented some tough decisions. This list is solid though and each song deserving of a listen, so dig and find a new version of your old favorites.

nugs.net subscribers, in the mobile app you can stream all the tracks below in the playlist here. New to nugs.net? The professionally-mixed audio from all these songs/concerts are available to stream with a 7-day free trial.

The (Subjective) Best Covers Of 2022 (in artist alphabetical order):

  • BILLY STRINGS
    War Pigs” by Black Sabbath (w/Widespread Panic’s Duane Trucks)
    10/31/2022 – Asheville, NC
  • BOBBY WEIR & WOLF BROS
    Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis (First time played)
    3/10/2022 – Memphis, TN
  • DANIEL DONATO
    Ghost Riders In The Sky” by The Outlaws
    10/06/2022 – Cincinnati, OH
  • DEAD & COMPANY
    Dear Mr Fantasy > Hey Jude” by Traffic and The Beatles
    6/11/2022 – Los Angeles, CA
  • DOGS IN A PILE
    Great Balls Of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis
    10/28/2022 – New Orleans, LA
  • DOPAPOD
    Brain Stew” by Green Day
    11/04/2022 – Boston, MA
  • EGGY
    Madman Across The Water,” by Elton John (Also featured the Dead’s “Slipknot” and Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” teases)
    10/31/2022 – Charleston, SC
  • GOOSE
    So Fresh, So Clean” by Outkast (With very special guest Big Boi from Outkast)
    10/8/2022 – Austin, TX
  • GOV’T MULE
    Big Bottom” by Spinal Tap
    10/29/2022 – New Orleans, LA
  • GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
    St. Stephen > Going Down The Road Feeling Bad > St. Stephen” by the Grateful Dead
    10/29/2022 – San Francisco, CA
  • HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER
    Bird Song” by Grateful Dead
    2/26/2022 – Walla Walla, WA
  • JACK WHITE
    Whispering Sea” by Loretta Lynn
    9/17/2022 – Chattanooga, TN
  • JOHN MAYER
    Friend Of The Devil” by the Grateful Dead
    8/21/2022 – Livingston, MT
  • KITCHEN DWELLERS
    Transdermal Celebration” by Ween
    10/6/2022 – Cincinatti, OH
  • METALLICA
    Borderline” by Thin Lizzy
    12/16/2022 – Los Angeles, CA
  • MOE.
    Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin (with Hayley Jane)
    9/3/2022 – Lake George, NY
  • MY MORNING JACKET
    Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” by The Rolling Stones
    03/02/2022 – Riviera Cancun, MX
  • OREBOLO
    Atlantic City” by Bruce Springsteen
    12/10/2022 – Beaver Creek, CO
  • PEARL JAM
    Her Majesty” by The Beatles (in honor of the Queen’s passing)
    9/8/2022 – Toronto, ON
  • PIGEONS PLAYING PING PING
    Learn To Fly” by The Foo Fighters (in honor of Taylor Hawkins)
    4/1/2022 – Boston, MA
  • THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
    Lonesome Fiddle Blues” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (with Billy Strings)
    7/17/2022 – Morrison, CO
  • SPAFFORD
    Banana Boat Song” by Harry Belafonte
    10/29/2022 – San Francisco, CA
  • THE DISCO BISCUITS
    Shakedown Street” by the Grateful Dead (with Al Schnier)
    10/1/2022 – Utica, NY
  • UMPHREY’S MCGEE
    In The Flesh > Another Brick In The Wall” by Pink Floyd
    9/8/2022 – Salt Lake City, UT
  • WIDESPREAD PANIC
    Dear Prudence” by The Beatles (First time played)
    3/13/2022 – Las Vegas, NV

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Top Archive Additions of 2022

In addition to last night’s show, we’re constantly adding to our streaming service iconic concerts throughout time. In this week’s 2022 Year In Review we take a look back at these archives, highlighting our top streamed shows from year’s past, that were added to the nugs.net app in 2022. The professionally-mixed audio from all these concerts are available to stream with a 7-day free trial to nugs.net.

Top Streamed Archives – Added in 2022 (in alphabetical order):

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: JAN 17, 1971

Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, PA

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BILLY & THE KIDS: JUL 12, 2021

Red Rocks Amphitheatre -Morrison, CO

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: DEC 12, 1975

C.W. Post College – Greenvale, NY

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DARKSIDE: AUG 24, 2014

FYF Fest – Los Angeles, CA

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DAVID BOWIE: Oct 20, 1972

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium – Santa Monica, CA

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THE DISCO BISCUITS: JAN 30, 1997

Wetlands Preserve – New York, NY

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GRAM PARSONS: MAR 13, 1973

Ultra Sonic Recording Studios – Hempstead, NY

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GRATEFUL DEAD: MAR 9, 1981

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

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HOLLY BOWLING: SEP 11, 2019

The Linda – Albany, NY

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IRON MAIDEN: NOV 27, 1988

National Exhibition Centre – Birmingham, GB

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JACK WHITE: JUL 26, 2014

Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI

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JANIS JOPLIN: JUN 23, 1968

Carousel Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

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JERRY GARCIA & MERL SAUNDERS: NOV 2, 1974

Keystone Berkeley – Berkeley, CA

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JERRY GARCIA BAND: NOV 11, 1993

Providence Civic Center – Providence, RI

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JIMI HENDRIX: MAY 18, 1968

Miami Pop Festival in Hallandale, FL

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LED ZEPPELIN:JUN 25 & 27, 1972

How The West Was Won

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MY MORNING JACKET: NOV 24, 2015

Beacon Theatre – New York, NY

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NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE: NOV 13, 1990

The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

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THE NTH POWER: APR 28, 2018

One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA

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OREBOLO: MAY 30, 2020

The Solarium – ‘Somewhere’, CT

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PEARL JAM: JAN 17, 1992

Moore Theater – Seattle, WA

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PIXIES: DEC 11, 2004

Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY

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THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT: OCT 31, 1996

Jack Straw’s – Charlotte, NC

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STS9: FEB 17, 2020

Belly Up – Aspen, CO

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THE WHITE STRIPES: JUN 19, 2007

The Fillmore at Irving Plaza – New York, NY

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WILCO: FEB 12, 2010

Royal Theatre – Victoria, BC

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YES: FEB 19, 1972

New York, NY

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, East Rutherford, 7/18/1999

The Rangers Had A Homecoming

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, July 18, 1999

By Erik Flannigan

With the first Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concerts in six years now fewer than 50 days away, a return to where their rebirth began feels fitting. East Rutherford, NJ 7/18/99 was only the band’s second US date on the Reunion tour. It followed a 36-show European leg that saw them playing beloved outtakes (finally released on Tracks), exploring the depths of their own catalog, and rounding into form ahead of an audacious 15-night stand at Continental Airlines Arena to kick off the American run.

The 7/18/99 recording, newly mixed from multitrack masters by Jon Altschiller, bears a strong sense of purpose and urgency for reconnection. How thrilling it must have been to not only hear “I Wanna Be With You” for the first time, but to take Bruce’s title statement literally as he calls in the band members one by one in the song’s intro. We want to be with you.

As commonplace as “Prove It All Night” might feel in hindsight, longtime fans hadn’t heard it played with the E Street Band in 14 years, and surely many others in attendance never had. These early Reunion shows were marked by bang-bang pacing at the top as the first two songs roll right into “Two Hearts.” Nils Lofgren may take the solo in “Prove It,” but Stevie Van Zandt’s return to the band is undeniable in his call-and-response backing vocals, which extend into “Two Hearts.”

“Trapped” was a standout when the band christened this building back in 1981; in 1999, Patti Scialfa’s vocals lift the chorus higher while modern keyboard textures from Roy Bittan and Danny Federici give “Trapped” a subtle recharge. “Darlington County” teases the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” for several bars before the rowdy road trip begins, giving Clarence Clemons his fifth fine showcase of the night already. 

Following that crowd-pleaser, three radical rearrangements show the Reunion tour isn’t here just to play the past by rote. The country arrangement of “Factory” shifts the tone of the song entirely, removing the drudgery-implying repetitive thump of percussion to yield something more contemplative about the meaning of “the working life.” Lofgren’s work in particular shines.

Bittan and Federici similarly recast the tone of “The River” with a long introduction behind Bruce’s mournful harmonica. The spare reading, accented by Danny’s accordion and Lofgren’s pedal steel, bears some influence from Bruce’s recordings for and around The Ghost of Tom Joad. Not every fan liked the rearrangement, but there’s no denying its disquieting impact and the bold choice to reinterpret a classic.

The full-band “Youngstown” might be the most successful of the three. With a trio of players on stage, the Reunion tour had a fatter, richer, and more forward guitar sound than the 1984-85 or 1988 tours. “Youngstown” makes the case that the E Street Band can be a full-throttled rock band whenever they like, and “Murder Incorporated” reinforces the point, riding Max Weinberg’s big beat in a sharp, stunning performance.

One has to admire Bruce’s sequencing as “Badlands” arrives to take us over the top and end a nearly flawless first half of the show. The de facto second set begins with the joyous invitation of a zippy “Out in the Street” in another appealing reading that the audience eats up.

After barely addressing the crowd to this point, Bruce takes to the E Street pulpit during “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out,” which features forays into “Red Headed Woman” and Patti’s own “Rumble Doll,” plus a nod to the great Curtis Mayfield with snippets of “It’s All Right” and “Move On Up.” A reverent “Loose End” follows, and again one has to readjust one’s mindset to remember the years when it was unimaginable “Loose End” would ever be released let alone played in concert. 

The summer setting brings “Sherry Darling,” led by the Clemons’ horn, and Brendan Byrne ‘81 vibes abound. “Working on the Highway” makes a light-hearted companion before Bruce shifts gears down again with a solemn reading of “The Ghost of Tom Joad” that starts acoustic before the band adds gentle accent colors.

The full sense of return simmering all night is sealed by the first few notes of “Jungleland.” As great as the show has been to this point, the magisterial appearance of the Born to Run epic seals the deal between Bruce, the band, and the fans. Clarence Clemons meets the moment and plays his saxophone solo with complete confidence. They. Are. Back.

The set ends with a lively, guitar-drenched “Light of Day” and more snippets including “I Need a Train,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” and a delicious snatch of Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn Theme” (Brucebase, how did you miss that one?). While “Light of Day” only served two tours of duty (1988 and 1999-2000) as an E Street set-closer, it did so with distinction, wrapping the set with momentum.

The encore opens with Springsteen in the confession booth, revealing secrets great, small, and embarrassing with admirable candor in “Freehold.” The song first appeared at Bruce’s solo acoustic show at his old high school in 1996 and its inclusion the first six nights of the 1999 NJ stand seems to suggest that as much as Bruce is back home as a local hero, he’s equal parts humble local man.

“Stand On It” is the final Tracks song in the set and features some dazzling displays from Bittan and Clemons in one of only 21 performances ever. From there, “Hungry Heart,” “Bobby Jean,” “Born to Run,” and “Thunder Road” give the people what they want, each sounding fresh after a long layoff.

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, July 18, 1999

On an evening firmly focused on the recommitment of Bruce and the band, “If I Should Fall Behind” delivers the sentiment with spotlight-sharing vocal turns from Nils, Patti, Clarence, and Steve on a song recorded and released while the band was on hiatus.

The night closes with a dedication to the Kennedy family–following the passing of John F. Kennedy Jr. two days prior–as the intro to “Land of Hope and Dreams.” Bruce’s modern day “People Get Ready” (so much so that he shares the writing credit with Curtis Mayfield) captures the American spirit as much as any song in the canon. 

The 7/18/99 recording is the earliest Reunion show yet to appear in the Live Archive series, and it shows just how ready they were to begin what we now see as their modern era, one that will enjoy a new chapter come February when Bruce and the band will roar back to life.

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XLI, December 23, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings of the Top 10 Most Played Live Tracks of 2022, including songs from Billy Strings, Dead and Company, Widespread Panic, Goose featuring Trey Anastasio and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Dreams
    Widespread Panic
    10/29/22 Savannah, GA
  2. Queen of California
    John Mayer
    8/21/22 Livingston, MT
  3. Jack Straw
    The String Cheese Incident (w/ Billy Strings)
    7/17/22 Morrison, CO
  4. Dire Wolf
    Billy Strings (w/ Bobby Weir)
    5/7/22 Nashville, TN
  5. Friend Of The Devil
    Bobby Weir and John Mayer
    8/8/22 Livingston, MT
  6. Back on the Train
    Billy Strings (w/ Trey Anastasio)
    6/29/22 New York, NY
  7. Playing In The Band
    Dead and Company
    7/16/22 New York, NY
  8. Hungersite
    Goose (w/ Trey Anastasio)
    6/25/22 New York, NY
  9. Simple>Egg in a Hole>Simple
    Phish
    4/23/22NewYork,NY
  10. Psycho
    Billy Strings
    5/13/22 Morrison, CO

Top Guest Sit-Ins of 2022

Having a special guest sit-in at a show can make for a unique and one-of-a-kind experience, and some of the most memorable concert moments. In this week’s 2022 Year In Review we take a look back at some of our favorite guest appearances of the year, and shows that are destined to be legendary concerts. The list of honorable mentions is exhaustive, and it’s challenging to pick just one from each band to highlight, but hopefully you find a show here to stream again or discover for the first time. Dig in and chime in, we’d love to hear your favorite guest sit-ins of the year.

Our Favorite Guest Appearances Of 2022 (in order of show date):

MY MORNING JACKET: 3/2/2022 – Riviera Cancun, MX

Featuring Phish’s Trey Anastasio for the three-song encore at their annual One Big Holiday festival. The following nights featured Brittany Howard and more.

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BOBBY WEIR & WOLF BROS: 3/9/2022 – Nashville, TN

Guest filled opening night at The Ryman with Wynonna Judd, Margo Price, the WolfPack strings and horns section, and more.

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JACK WHITE: 4/8/2022 – Detroit, MI

Listen back to one of the sweetest moments of the year as Jack’s then girlfriend Olivia Jean joins him on stage for a proper marriage proposal, then wedding!

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VOODOO DEAD: 5/1/2022 – New Orleans, LA

This show was nothing but guests, a night of funky Grateful Dead tunes featuring Steve Kimock, John Medeski, Al Schnier, John Kimock, George Porter Jr., Reed Mathis, plus very special guest Duane Betts.

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BILLY STRINGS: 5/8/2022 – Nashville, TN

The Ryman run featured guests each night, and the closing night saw legends Les Claypool, Bobby Weir, Ronnie McCoury, and Marty Stuart join the stage for one of the year’s best concerts.

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PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG: 5/21/2022 – Thornville, OH

Billed as ‘The Domefest All-Stars’, the show featured PPPP with guests Peter Anspach of Goose, Jake Brownstein of Eggy, plus members of Funk You and more. Peter also joined the Pigeon’s earlier set at the fest.

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THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS: 5/6/2022 – Morrison, CO

Red Rocks always brings out the best in a band, and the best guests. In this show we see Paul Hoffman from Greensky Bluegrass, members of California Honeydrops, and Karina Rykman.

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THE DISCO BISCUITS: 6/12/2022 – Essex Junction, VT

The Pink Floyd themed encore featured Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins, Kris Myers and Brendan Bayliss on “Brain Damage” & “Eclipse”.

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DEAD & COMPANY: 6/24/2022 – Chicago, IL

With Bill Kreutzmann recovering from an injury, Jay Lane stepped in again for this ‘women themed’ show to open up the Wrigley Field doubleheader.

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GOOSE: 6/25/2022 – New York, NY

In the band’s debut at Radio City Music Hall, the show started with an all acoustic set followed by a second set and encore with surprise guest appearances by Father John Misty and Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Later in the year, we’d get ‘TABoose’ tour and tons of top-notch Trey sit-ins, but this is where it started.

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GREENSKY BLUEGRASS: 7/2/2022 – Quincy, CA

High times at High Sierra with a set featuring Cris Jacobs, Skerik, Molly Tuttle, and Lindsay Lou!

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KITCHEN DWELLERS: 7/3/2022 – Baltimore, MD

In a late-night Billy Strings afterparty, Billy Strings himself joined for “Whitewater,” “Tombstone Blues,” and “Big Mon.”

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THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT: 7/17/2022 – Morrison, CO

Few shows were bigger this year then SCI’s Red Rocks performance, featuring an all Grateful Dead second set and guests Billy Strings and The Infamous Stringdusters Andy Hall.

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UMPHREY’S MCGEE: 7/23/2022 – North Plains, OR

At the Northwest String Summit we heard a number of acoustic tunes and also saw guests Paul Hoffman of Greensky, Yonder Mountain’s Allie Kral, and Jennifer Hartswick.

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LITTLE FEAT: 7/29/2022 – Greenwood Village, CO

This throwdown at Fiddler’s Green featured guests Jerry Douglas, SCI’s Kyle Hollingsworth, Ronnie McCoury, as well as Jay Collins, Steven Bernstein, and Erik Lawrence .

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EGGY: 8/5/2022 – Woodstock, NY

Their Levon Helm Studios debut saw Ben Atkind of Goose and Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki join in, amongst a slew of debut covers by The Band & Rusted Root.

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JOHN MAYER: 8/8/2022 – Livingston, MT

Part of John Mayer’s Rise For The River benefit concerts, this full show featured his Dead & Company bandmate Bobby Weir for a very special acoustic duo performance.

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GOV’T MULE: 8/11/2022 – Boston, MA

Hard to pass shows with Mike Campbell and John Popper as our favorite, but this concert with guests Oteil Burbridge and Tom Guarna on ABB’s “Dreams” and Oteil with Eric Krasno on the Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree” really shines.

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NEIGHBOR: 9/11/2022 – Pembroke, MA

A must listen, featuring an all acoustic set, before a horns-driven second set with Morphine’s Dana Colley and Trey Anastasio Band’s Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman.

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PEARL JAM: 9/11/2022 – New York, NY

In this special 9/11 performance in NYC, fans were treated to a guest appearance by the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Chad Smith on Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

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WIDESPREAD PANIC: 10/11/2022 – Memphis, TN

It was just a one set performance for Mempho Music Festival, but it was a big one with The Allman Brothers Band’s Chuck Leavell joining in for 4 songs including “Jessica.”

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OTEIL BURBRIDGE: 10/20/22 – Denver, CO

Our first Oteil show will be one to remember, with ‘friends’ Steve Kimock, Duane Betts, Melvin Seals, Lamar Williams Jr, and John Morgan Kimock.

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DOPAPOD: 11/19/2022 – Washington, DC

With surprise guests ranging from Billy Strings to members of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, & P-Funk, this show’s diversity in guests puts it as a standout moment.

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LEFTOVER SALMON: 11/25/2022 – Boulder, CO

This Thanksgiving day show saw their introduction into the Colorado Music Hall Of Fame, LoS then welcomed Sam Bush for the entire show, Billy Failing from Billy Strings, Lindsay Lou, and more!

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TWIDDLE: 11/26/2022 – Philadelphia, PA

The second night of the annual ‘Frendsgiving’ holiday shows at The Capitol featured multi-instrumentalist Scott Hannay and Rick James of Neighbor.

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METALLICA: 12/16/2022 – Los Angeles, CA

At The Helping Hands Benefit Concert, the show featured an acoustic set with Avi Vinocur, three live debuts, and St. Vincent on “Nothing Else Matters.”.

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New In 2022: Streaming Artist Additions

In the week’s ahead we’ll be taking retrospective trip through the year of live music, including best cover songs, favorite guest sit-ins, and more. This week, we take a look back at our new-to-streaming artist in 2022, from icons of classic rock to new bands exploding upon the scene, we’ve added nearly 30 artists this year and we’re not done yet! Explore the catalogs below, then delve in to their official concert audio with a nugs.net free trial.


NEW STREAMING ARTISTS ADDED IN 2022

  • Apollo Suns (19 shows): Jazz, funk, and psychedelic grooves.
  • Bruce Springsteen (200+ shows): Iconic singer-songwriter, streaming exclusively on nugs.net and for the first time ever.
  • CBDB (4 shows): Prog rock, jamband, and “joy funk”.
  • Daniel Donato (55 shows): Cosmic Country from Nashville, TN.
  • Darkside (5 shows): Electronic, psychedelic and progressive rock.
  • Dogs In A Pile (14 shows): Improvisation jam with deep roots in psychedelia, jazz, fusion, funk, traditional, and rock & roll.
  • Doom Flamingo (7 shows): A “six-headed synthwave beast” fronted by Kanika Moore, and Ryan Stasik of Umphrey’s McGee
  • Eminence Ensemble (21 shows) Rock to funk, metal, electronic, soul, and hip-hop.
  • Grateful Dead (161 shows) One of the most influential bands in music history, and the complete streaming catalog is on nugs.net.
  • Hiss Golden Messenger (6 shows) Indie, jam, rock, and psychedelic folk.
  • Holly Bowling (35 shows) Solo pianist with a specialty in Grateful Dead & Phish covers.
  • Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (7 shows): Progressive High-Energy String Band with roots in old-time, folk and bluegrass.
  • Iron Maiden (20 shows): British heavy metal leaders, active from the 1970’s to today.
  • Jimi Hendrix (5 shows): One of the most influential electric guitarists of all time.
  • Karina Rykman (2 shows): Bassist that “straddles the worlds of jam rock and indie pop drenched in psychedelia“.
  • Led Zeppelin (27 shows): One of the most successful and influential bands in the history of rock and roll.
  • Little Feat (5 shows): One of our newest additions with an everlasting legacy, with a sound that’s a fusion of rock, funk, country, and ‘New Orleans swamp boogie‘.
  • Neighbor (16 shows): Ambitious composition, soulful balladry, and a fearless approach to their lengthy improvisations.
  • Neil Young (39 shows): One of the most celebrated artists in music history, “touching on everything from noise-rock and synth pop to blues and rockabilly”.
  • Pixies (33 shows): Pioneers of the alt-rock movement that helped blaze the trail for artists from Nirvana to Radiohead and Pearl Jam.
  • Sammy Hagar (2 shows): Front man of Van Halen, he’s considered to be one of rock music’s most dynamic and prolific artists.
  • Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (6 shows): “The Godfather of the New Jersey Sound.”
  • TAND (21 shows): South Florida improv-rock, the band is known for their expressive songwriting and vast catalog of originals and covers.
  • The Revivalists (23 shows): Great instrumental and vocal talents, they bring a new element of New Orleans flare to rock.
  • Yak Attack (10 shows): Electronic power-trio blends live-looping, house, breakbeat, electro-funk, drum & bass with a touch of trip-hop.
  • Yam Yam (5 shows): A vibrant blend of jazz, jam, funk, and soul.
  • YES (19 shows): Pioneers of progressive rock, with a “daunting virtuosity, cosmic lyrics, complex musical textures, and powerful yet delicate lead vocals”.

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XL, December 9, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Wilco, Leftover Salmon with Lindsay Lou, Billy Strings, Eggy and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. I’m The Man Who Loves You
    Wilco
    6/21/03 Pittsburgh, PA
  2. My Oh My
    Eggy
    12/1/22 Denver, CO
  3. Sailin’ Shoes
    Leftover Salmon (w/ Lindsay Lou)
    11/26/22 Boulder, CO
  4. Southern Flavor
    Billy Strings
    12/3/22 Berlin, DEU
  5. Brain Damage
    Billy Strings
    12/3/22 Berlin, DEU
  6. The Same Boy You’ve Always Known
    Jack White
    11/12/22 Bangkok, TH
  7. Why Can’t We Be Friends?
    Twiddle
    11/26/22 Port Chester, NY
  8. Metropolis
    Octave Cat
    12/3/22 Philadelphia, PA
  9. Lowdown
    Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
    12/2/22 Charlottesville, VA
  10. You Don’t Love Me
    The Allman Brothers Band
    1/17/71 Pittsburgh, PA

Stream the Newest Drop of Country Music on nugs.net

We’re happy as all get-out to announce that twenty legendary live-concert and live-radio recordings from the country music genre are now available for streaming on nugs.net. We already have a robust bluegrass catalog and a diverse representation of country shows from the likes of Johnny Cash, Tyler Childers, Waylon Jennings, even new-age ‘Cosmic Country‘, and now our subscribers can stream some of the most notable live performances from some of the biggest names in the history of country music.

Now Available for Streaming:

Restored and mastered from the original 16″ transcription discs, this release features 8 complete episodes from his 1946 syndicated radio show.

Recorded live at Perkins Palace in Pasadena, CA on 5/15/1980, the show featured the two bands with Sam Bush performing Leon Russell originals and covers from The Beatles & The Rolling Stones.

  • Gram ParsonsGram Parsons & The Fallen Angels: Live 1973

Recorded on 3/13/1973 in Hempstead, NY, the country-rock icon’s final recording, features Parsons and Fallen Angels Emmylou Harris (pre-solo career) and Jock Bartley (pre-Firefall) in peak form!

Recorded 3/17/1994 @ The Cultural Center Auditorium in Charleston, WV for the Mountain Stage radio program.

  • Bill MonroeLive from Mountain Stage: Bill Monroe

This “rousing” 5/21/1989 concert from Charleston, WV features veteran Clarence “Tater” Tate on fiddle.

Recorded in a series of California honky-tonks during the middle of 1982, this live-album release features covers of classic tracks from Gram Parsons to Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty, and more.

This historic set presents remastered and expanded editions of landmark classic albums released during his Atlantic Records years, as well as a 1974 live concert at the Texas Opry House

Steve Earle is joined by Justin Townes Earle and The Bluegrass Dukes (Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott) plus more in this 2003 live-album.

Recorded live on 9/14/2015 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, this concert also featured John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and more.

Recorded on 1/28/2006 at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, GA, this is the only concert recording in existence from the only tour by the brothers

Recorded in August 2003, in this Soundstage concert, he wows the audience performing favorites such as “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Great Day to Be Alive,” and “Anymore.” Soundstage was an American live concert television series produced by WTTW Chicago.

A Moment in Time: An Evening with Conway Twitty & Orchestra (Live)

Conway Twitty in Concert: The Man, The Music, The Legend (Live)

Recorded 9/12/16 at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles, California, this show features Brandy in pared down, intimate setting with only a guitarist accompanying her

Recorded in the fall of 1981 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada.

Recorded 7/30/1994 @ The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA

  • AlabamaSouthern Drawl + Live on the Road

This combo release includes their studio album Southern Drawl, followed up with a live performance from “I’m In a Hurry (And I Don’t Know Why)” on.

We’ve already got a robust catalog of live shows from the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning group, adding to this is their 6/2/2004 performance at the famous Stubb’s BBQ in Austin.

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NEW: Android Auto Support and Apple CarPlay Enhancements Are Here

We are excited to announce new improvements to the nugs.net listening experience while driving for both Android and Apple users.

Android Auto

For the first time Android users are able to utilize Android Auto to enhance their listening experience while driving. With the latest version of the nugs.net Android app you can listen to your favorite shows on-the-go. Android auto support unlocks a number of key features for users including:

  • An intuitive interface for playing, pausing, skipping tracks, as well as browsing the nugs.net catalog directly through your car’s display
  • Picking up where you left off in a song after taking a call, or getting back into your car
  • Experience our latest features like Recommendations and Continue Listening for a seamless experience between your app, desktop player and your vehicle

Apple CarPlay

Major updates are here for Apple CarPlay users. We’ve redesigned the navigation to be more intuitive, and introduced Recommendations and Continue Listening into your driving experience. We’ve also fixed some key bugs including:

  • Songs will now resume from where they left off after an incoming call
  • Broken images and empty screens have been fixed
  • More intuitive navigation to find the music you love

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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXXIX, Dec. 2, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Greensky Bluegrass, Holly Bowling, The Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Strings, Tand, and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Tweezer
    Phish
    12/2/95 NewHaven,CT
  2. Worried About The Weather
    Greensky Bluegrass
    11/26/22 Kalamazoo, MI
  3. American Girl
    The Infamous Stringdusters
    11/15/22 Fargo, ND
  4. The Seeker
    Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
    10/29/22 New Haven, CT
  5. Unbroken Chain
    Holly Bowling
    11/29/22 Roanoke, VA
  6. Hide And Seek
    Billy Strings
    11/19/22 Washington, DC
  7. Opposite Attraction
    Tand
    11/25/22 Tuscaloosa, AL
  8. Slippin’ In The Kitchen
    Twiddle
    11/10/22 Chicago, IL

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Nashville, 8/21/2008

Elephants Never Forget

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sommet Center, Nashville, TN, August 21, 2008

By Erik Flannigan

If there’s any period in modern Springsteen history that continues to grow in admiration it is the 2007-2008 Magic era. 

There was always something appealing in the idea that Bruce and the E Street Band weren’t reuniting after an extended separation (only a few years since Vote For Change) nor called to service by historic events, but simply touring behind an excellent new album. Better still, the Magic tour created the setlist model we’ve had ever since.

The 1999-2000 Reunion tour marked the long-awaited return of the blood brothers and was tied to the release of the vaults-clearing Tracks, which liberated vital studio outtakes we only dreamed would someday be released. Several Tracks songs featured in the Reunion shows, and the exercise of producing the box and preparing for his first ESB tour in 11 years had Bruce looking at his catalog from a fresh vantage point. The result: setlist surprises on a regular basis—you didn’t know what Tracks song or vintage cut might turn up on a given night, putting long-lost classics like “New York City Serenade,” “Blinded By the Light” and “Lost in the Flood” back in play.

In addition to featuring 12 strong new songs from the 2007 album, the Magic tour suggested a similar reflection had taken place, but this time on the performance history of Bruce’s songs, with an eye toward the underplayed. Spurred by fan-sign requests, which took hold in 2007-2008, a trove of unusual cover songs appeared, along with choice rarities, upping the setlist wildcard factor practically every night. This awareness of what came before would continue on the Wrecking Ball tour, as requests persisted and got even more specific (e.g. “Prove It All Night ‘78”) in 2012-2013.

Nashville 8/21/08 exemplifies this “embrace the present and tap the past” approach. The concert immediately prior to the towering St. Louis show on 8/23, a previous Live Archive release, Nashville offers convincing performances of contemporary material, career-spanning classics, and special additions with deep roots in Springsteen’s performance past suggested by the fans. This delightful show also bears the unmistakable feeling of Bruce and the band enjoying being back on the job.

In a rare opening slot, “Out in the Street” sets the stage for a communal night between band and fan. The first half of the Nashville set runs strong with modern material (“Radio Nowhere,” “Lonesome Day,” “Youngstown”) and period heavy-hitters (“No Surrender,” “Murder Incorporated”), but things really open up when Bruce begins collecting request signs after “Spirit in the Night.” 

“I’m gonna test the band,” he says with a wry smile. “We played this at the Capitol Theatre in 1978.” Credit him for remembering correctly: “Good Rockin’ Tonight” earned 17 airings in its premiere run on the Darkness tour (including the Capitol in Passaic, 9/20/78) and three more on the River tour before going dormant for 28 years. Did they nail the arrangement? Not exactly (though Roy Bittan’s piano playing is extraordinary). Did they tap Darkness tour spirit? Absolutely. 

This ragged-but-right “Good Rockin’ Tonight” is an in-the-moment charmer, no more so than when Bruce shouts, “Go back a verse, Dan,” acknowledging crew member Dan Lee, who runs Bruce’s on-stage Teleprompter and helps make lost songs and other requests a welcome reality.

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sommet Center, Nashville, TN, August 21, 2008

Darkness tour spirit also infuses a sweet “Growin’ Up,” complete with the “selling the pool table to buy the Kent guitar” story. A surprisingly rare “I’m Goin’ Down” follows. It’s the only song from Born in the U.S.A. performed fewer than 100 times, trailing even “Pink Cadillac” (125 to date). This one of three appearances on the Magic tour is lively and terrific.

If that isn’t rare enough for you, how about “Hungry Heart” b-side “Held Up Without a Gun,” played for only the fourth time ever? Bruces seamlessly slips back into the vocal cadence and tone of the original, and the band hits it like an every-nighter.

There’s no time to catch our breath before another River rarity, outtake “Loose End” (changed from “Loose Ends” as of the release of the Ties That Bind box set) in a sharp reading that again taps vintage vibes in a manner that suggests something beyond muscle memory is afoot in Nashville.

The most striking example of this uncanny ability to recall the past comes before “She’s the One.” The song was a staple of Magic tour sets, but on this night, seemingly out of nowhere—especially since he began the song as he did every 2007-2008 version—Bruce breaks into the classic “Mona” intro from the Darkness tour (and once in 1981) and damn if it doesn’t sound just right. Stevie Van Zandt catches on and brings his own vintage licks to the segment.

A few songs later divine inspiration strikes again, and Bruce calls out chord changes—“B” then “E”—to intriguingly append Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” to the start of “I’m on Fire,” a song that’s all about crossing lines. A brilliant coupling.

The back half of the show is anchored by a trio of recent rockers: “The Rising,” a potent “Last to Die,” and the underrated “Long Walk Home,” the arrangement of which is an exemplar of the modern E Street sound. “Badlands” finishes the main set before an encore that starts on a rousing “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” (it is August, after all).

“Thunder Road” and “Born to Run” follow before the last tour premiere of the night, a cover of The Bobby Fuller Four’s “I Fought the Law,” played for only the fourth time since 1981 and barely aged a day—as is the theme this evening.

For those of us not old enough to see ’70s and ’80s shows in person, the Magic tour provided a time machine to a taste of what a few of those special song performances were like. May those vibes return in 2023.

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXXVIII, November 25, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Trey Anastasio featuring Billy Strings, Goose, The Infamous Stringdusters, My Morning Jacket, Eggy, and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Llama
    Trey Anastasio (w/ Goose)
    11/19/22 Reading, PA
  2. Back on the Train
    Trey Anastasio (w/ Billy Strings)
    11/17/22 Fairfax,VA
  3. Hot Tea
    Goose (w/ Trey Anastasio and the TAB Horns)
    11/19/22 Reading, PA
  4. Friend Of The Devil
    Bobby Weir & Friends
    11/17/22 Mill Valley, CA
  5. Sirens
    The Infamous Stringdusters
    11/17/22 Milwaukee, WI
  6. Finding and Losing
    Eggy
    11/12/22 Boston, MA
  7. Mulberry’s Dream
    The Disco Biscuits
    11/19/22 Atlanta, GA
  8. Syncopated Healing
    Twiddle
    11/12/22 St. Louis, MO
  9. Run Thru
    My Morning Jacket
    11/28/15 New York, NY
  10. Plasma
    Trey Anastasio (w/ Goose)
    11/18/22 Syracuse, NY

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXXVII, November 18, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Goose featuring Trey Anastasio, Spafford, Twiddle, Billy Strings, and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

    1. Suzie Greenberg
      Trey Anastasio (w/ Goose)
      11/15/22 Moon, PA
    2. Backdoor Funk
      Spafford
      11/12/22 Dallas, TX
    3. Unevolved
      Umphrey’s McGee
      11/12/22 Chicago, IL
    4. Jamflowman
      Twiddle
      11/8/22 Omaha, NE
    5. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
      Billy Strings
      11/13/22 Philadelphia, PA
    6. Brown-Eyed Women
      The Infamous Stringdusters
      11/13/22 Great Falls, MT
    7. This Old Sea
      Goose (w/ Trey Anastasio)
      11/15/22 Moon, PA

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXXVI, November 11, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Goose featuring Trey Anastasio, Zero, Greensky Bluegrass, Metallica, and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. All I Need
    Goose (w/ Trey Anastasio)
    11/9/22 Portland, ME

  2. Ramble On
    Billy Strings
    10/31/22 Asheville, NC
  3. Not Coming Down
    moe.
    11/6/22 Boulder, CO
  4. When Doves Cry
    Greensky Bluegrass
    11/5/22 Portland, OR
  5. The Call of Ktulu
    Metallica
    11/6/22 Hollywood, FL
  6. Baby Baby
    Zero
    10/27/22 Brooklyn, NY
  7. Mr. Domino
    Eggy
    10/30/22 Charleston, SC
  8. Me And My Uncle
    Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros (w/ Nathaniel Rateliff)
    11/5/22 Denver, CO
  9. Wolfman’s Brother
    Trey Anastasio (w/ Goose)
    11/9/22 Portland, ME

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXXV, November 4, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros featuring John Mayer, Jerry Garcia Band, Eggy, Widespread Panic, and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Werewolves of London
    Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros
    10/30/22 Phoenix, AZ
  2. It Must Have Been The Roses
    Greensky Bluegrass (w/ Holly Bowling)
    10/29/22 San Francisco, CA
  3. Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox
    Jerry Garcia Band
    10/31/92 Oakland, CA
  4. Big Bottom
    Gov’t Mule
    10/29/22 New Orleans, LA
  5. Tainted Love
    Spafford
    10/29/22 San Francisco, CA
  6. Sussudio
    Eggy
    10/29/22 Live Oak, FL
  7. Running Down A Dream
    Widespread Panic
    10/29/22 Savannah, GA
  8. Dark Star
    Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros (w/ John Mayer)
    10/25/22 Los Angeles, CA
  9. Ghost
    Trey Anastasio
    10/28/22 Chicago,IL

Bruce Springsteen, Asbury Park, 11/26/1996

There’s a Party Going On, You’re Missing It Little Boy

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce SpringsteenParamount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ, November 26, 1996

By Erik Flannigan

While his Born to Run book and Springsteen on Broadway performance served as overt autobiographical projects, Bruce Springsteen’s 1996 homecoming shows in Freehold and Asbury Park were equally if not more confessional.

Sprouting from seeds planted at 1990’s Christic Institute benefit concerts (available in the Live Archive series), Bruce’s return-to-the-Shore shows break the fourth wall and at times seek to provoke the audience by intentionally revealing parts of himself that didn’t necessarily comport with the image of rock’s everyman superstar.

Coming home—not just to New Jersey, but the very towns where his music, band, and lifelong friendships were born—is an act of making peace with one’s past. As Springsteen writes in “When You’re Alone,” performed so poignantly here, “I left and swore I’d never look back,” only to be sent “crawling like a baby back home.”

Bruce has been a storyteller since the early days, spinning yarns about Ducky Slattery and the magical meeting of Scooter and the Big Man. But that became part of the mythmaking.

Back in Asbury Park for the first time in decades, he’s in a different sort of dialogue with the audience—not exactly a two-way street (though he does respond to audience shouts on a few occasions), but consciously revealing his truths and gauging response. Case in point: As he makes unambiguously clear introducing “Red Headed Woman,” Springsteen was (and hopefully remains) America’s foremost advocate for cunnilingus.

For all that’s been said over the years about how he became the musician that he is, the story he tells ahead of “Across the Border,” drawing a parallel between the pop music his mother played on the radio and The Grapes of Wrath might be the most instructive. He eloquently connects the roots of the two key themes of his formative work: the yearning to escape one’s circumstances and the desire for human connection.

Both themes are in full display on Asbury Park 11/26/96, the final night of four Shore shows and the closing night in AP. The November 24 performance was previously released in the Live Archive series, where Bruce was joined by Danny Federici, Patti Scialfa, and Soozie Tyrell. That trio returns for the last show, joined by several figures from those seminal Shore years including Stevie Van Zandt, Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, Richard Blackwell (who played percussion on The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle), and the late, great Big Danny Gallagher, on whose living room floor Bruce wrote “a lot of my early work.”


The show immediately acknowledges those early days as Springsteen is accompanied by Federici on “For You” to open, followed by a solo turn of “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the CIty.” There’s nothing retro about the performances, which sound vibrant and in the moment, with Bruce in fine, strong voice. For “Saint,” his strumming adopts the low acoustic sound from the Joad tour arrangement of “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” which propels the song to the rafters. On that point, the same can be said of the entire performance, which practically bursts from the stage to the audience. In contrast, Springsteen’s next solo outing, the 2005 tour in support of Devils & Dust, can be categorized as more of a lean-in experience, brilliant as it was.

“Atlantic City” gets a passionate if traditional reading. Curious that the song wasn’t part of the original Joad setlists, but it became a staple starting with the European shows in the spring of 1996. The brilliant “Straight Time” was part of the Joad tour core, but curiously it has been played only once since, in Copenhagen 2005. 

Scialfa and Tyrell first take the stage for “Tougher Than The Rest,” played only in Freehold and Asbury in a rare acoustic arrangement. “Darkness” is assayed at a blistering pace, and the urgency felt in so many of the night’s performances rings true as Bruce sings, “lives on the line where dreams are found and lost.”


There’s a washboard quality in the rhythmic strumming intro to “Johnny 99” as Bruce blasts harmonica to what sounds like the riff of U2’s “Desire.” It’s another pacey rendition, and Bruce’s heighted Joad voice shifts wildly from high to low, hard to soft, demanding the audience engage.

Next, the first of those old friends, as Richard Blackwell takes the stage on congas for a one-off performance of “All That Heaven Will Allow,” dormant since the last night of the Tunnel tour. Bruce brings out Blackwell with a story about randomly running into him in the woods a long way from the Shore—near the Esalen Institute in Big Sur—after driving cross-country in late 1969. Blackwell is then joined by Tyrell on violin for the comforting return of “All That Heaven Will Allow.”

With Federici rejoining on accordion, Tyrell and Springsteen revisit “Wild Billy’s Circus Story,” and again Springsteen’s singing is spirited and invigorating, even contemporizing the Wild & Innocent classic.

The aforementioned cunnilingus advocacy precedes “Red Headed Woman,” though perhaps stumping would be a better word choice. Bruce makes a rare foray into political impressions, doing his take on Senator Bob Dole by way of positing the theory that Dole could have won the 1996 Presidential election if only he’d said, “This is Bob Dole. Bob Dole stands for a strong America; prosperity in every home. Bob Dole stands for cunnilingus.”

“Two Hearts” arrives just in time to turn off the steam, as Patti and Soozie join for this calmer expression of love, teeing up one of the night’s true highlights. “When You’re Alone” was released on Tunnel of Love in 1987, but never appeared in a Tunnel of Love Express Tour set. Springsteen finally debuted the song live at the 1993 tour’s Count Basie Theatre warm-up before its more formal resurrection for these 1996 Shore shows, tour-premiering in Freehold.

Why these shows? Bruce gives “When You’re Alone” no meaningful introduction, but the second-verse lyrics are highly apropos of the occasion. In this stripped-down arrangement, Bruce carries a lot of the original melody in his vocals, enhanced by Patti’s rich harmonies, and the result is special. One of only 12 performances ever, this is the last “When You’re Alone” until 2005.

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen, Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ, November 26, 1996

Former single-mates “Shut Out the Light” and “Born in the U.S.A.” are paired masterfully, with the B-side played first, featuring sympathetic support from Danny, Soozie, and especially Patti on vocals. The 1984 title track always merits reappreciation in its original acoustic form.

The NJ shows deviated significantly from the baseline Joad set, but the end of the 11/24/96 show reverts to form for “Sinaloa Cowboys,” “The Line” and “Across the Border.” As they were night after night, each of the three is brilliantly realized, and the addition of “Racing In the Street” between the final two is both a fascinating and fitting addition. Bruce reads “Racing” not unlike a Joad song (that influence can be felt on some of the 1973 songs as well), and the shifted telling makes for an engrossing rendition.

To the encore, and wonderful moments of Bruce seeing and celebrating the local friends who helped get him there. It starts with Stevie Van Zandt, who joins all prior guests and shares lead vocals with Bruce on his own classic “I Don’t Want to Go Home” in its only tour appearance and a unique acoustic arrangement. “Spirit in the Night” is suddenly an ode to the spirit on this night, with Lopez and Gallagher joining the fray on backing vocals.

A shambolic “Rosalita” ensues, where the spirit of the performance is again what matters most, and a video would do more justice to see the joy on the faces of these reunited Shore brothers (and sisters). 

Danny and Bruce handle a joyous “This Hard Land” on their own, but not before reminding the audience that the show is a benefit for the Asbury Park Fire Department and the Women’s Center of Monmouth County. The evening closes with “4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy),” Bruce’s beloved ode to the city, the culture, and the people who brought him to John Hammond’s office and eventually MetLife Stadium.

“I got a chance the other night to just watch my kids running around the theater,” Bruce says in his intro to “Sandy,” “bringing the whole thing sort of full circle.” The same can be said for his own return to Asbury Park in 1996 for one of the most heartwarming shows on the Joad tour.

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by Erik Flannigan, Bruce Springsteen Archivist

The Bruce Springsteen Live Archive catalog on nugs.net expands again with the addition of ten more shows from the 2016 River tour. The summer east coast leg included three homecoming dates at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, plus massive outdoor gigs at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Bruce and the E Street Band also performed arena shows at United Center in Chicago, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach and Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

All of these concerts opened with Springsteen’s 1973 magnum opus “New York City Serenade” augmented by a string section, save for Virginia Beach which began with Bruce at the piano playing “For You.” Tom Morello makes a guest appearance at MetLife on August 25, while Rickie Lee Jones does the same on August 30, the third and final night in E. Rutherford in a set that featured “Kitty’s Back,” “Summertime Blues,” “Pretty Flamingo,” “Living Proof” and “Secret Garden.”

The first show in Philadelphia on September 9 offers its own welcome rarities, chief among them “The Fever,” “Thundercrack” and “Streets of Philadelphia.” The tour’s closing night in Foxboro is 33-song keeper, highlighted by six songs from Bruce’s 1973 debut, Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ and all three tracks found on side two of its follow-up, The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle.

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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXXIV, October 28, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Pearl Jam, Eggy, Spafford, Gov’t Mule with John Popper and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Superblood Wolfmoon
    Pearl Jam
    9/20/22 Oklahoma City, OK
  2. That Black Bat Licorice
    Jack White
    9/30/22 Tucson, AZ
  3. Born On The Wrong Planet
    The String Cheese Incident
    10/31/96 Charlotte, NC
  4. Those Shoes
    Spafford
    10/25/22 Bend, OR
  5. Hunger Strike / Dear Mr. Fantasy / Hunger Strike
    Gov’t Mule (w/ John Popper)
    10/22/22 Ridgeland, MS
  6. Candyman
    Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros
    10/21/22 Eugene, OR
  7. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
    Steve Kimock and Friends
    10/6/22 Charlotte, NC
  8. All Wheels Turnin’
    Eggy
    10/15/22 Syracuse, NY
  9. Bear’s Gone Fishin’
    Widespread Panic
    10/22/22 Milwaukee, WI

Halloween, It Just Hits Different

Bust-outs, covers, costumes, guest sit-ins, tricks and treats…a Halloween show just hits a bit different. Explore some of our favorite 10/31 shows from years past, all available to stream with a nugs.net subscription. There’s a lot more out there so do some discovery, and be sure to check out our upcoming livestream schedule to catch the next Halloween show that’s sure to shake your bones.


  • Pearl Jam2009/10/31 in Philadelphia, PA
    • The final night of a four-show run at the Spectrum, a massive double encore where in the final set the band came out dressed as Devo and performed live debuts of “Whip It” and “Sweet Lew”.
  • Gov’t Mule2013/10/31 in Oakland, CA
    • One of the many special Mule-O-Ween’s, this 2013 show featured Robby Krieger of The Doors for all of set 2, with a setlist focused on The Doors catalog reimagined.
  • Grateful Dead10/31/1971 in Columbus, OH
    • There were friendly spirits indeed at play on this Halloween night, a gem of a show from early in Keith Godchaux’s tenure with the Dead.”
  • The String Cheese Incident2004/10/31 in Madison, WI
    • First Time Played: Peace Train (Cat Stevens), Rock The Casbah (The Clash), I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag (Country Joe), Rockin’ in The Free World (Neil Young), Revolution (The Beatles) & Take The Power Back (RATM)
  • Umphrey’s McGee2014/10/31 in Boston, MA
    • Massive mashups including “Sweet Emotion” x “Walk This Way” x “Funk 49”, “She’s A Bad Mama Jama” x “Give It To Me Baby” and more.
  • Dave Matthews Band1998/10/31 in Oakland, CA
    • From one of the most well-regarded tours in the band’s history, and their last Halloween concert to-date, this show has long been hailed a classic and every performance is a highlight.
  • Widespread Panic2015/10/31 in Asheville, NC
    • The band debuted 4 covers including “Dooley”, “The Fishin’ Hole”, “Have A Cigar” and “Young Lust”. Fiddle Player Nicki Sanders joined the band on stage for several songs.
  • Lotus2009/10/31 in Baltimore, MD
    • Dubbed “Protein Pills in the Labyrinth”, members dressed up as several David Bowie characters including Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke, and Jareth. The band performed 8 Bowie songs that night.
  • Big Something2021/10/31 in Wilmington, NC
    • Night three of their 2021 Halloween run billed as “Talking Something”, a tribute to the Talking Heads
  • Jerry Garcia Band1992/10/31 in Oakland, CA
    • After three months off the road due to health issues, Jerry Garcia was welcomed by a crowd of 17,000 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena in Oakland, CA. He greeted the crowd with a heart-felt “How Sweet It Is” as his first song back on stage.
  • Billy Strings2021/10/31 in Asheville, NC
    • The Wizard of Oz themed three night run concluded with debut covers of the Rolling Stones, The Doors, Elton John, and more. Billy dressed as the Scarecrow, and the band participated in costumes from the film as well.
  • Dead & Company2019/10/31 in New York, NY
    • This was the first show Dead & Company played together after the passing of lyricist Robert Hunter, and the first two sets featured songs that Hunter had co-written. The show began with the four original Grateful Dead members performing an emotional rendition of “Ripple,” one of Hunter’s many masterpieces.
  • The Disco Biscuits2015/10/31 in Syracuse, NY
    • Their first Halloween show in 5 years, a disco and funk extravaganza with debut covers and guests the Philly Stray Horns and singer Alita Moses.
  • Goose2021/10/31 in Worcester, MA
    • The Austin Powers’ themed evening consisted of rare covers like the “Dr. Evil Rap”, “My Generation”, “I’m A Believer” and more.
  • Phil Lesh & Friends2017/10/31 in Port Chester, NY
    • With special guests Rob Barraco, Nicki Bluhm, Robert Randolph & Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Leftover Salmon2013/10/31 in Atlanta, GA
    • “Basically Frightened” through “Right Now” with Col. Bruce Hampton. Count M’butu plays congas and percussion the whole show.
  • moe.2015/10/31 in Philadelphia, PA
    • A “Halloween Star Wars rock fest” with the band members dressed as the movie characters and the show was comprised of Star Wars songs, altered themed lyrics and puns on moe. originals, and new, never before played cover songs.
  • Pigeons Playing Ping Pong2021/10/31 in Columbus, OH
    • A “Daft Side of the Moon” Halloween featuring mashups of Daft Punk and Pink Floyd songs throughout the night.

A Potent Dose of Live Gizzard


by Jonathan Cohen

It was a long time coming (to be precise, 29 months since the originally scheduled dates, which were postponed three times due to COVID), but King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard finally made their Red Rocks debut two weeks ago as part of a three-show run featuring “marathon three-hour sets” each night, with no repeated songs. The final performance will take place Nov. 2, and will air with professionally post-mixed audio beginning Nov. 6.

Whether you’re a devoted fan of the prolific Australian sextet or a curious newcomer, the Red Rocks run offers an incredibly potent dose of live Gizzard. Indeed, the band seems to be performing at the peak of its on-stage power, even as it releases three distinct new albums in the month of October (its 21st, 22nd and 23rd since forming in 2010). Below are some highlights from the first two Red Rocks shows, as well as what fans might expect at the finale. In the meantime, be sure to check out nugs.net’s King Gizzard catalog, which includes more than a dozen audio and video releases taped all over the world.


Night one: 10/10/2022

As cloaked in mystique as Gizzard often is, the group defused any artifice between band and audience on opening night by nonchalantly walking onstage to tune and adjust its instruments 10 minutes before showtime. Frontman Stu Mackenzie was wearing a green alligator visor in a nod to the lovable Gizzard mascot, and once the concert began, there was no doubt of its significance for the musicians on stage. “I can’t feel my legs,” keyboardist Ambrose Kenny-Smith shouted. “Holy shit,” guitarist Joey Walker said. “Let’s get fucked up! Have a good time and love each other.”

After two blistering songs from 2019’s thrash-metal extravaganza “Infest the Rat’s Net,” the first set was highlighted by “Magenta Mountain” and its long, tense closing jam with Walker on analog synth, the wobbly “O.N.E.” (with a tease of the dark, heavy boogie “Straws in the Wind,” which appeared later in its complete form) and the penultimate “The River,” its snappy, retro vibe upended by teases of the more sinister “Crumbling Castle” and “Wah Wah.” The set wrapped with the nine-minute-plus “Magma” from Gizzard’s recent album “Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava,” the product of intensive jam sessions that were then edited together by Mackenzie after the fact.

As a bonus treat for the sold-out crowd of nearly 10,0000, Gizzard premiered the first of two songs on another new album, “Laminated Denim,” over the PA during intermission two days before its proper release. “Laminated Denim” was also available for early sale at the merch stand at both shows, if you were willing to brave the 45-minute line.

Set two roared to life with “Rattlesnake,” one of the best examples of Gizzard’s innate ability to work riffs and grooves into lengthy instrumental explorations (this time with teases of no less than five other songs, including the next three on the set list: “Automation,” “Honey” and “Sleep Drifter”). “Ataraxia” was much faster and precise than its studio version on 2021’s “L.W.,” its chorus hook sticking in the brain like musical toffee.

For a group that most certainly jams but has not made many overt references to scene forefathers like The Grateful Dead, Gizzard submitted to the legends of jam band past on “Evil Death Roll,” its major-key, Dead-style workout tuning directly into the spirit of this legendary venue. The head-bopping continued on the new song “Ice V,” its fizzy, New Orleans swamp funk providing an intriguing transition into three songs from the concept album “Murder of the Universe,” narrated by opening act Leah Senior, who provided the same service on the studio versions.

Walker’s girlfriend later brought out shots for the whole band in honor of Walker’s impending birthday, while Kenny-Smith prowled the stage to sing “The Grim Reaper,” what he described as “some weird ass satanic rap for ya.” The 27-song evening concluded with a final dose of thrash-y rock’n’roll in “Planet B,” which Gizzard finished exactly one minute curfew.


Night two: 10/12/2022

What better way to start the second Red Rocks show than with a 15-minute “The Dripping Tap,” one of Gizzard’s best new extended jams? During a quiet breakdown in the song, Walker was presented with a birthday cake by his girlfriend and manager, remarking, “I was expecting that later in the set!” “Gaia” featured a taut, spacey section reminiscent of Tool, with drummer Michael Cavanagh nodding to that band’s Danny Carey with his creative roto-tom work. Walker positively ripped on “Predator X,” even finger-tapping a la Eddie Van Halen and throwing in one bar of “Perihelion” (which would later open set two).

“Doom City” was futuristic surf rock crossed with Black Sabbath doom, while “K.G.L.W.” was absolutely wicked, a sea of bobbing heads offering their full compliance in the audience. The set wound down was the rarity “Sea of Trees” (played for just the 15th time since 2012), its sleazy groove segueing into the satisfying southern rock of “The Bitter Boogie.”

The party was instantly restarted during set two’s “I’m in Your Mind” / “I’m Not in Your Mind” suite, the guitar riffs of which imagined being chased through a Middle East bazaar. Leah Senior returned to narrate six songs from “Murder of the Universe,” a jaw-dropping display of Gizzard’s instrumental virtuosity and dynamic command.

From there, it was one delight after another — the baby-making soul of “Ambergris,” the slow-cooking “Iron Lung” and its emphatic, Kenny-Smith-belted outtro, “Robot Stop” and “Mr. Beat,” which teased back to “Iron Lung.” The members of Leah Senior’s band snuck onstage to spray Gizzard with silly string and bring the 32-song performance to a close, as the crowd high-fived, hugged and gazed behind it at Red Rocks’ impossibly beautiful natural surroundings.


What’s left?

Knowing that the Red Rocks shows will feature no repeat songs, we can identify some likely suspects for the third gig on Nov. 2. They include favorites such as “Venusian 2,” “Plastic Boogie,” “Self Immolate,” Am I in Heaven,” “Float Along — Fill Your Lungs,” the complete “Crumbling Castle” and “Intrasport,” plus several songs from “Murder of the Universe” that weren’t played this week, “Shanghai” (the lone song in live rotation from the 2021 album “Butterfly 3030”), newer material such as “Sadie Sorceress” and anything from the upcoming album “Changes,” which will be released a few days before Red Rocks night three. One thing’s for sure: King Gizzard always seizes big moments like this, making Nov. 2 a show certainly not to be missed.


About the author: Jonathan Cohen is a veteran music journalist, editor and author of the New York Times-bestselling authorized biography of Pearl Jam, “Pearl Jam 20.” He previously served as the music booker for the first six years of Jimmy Fallon’s NBC late night show.


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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXXIII, October 21, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Wilco, Gov’t Mule with Old Crowe Medicine Show, Billy Strings, Eggy and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. U.S. Blues
    Wilco
    10/5/22 New Orleans, LA
  2. Weather Report Suite: Prelude / Part I / Let It Grow
    Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros
    10/15/22 San Francisco, CA
  3. The Likes of Me
    Billy Strings
    10/15/22 Oklahoma City, OK
  4. You Ain’t Going Nowhere
    Gov’t Mule (w/ Old Crowe Medicine Show)
    10/15/22 Apopka, FL
  5. Dripfield
    Goose
    10/16/22 Austin, TX
  6. Alright Tonight
    Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
    10/1/22 Baltimore, MD
  7. Pigs (Three Different Ones)
    Eggy
    10/13/22 Pawtucket, RI

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by Erik Flannigan, Bruce Springsteen Archivist

Red Bank is the fifth and final drop of Bruce Springsteen Live Archive catalog recordings on nugs.net, completing the addition of nearly 200 shows circa 1975-2017 to the streaming service.

The 44 show Red Bank drop begins with five from Bruce’s beloved 1988 Tunnel of Love Express Tour with the E Street Band, including the US leg closer at Madison Square Garden on May 23 (which featured a rare cover of Jackie Wilson’s “Lonely Teardrops”) and Stockholm, July 3, originally broadcast live across the US on Fourth of July weekend 1988.

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Next, two of the most extraordinary performances of Springsteen’s career, the November 16-17, 1990 acoustic performances to benefit the Christic Institute, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Sharing a bill with Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, Bruce performed his first solo shows in 16 years, debuting six new songs in the process, including the definitive reading of “Real World.” He also rearranged catalog classics to deliver riveting versions of “Darkness on the Edge of Town” on 12-string acoustic and “Tougher Than the Rest” on piano. These are truly essential recordings.

Most of the new songs debuted at the Shrine were later released on the companion albums Human Touch and Lucky Town in 1992. Springsteen assembled a new band for that tour, four shows from which are included in Red Bank: Meadowlands Arena, July 25, 1992; Boston Garden, December 13; Berlin’s Waldbühne, May 13, 1993; and the nearly four-hour, penultimate tour performance back at Meadowlands Arena on June 24 with guest appearances by Little Steven, Joe Ely, Southside Johnny, Max Weinberg, Clarence Clemons, Soozie Tyrell and the Miami Horns.

Five years after the Christic Shows, Springsteen mounted his first solo outing in support of The Ghost of Tom Joad, represented here by five concerts spanning the tour’s earliest days (a December 9 set at the Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA, where he last performed in 1975) through the 1997 European victory lap (Palais des Congrès Acropolis, Nice, France on May 18). Also featured are special homecoming gigs at Bruce’s primary school, St. Rose of Lima in Freehold, NJ, November 8, 1996, and the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park sixteen days later on November 24.

Last but not least, the 28-show European leg of 2016’s River tour rounds out the Red Bank drop. These performances include return visits to two of Springsteen’s favorite continental venues: Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, June 25 and 27, along with San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, July 3 and 5.

Erik Flannigan’s Red Bank Compilation Album

  1. “Tunnel of Love” Madison Square Garden, May 23, 1988
  2. “Be True” Madison Square Garden, May 23, 1988
  3. “Roulette” Sports Arena, Los Angeles, April 23, 1988
  4. “Born In The U.S.A.” Stockholms Stadion, July 3, 1988
  5. “Walk Like A Man” Joe Louis Arena, March 28, 1988
  6. “Across The Borderline” Sports Arena, Los Angeles, April 28, 1988
  7. “Lonely Teardrops” Madison Square Garden, May 23, 1988
  8. “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” Shrine Auditorium, November 16, 1990
  9. “Real World” Shrine Auditorium, November 16, 1990
  10. “Tougher Than The Rest” Shrine Auditorium, November 17, 1990
  11. “Lucky Town” Boston Garden, December 13, 1992
  12. “Living Proof” Boston Garden, December 13, 1992
  13. “Open All Night” Meadowlands Arena, July 25, 1992
  14. “It’s Been A Long Time” Meadowlands Arena, June 24, 1993
  15. “Murder Incorporated” Tower Theater, December 9, 1995
  16. “Streets of Philadelphia” Tower Theater, December 9, 1995
  17. “Brothers Under The Bridge” King’s Hall, March 19, 1996
  18. “When You’re Alone” St. Rose of Lima School, November 8, 1996
  19. “Shut Out The Light” Paramount Theatre, November 24, 1996
  20. “Crush On You” Ethiad Stadium, May 25, 2016
  21. “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)” Malieveld, June 14, 2016
  22. “Jackson Cage” Stadio San Siro, July 3, 2016
  23. “Stolen Car” Ullevi Stadium, July 23, 2016
  24. “None But The Brave” Stadion Letzigrund, July 31, 2016

Note: These concerts are only available to U.S. and Canada subscribers, and can be streamed now with a free trial to nugs.net.

Erik Flannigan is a music archivist, producer, author and manager. He has been writing about Bruce Springsteen’s live performances and recordings for more than 30 years.

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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXXII, October 14, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Eggy, Goose featuring Big Boi from OutKast, Billy Strings, Jack White and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. BubaGum
    Eggy
    10/1/22 Pembroke, MA
  2. So Fresh, So Clean
    Goose (w/ Big Boi – Outkast)
    10/8/22 Austin, TX
  3. Freeborn Man
    Billy Strings
    10/6/22 Austin, TX
  4. I Told Them All About You
    Greensky Bluegrass (w/ Mollie Tuttle)
    10/9/22 Portland, ME
  5. Señor
    Gov’t Mule (w/ The Dirty Knobs)
    10/11/22 Durham, NC
  6. The Same Boy You’ve Always Known
    Jack White
    9/29/22 Sante Fe, NM
  7. Crown Of Thorns
    Pearl Jam
    9/11/22 New York, NY
  8. Anorexia
    Zero
    7/30/22 Eugene, OR
  9. Everything’s Right
    Trey Anastasio
    10/8/22 Berkeley,CA
  10. Turbulence & The Night Rays
    Goose
    10/11/22 Kansas City, MO

Weekly Live Stash, Vol. XXXI, October 7, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Widespread Panic, Goose, Steve Kimock and Friends, Jack White and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
    Widespread Panic (w/ Chuck Leavell)
    10/1/22 Memphis, TN
  2. Tumble
    Goose
    10/1/22 Atlanta, GA
  3. I’ve Got You Surrounded (With My Love)
    Jack White
    9/17/22 Chattanooga, TN
  4. Away From The Mire
    Billy Strings
    9/30/22 Stanford, CA
  5. Better Git It In Your Soul
    Steve Kimock and Friends
    9/23/22 Kent, OH                             
  6. Terrapin Station Suite
    Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros
    9/30/22 Waterbury, CT
  7. Ghosts of the Forest
    Trey Anastasio
    9/30/22 Riverside,CA

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Atlanta, 10/1/1978

Down At The End Of Lonely Street

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, October 1, 1978

By Erik Flannigan

In high school, I got the chance to serve as a page in the Washington State Senate, a gig that allowed me to not only miss a week of school fully excused but get paid $150 for doing so. When I cashed that check, I knew exactly what I would do with the money.

A small record store had opened up across the street from Stewart Junior High, and on my first visit I saw an unusual record locked up in a glass case. It was Bruce Springsteen Piece de Resistance, credited as a September 1978 live recording from Passaic, New Jersey. While it was a three-LP box set, $35 still seemed like a lot of money to me at the time — that is, until my Senate-page windfall.

I didn’t know enough about Springsteen collecting to realize Piece de Resistance was sourced from a radio broadcast, but I did recognize it was a bootleg. My dad was a big record collector, and though his rock interests were limited to Bob Dylan and The Beatles, he did own a couple of boots. I told him about the store and the $35 Springsteen triple, to which he replied, “Bootlegs sound crappy.”

Ignoring his advice, I went out the next day and bought Piece de Resistance. I can still remember my trepidation as I dropped the needle on the LP hoping it didn’t sound too crappy.

From that point forward, finding and listening to Springsteen live recordings became a lifelong passion, with the Darkness tour the sentimental sweet spot of my quest. I’ve surely listened to the five 1978 radio broadcasts (thankfully all now available in the Live Archive series) several hundred times; the best soundboards and audience tapes nearly as often. Mediocre recordings, sure, plenty of those as well to catch rare songs. But I never listened to Atlanta, October 1, 1978, the provisional final show of the Darkness tour.

Springsteen’s legendary 1978 trek opened in Buffalo on May 23 and ran for 86 shows through what was to be the final stop, back-to-back concerts at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Though Springsteen would return to the road in exactly one month, at the time, night two at the Fox was meant to be the tour finale. Soon thereafter it was decided Bruce should make “one final push,” as Jon Landau’s letter to Columbia Records put it, “concentrating on those markets where we have created very real excitement, and where, with one more concert coupled with imaginative promotion, we can finish the job.”

Back to Atlanta. The first night on September 30 is the fourth of the aforementioned radio broadcasts, and as many long speculated, the Record Plant Mobile Truck remained on site to preserve the second show on 24-track, 2-inch analog tape.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took the Fox stage that Sunday night believing it to be their last gig and gave a performance fitting of the occasion. The 10/1/78 set is like a supercut of special inclusions familiar from the Roxy, the Passaic stand, and early tour sets combined with ATL specials to yield a tremendous, peak ‘78 recording new to (almost) all of us. 

“This is the last night of our tour, tonight,” Bruce says at the top, “our 86th show. So one more time for the last time.” What could be a more fitting opener than a reverent cover of the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time,” with Stevie Van Zandt as Keith Richards on background vocals to Bruce’s Mick Jagger lead. After its premiere in Atlanta, Bruce reprised “The Last Time” for what ultimately proved to be the true final show of the Darkness tour, Richfield, OH, January 1, 1979.

It’s a joyous start to a stonking first set as Bruce sings in his special-show, heightened-vocal range, and the E Streeters score perfect 10s from the judges. A crackling “Badlands”and lusty “Spirit in the Night” serve as the preamble before Springsteen says, “Tonight our story begins in the Darkness on the Edge of Town.” It’s a tremendous take, with every bar from “Tonight I’ll be on that hill” to the end exemplary of Bruce and the band’s commitment.

The vocal showcase continues with “Heartbreak Hotel” and Bruce in full Elvis mode. In this slower arrangement (compared to The Roxy), one can feel emotional resonance when he sings to “all the broken hearts in the crowd,” as he says in his introduction, from “way down at the end of lonely street.” That lyric never jumped out to me before, but it is clearly a place Springsteen knows all too well and a perspective from which some of his greatest work originated.

“Factory,” a lively “Promised Land” (with some fresh details in the bridge and a great closing vocal), and a guttural, 11-minute-plus “Prove It All Night” extend the winning streak before the return of “It’s My Life.”

The Animals’ classic was a staple of 1976-77 setlists, presented as an epic showpiece tied to stories about Bruce’s relationship with his father. Performed on those tours, the song was a defiant statement of independence to come. In its short, seven-show reprise on the Darkness tour, the tone shifts to reflect a protagonist no longer aspiring to but living his pledge. The Atlanta performance is the final one (to date), perhaps because Bruce outgrew it. Fun fact: “It’s My Life” premiered at C.W. Post College on December 12, 1975, meaning the first and last performances of this classic cover are now included in the Live Archive series.

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, October 1, 1978

A distinct Roy Bittan piano introduction comes ahead of “Thunder Road,” the musical bed for Bruce to recall meeting a kid backstage the night before who told him he had formed his own band. “It meant a lot to me,” Bruce says earnestly. “It reminded me why I started doing all of this stuff in the first place. See you out on ‘Thunder Road’.” It’s a sweet moment that only adds to the uplifting power of this version.

“This is a song we don’t play much at all,” Bruce proclaims before a warmly received and instantly recognized “Meeting Across the River,” played but five times on the Darkness tour and incredibly, one of only 70 known occasions to date, making it one of the rarest in-concert tracks from the classic canon. It leads, as it should, into an immense “Jungleland.” “The latest rage,” “a real death waltz,” “the poets,” the extended, soaring “hoohhhhhhhs”—he crushes them all.

To open the second set, Bruce reaches back to “For You,” an every-nighter early in the tour not played for the better part of a month before or after this appearance. It’s another captivating cut that peaks with the line, “You laugh and cry in a single sound.” He then lets “Fire” “go a little longer” to lighten the mood before turning serious in a stunning sequence of “Candy’s Room,” “Because the Night,” and “Point Blank.”

“Candy’s” has always been a self-contained masterpiece, so distinct in the catalog and explosive in live performance as it is here. For my money, the 1978 versions of “Because the Night’ are THE versions. The guitar work in the intro and the end, coupled with drama the band infuses into the arrangement behind Bruce’s desperate vocals, was never better. While the guitar amps are cooling, Bittan and Danny Federici take over and set the scene for the noir romance of “Point Blank,” another Atlanta performance that rivals the very best.

It’s time to give the band some, and with that “Kitty’s Back” purrs to life on a night packed with firsts, lasts, and infrequents. This would prove to be the final appearance of “Kitty’s Back” with the E Street Band for nearly a quarter-century. After 13 minutes of back-alley majesty, Bruce says those words we all want to hear: “[Let’s] do some more stuff off of Wild & the Innocent.” He goes on to dedicate “Incident on 57th Street” to his lighting designer Marc Brickman. “He’s like a member of the band. There’s nobody better.” “Incident” would also go unplayed for the rest of the tour and, save for its officially released one-off performance at Nassau Coliseum in 1980, wouldn’t appear again on E Street until 1999.

It speaks volumes that Atlanta 2 features “Meeting Across the River” into “Jungleland” AND “Incident on 57th Street” into “Rosalita.” That Double-Double only happened three times (the others being Palladium 9/17/78 and Capitol Theatre 9/21/78), all in the last 15 days of the original Darkness tour routing, a stretch that merits consideration as one of the best in Springsteen’s on-stage history.

“Rosalita” brings the night to crescendo, and the encore-opening trio of “Born to Run,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out,” and “Detroit Medley” is a flawless blast of joy from seven musicians in top form.

Before “Quarter to Three,” Bruce takes a minute to shout out several members of the crew by name, going out of his way to point out what they do so well and thanking them for their hard work. Bruce’s choice of “Quarter” as the presumptive final track of the tour is fitting. It’s a song he passionately loves; one that he knows will get the audience moving (“If you don’t dance to this, slap yourself in the face, you might be dead”); and a vehicle to allow the band to sing in full voice (they effectively take all the vocals from 2:30-3:20) for this raucous, ten-minute rendition. Crew, audience, and band, all given their due.

Eight years into the Live Archive series and 40 since I bought Piece de Resistance on the State of Washington’s dime, the thrill of hearing a vintage live recording in this quality for the first time hasn’t faded. Atlanta 10/1/78 is the great lost show of the Darkness tour.

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXX, September 30, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros, Spafford, Karina Rykman at Red Rocks, moe. and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Gotta Jibboo
    Trey Anastasio
    9/27/22 Garden City, ID
  2. Virtual Bean Dip
    Spafford
    9/23/22 Pawtucket, RI
  3. Dirty South
    Karina Rykman
    5/26/22 Morrison, CO
  4. Salt Creek
    Kitchen Dwellers
    9/24/22 Missoula, MT
  5. New & Improved
    Greensky Bluegrass
    9/18/22 Redondo Beach, CA
  6. The Road
    moe.
    9/23/22 Saint Helena, CA
  7. The Other One
    Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros
    5/1/22 Stanford, CA
  8. Bird Song
    Grateful Dead
    3/9/81 New York, NY

Grateful Dead announce Meet-Up At The Movies 2022: Copenhagen 4/17/72

Get your tickets now for the 2022 Meet-Up At The Movies

The Grateful Dead are bringing their live concert experience back to cinemas worldwide for the 2022 Meet-Up At The Movies.

In addition to today’s archive release of Madison Square Garden 1981,tickets are now on salefor this this year’s Grateful Dead Meet-Up At The Movies! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Europe ’72 tour, this year’s Meet-Up brings to the big screen the previously unreleased Tivoli Concert Hall performance from 4/17/72.

The sixth show on the Grateful Dead’s famous Europe ’72 tour was a return engagement to the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 17, 1972. This ground-breaking concert broadcast event was the Dead’s first major live concert broadcast, and a first in Danish television history. Now, fully restored and color corrected in High Definition with audio mixed from the 16-track analog master tapes by Jeffrey Norman and mastered by David Glasser, Tivoli 4/17/72 features nearly an hour and a half of the Grateful Dead at a peak of their performing career. The show’s many highlights include an overview of the Dead’s 1972 touring repertoire, including magnificent versions of “China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider”, “Big Railroad Blues”, “Truckin’”, and many more of the Dead’s classics, as well as the first live performance of “He’s Gone”, and other new songs including “Ramble on Rose”, “Jack Straw”, and “One More Saturday Night”. Pigpen, on what would prove to be his last tour with the Grateful Dead, is well-represented by three songs, including the broadcast’s opening number, “Hurts Me Too”.

The 2022 Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies is set to hit big screens worldwide on Tues., Nov. 1, with additional screenings across the U.S., Canada, and select territories on Sat., Nov. 5. Tickets can be purchased here.

Today’s archive release of MSG ’81 can be streamed here. The complete performance audio from 4/17/72 at Tivoli Concert hall can be streamed here.

Enjoy the music, and we’ll see you at the Movies!

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXIX, September 23, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Billy Strings, Greensky Bluegrass (w/ Holly Bowling), Jack White, Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Turmoil and Tinfoil
    Billy Strings
    9/18/22 Saratoga Springs, NY
  2. Living Over
    Greensky Bluegrass (w/ Holly Bowling)
    9/17/22 Morrison, CO
  3. Waves
    BIG Something (w/ Kanika Moore – Doom Flamingo)
    8/5/22 Martinsville, VA
  4. Hungry Like The Wolf
    Eggy
    9/10/22 Oak Bluffs, MA
  5. Walkin’ (For Your Love)
    Widespread Panic
    9/17/22 Oxon Hill, MD
  6. Come And Go Blues
    Gov’t Mule
    9/20/22 Oklahoma City, OK
  7. Seven Nation Army
    Jack White
    9/15/22 Louisville, KY
  8. Jellyfish
    The String Cheese Incident
    9/17/22 Santa Cruz, CA

Stream The Most Recent Drop of Exclusive Bruce Springsteen Shows

Start listening today with a free trial. The Live Bruce Springsteen catalog is available exclusively on nugs.net.

by Erik Flannigan, Bruce Springsteen Archivist

A fourth wave of Bruce Springsteen concert recordings arrives on nugs.net this September. Belmar is the latest monthly drop adding Springsteen’s Live Archive catalog to the streaming platform.

Belmar is anchored by five shows from the biggest tour of them all, Born in the U.S.A., including three 1984 arena performances in E. Rutherford, NJ and 1985 stadium gigs at Giants Stadium and the Coliseum in Los Angeles. Together they represent some of the most popular performances of Springsteen’s career, and feature not only songs from the chart-topping album, but powerful band performances of Nebraska material as well, including “Atlantic City,” “Highway Patrolman” and “Open All Night.”

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The 1984 New Jersey concerts were part of a ten-night stand at Brendan Byrne Arena, the finale to which was the legendary August 20 performance featuring a surprise cameo from Stevie Van Zandt, who had left the E Street Band at that point to pursue his solo career. He returns to share the microphone with Springsteen on an extraordinarily moving cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.”

Bruce wouldn’t tour again until 1988, but in 1986 he did make a special appearance at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert where he was joined by Nils Lofgren and Danny Federici. This unique set is also part of the Belmar drop and highlighted by the first ever acoustic performance of “Born in the U.S.A.”

To those six shows Belmar adds the complete North American leg of the 2016 River tour. These 38 concerts featured full-album performances of Springsteen’s 1980 double album The River, plus plenty more in the rest of the set, including choice River outtakes “Meet Me In The City,” “Be True,” “Loose Ends” and “Roulette” The passing of three music icons during the 2016 tour led to an equal number of stirring tribute performances. Opening night in Pittsburgh on January 16 it was “Rebel Rebel” to honor David Bowie. At the next show in Chicago on January 19, an acoustic take of The Eagles’ “Take It Easy” was performed to remember Glenn Frey. In late April, at the final dates in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Bruce and the band gave a triumphant reading of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

Erik Flannigan’s Belmar Compilation Album

  1. “Born in the U.S.A.” LA Coliseum, September 27, 1985
  2. “Atlantic City” Brendan Byrne Arena, August 6, 1984
  3. “Open All Night” Brendan Byrne Arena, August 6, 1984
  4. “Highway Patrolman” Brendan Byrne Arena, August 5, 1984
  5. “I’m Goin’ Down” Brendan Byrne Arena, August 20, 1984
  6. “Downbound Train” Giants Stadium, August 22, 1985
  7. “Drift Away ” Brendan Byrne Arena, August 20, 1984
  8. “Born in the U.S.A.” Shoreline Amphitheatre, October 13, 1986
  9. “Meet Me In The City” Madison Square Garden, January 27, 2016
  10. “Roulette” TD Garden, February 4, 2016
  11. “Be True” Times Union Center, February 8, 2016
  12. “Loose Ends” XL Center, February 10, 2016
  13. “Stolen Car” Blue Cross Arena, February 27, 2016
  14. “The Price You Pay” Sports Arena, March 19, 2016
  15. “Rebel Rebel” Consol Energy Center, January 16, 2016
  16. “Take It Easy” United Center, January 19, 2016
  17. “Purple Rain” Barclays Center, April 23, 2016

Note: These concerts are only available to U.S. and Canada subscribers, and can be streamed now with a free trial to nugs.net.

Erik Flannigan is a music archivist, producer, author and manager. He has been writing about Bruce Springsteen’s live performances and recordings for more than 30 years.

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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXVIII, September 16, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring soundboard recordings from moe., Billy Strings, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong featuring Jake Bernstein and Eggy, and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Blue Jeans Pizza
    moe.
    9/4/22 Lake George, NY
  2. Dance In The Desert
    Daniel Donato
    7/15/22 Bridgeport, CT
  3. Long Forgotten Dream
    Billy Strings
    9/13/22 Bridgeport, CT
  4. Worried About The Weather
    Greensky Bluegrass
    9/10/22 Chattanooga, TN
  5. Lightning
    Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (w/ Jake Bernstein, Eggy)
    9/10/22 Oak Bluffs, MA
  6. 2nd Self
    Umphrey’s McGee
    9/10/22 Bonner, MT
  7. Rockdale
    Orebolo
    9/7/22 Westport, CT

Edmonton 2007 Contains The Most Impressive Ten Song Run The White Stripes Ever Played

LISTEN NOW: Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB – June 30, 2007

Exclusive to nugs.net, this month’s Third Man Thursday release brings us The White Stripes June 30, 2007 performance from Edmonton. From archivist Ben Blackwell:

Another entry from the ’07 Icky Thump tour, the middle of this set features a mind-bending run of short, quick song teases all in a row (“I Think I Smell A Rat” to “Cannon” to “Wasting My Time” to “Screwdriver”) which lands directly on top of a stellar “The Union Forever.” From there, the combo of “Cannon / John The Revelator” melts effortlessly into “Little Room” which jumpstarts immediately into a frenetic “Hotel Yorba,” all followed up with a take on “I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman” that turns on a dime when Jack substitutes the lyrics to “Now Mary” while still playing the tune to “Gentlemen.” Which then morphs into a unique “The Denial Twist.” All that to say, for my money this is the most impressive ten song run I ever saw the White Stripes do.

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Setlist

Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
Icky Thump
When I Hear My Name
I’m Slowly Turning Into You
Effect And Cause
I Think I Smell A Rat (tease)
Cannon (tease)
Wasting My Time (tease)
Screwdriver (tease)
The Union Forever
Cannon / John The Revelator
Little Room
Hotel Yorba
I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman / Now Mary (medley)
The Denial Twist
Catch Hell Blues
A Martyr For My Love For You
In The Cold, Cold Night
Black Math
Passive Manipulation
We’re Going To Be Friends
You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)

Encore
Astro
Jack The Ripper
The Big Three Killed My Baby
Little Ghost
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known
Jolene
Ball And Biscuit
Seven Nation Army
Boll Weevil

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXVII, September 9, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring soundboard recordings from Goose at the Sacred Rose Festival, Orebolo’s first show of 2022, Yonder Mountain String Band and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Kill Devil Falls
    Phish
    9/3/22  Commerce City,CO

  2. Don’t Do It
    Goose (w/ Margot Price)
    8/27/22 Bridgeview, IL

  3. Hungersite
    Orebolo
    7/6/22 Beverly, MA

  4. F. U.
    Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
    9/2/22 Lake George, NY

  5. Damned If The Right One Didn’t Go Wrong
    Yonder Mountain String Band
    9/2/22 Gunnison, CO

  6. Divisions
    Umphrey’s McGee
    9/3/22 Oakland, CA

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XXVI, September 2, 2022

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring soundboard recordings from Widespread Panic’s 3 night run in Napa Valley, Kitchen Dwellers, Billy Strings and more. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app.

  1. Let It Rock
    Widespread Panic
    8/26/22 Napa, CA

  2. JaJunk
    Umphrey’s McGee
    8/27/22 Bridgeview, IL

  3. Run For the Roses
    Kitchen Dwellers
    8/28/22 Bridgeview, IL

  4. Magenta Mountain
    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
    6/17/22 Manchester, TN

  5. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
    Greensky Bluegrass
    8/27/22 Memphis, TN

  6. Fishing
    Billy Strings
    8/27/22 Tisbury, MA

  7. Casa Del Grillo
    Widespread Panic
    8/27/22 Napa, CA

  8. Animal
    Goose
    8/23/22 Stateline, NV

Bruce Springsteen and the Sessions Band, Rome, 10/10/2006

A Fresh Map That I Made

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen and the Sessions Band, Palalottomatica, Rome, Italy, October 10, 2006

By Erik Flannigan

There are few periods in the post-Reunion era as busy as 2005-2009, a five-year stretch that saw the release of four studio albums each with accompanying tours, surely none more fun for Bruce Springsteen himself than 2006’s sojourn in support of The Seeger Sessions.

It’s easy to think of Springsteen’s work with the Sessions Band as an isolated outlier, but listening to Rome 10/10/06, the third release from the tour in the Live Archive series, there’s a case for it as the meaningful bridge between Devils & Dust (released in 2005) and Magic (2007), as well as a precursor to the extended band line-up we saw on Wrecking Ball in 2012.

Of the Seeger Sessions Tour’s three legs, two of them were in Europe — that reflected how this rootsy style of music was embraced more wholeheartedly there than it was in the States, which seemed to respond with a collective, “If it isn’t solo and it isn’t with the E Street Band, then what is it?”

What “it” is, of course, is a survey of American roots music, centered around the folk movement with forays into blues, jazz, and country, as well as an alternate reading of some of Springsteen’s own music through that same lens.

The Rome audience could not be more welcoming to the set-opening “John Henry,” which gets the show off to a rollicking start. It’s clear the crowd is well familiar with the Seeger Sessions album and, better still, recognizes that the type of music, presented by a band of this scale, demands their participation, which only feeds Springsteen all the more. Happy fans, happy band.

Rome eats up stellar renditions of the core Seeger Sessions material, singing along in full voice to “Old Dan Tucker,” chanting their approval of the horn section, clapping in unison after “Erie Canal,” and embracing the call-and-response of “Pay Me My Money Down.” If you ever needed confirmation of the role an audience plays in the concert dynamic, Rome 10/10/06 is the proof.

The fans’ recognition of Springsteen originals is equally impressive, getting “All the Way Home” straight off the opening chords, then singing the chorus well after the band stops playing. The arrangement of “All the Way Home” is relatively faithful to the Devils & Dust studio version though enhanced by the big band, especially Marty Rifkin’s lyrical pedal-steel solo. The song was only played three times on the 2006 tour and hasn’t been played since, making it a vital inclusion here.

Elsewhere one has to marvel at the rearrangements of classic cuts of the canon. “Atlantic City” started life as a high, lonesome folk song on Nebraska, became an electrified pile-driver with the E Street Band, and transforms yet again into a widescreen murder ballad with the Sessions Band. This reading of “Atlantic City” has the fastest tempo of the three arrangements, a storming pace that belies the song’s somber subject matter, which is reflected tonally in the guitar, organ and vocal parts. The contrast is compelling.

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen and the Sessions Band, Palalottomatica, Rome, Italy, October 10, 2006

Springsteen changes his vocal inflections and cadence in a striking interpretation of “The River,” which adopts gospel and even waltzing Tejano notes. The story remains the same, but the metaphor of the river itself gains stature and turns the song into more of a parable than ever before.

The most E Street moment of the night is “Long Time Comin’,” another D&D track that hews to the original album structure only to be supercharged by the horn section and wonderful organ work from Charlie Giordano. “Long Time Comin’” is SUCH a tremendous band song, it’s bewildering it only made four setlists with the E Street Band post-Sessions, especially gIven the horns-and-singers lineup that debuted in 2006 was essentially recreated for the Wrecking Ball tour.

The last two originals of the night show the incredible range of the 2006 band. “Open All Night” is recast as a swing-jazz jumper in the style of “Pennsylvania 6-5000.” “Ramrod,” led by Girodano’s accordion, finds these immensely talented musicians channeling Los Lobos with verdadero estilo.

To the core Seeger Sessions tracks and E Street redux, Bruce adds a few choice covers, the most notable being one of only ten performances of “Long Black Veil,” written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wikin, and covered by countless country artists including Johnny Cash.

Bruce and the band turn this stark infidelity ballad (a touchstone, lyrically, for Springsteen’s own “Nebraska”) into a sweeping epic that borrows some of its arrangement gravitas from, of all things, Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away,” a song famously covered by Springsteen and the E Street Band in 1984 with Little Steven. On this night, Marc Anthony Thompson trades verses and lines with Springsteen in a striking performance that is a welcome addition to the Live Archive catalog.

A belissimo Roma evening comes to an close with “American Land,” born of the Sessions Band and later fully embraced by the E Street Band on tours ever after. In front of what had to be among the most appreciative audiences of the entire tour, Bruce Springsteen and his Sessions Band show their virtuosity and interpretive prowess, and in the process draft a blueprint for what Springsteen would do on stage just a few years later.