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.
Newly Added Live Shows
- 2016/08/23 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
- 2016/08/25 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
- 2016/08/28 United Center, Chicago, IL
- 2016/08/30 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
- 2016/09/01 Nationals Park, Washington, DC
- 2016/09/05 Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater At Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
- 2016/09/07 Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
- 2016/09/09 Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
- 2016/09/11 Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
- 2016/09/14 Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
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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