Live in Concert: Bruce Springsteen @the Meadowlands 1981
Hear a hometown show from the legendary Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band this week on Live in Concert.
James Brown is known as "the Hardest Working Man in Show Business," but Bruce Springsteen almost stole that title from him in the '80s. Bruce and the E Street Band concerts became marathon workouts, lasting several hours. This week on Live in Concert, we'll hear a sliver of a show recorded on hometown turf in New Jersey. The first show of The River tour was at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor on October 3, 1981 (who was there), and the final leg included six nights at the Meadowlands- the first events at this brand new arena. We'll hear the last night of that run- it was a legendary performance captured live on July 9th, 1981.
All of the early Springsteen favorites are in the set as the Boss, and the E Streeters: Clarence Clemons, Steven Van Zandt, Roy Bittan, Danny Federici, Gary Tallent and Max Weinberg open our show with "Thunder Road" before launching into "Trapped," "Out in the Streets" and "Badlands"- and that's just the first set.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are also featured this week on Live in Concert with a few songs from the Mojo tour I saw at the Palace of Auburn Hills back in 2010. It was my only experience seeing Petty live, and I loved it and wish I could see him again someday. The Steve Miller Band from their prime in 1976 are also on the bill and Santana from the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, recorded July 2, 2011.
Live concerts have not returned to stages yet, but we've got classic shows from the vault for you every Saturday night at 8 on RKR.
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