Bruce Springsteen has released a new live album Streets of Philadelphia recorded during The Boss’ 1999 visit to the city, performing at Philly’s First Union Center.
The has long been a favourite for keen bootleggers among his fanbase but now The Boss has had his say and the record is being officially released and is the perfect antidote to the lack of live music.(faroutmagazine)
The album is named after the song Springsteen wrote for the Tom Hanks film Philadelphia and is available for purchase from his website.
The title track of the album is a rarely played gem form Springsteen and his legendary E Street Band. But the singer naturally gives a welcome run out for the song while in the city.
The band also join The Boss at the recording of Streets of Philadelphia which was captured during the last night of Springsteen’s six-night residency in 1999.
Rarely performed songs ‘Incident on 57th Street’ ‘The Fever,’ and ‘Blinded by the Light’ are given a run out on the album as well as Boss favourites like ‘Born To Run’ and ‘Thunder Road’.
Listen to the live version of ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ from 1999 below.
Find out on the new series, “What’s Up on E Street?”, presented by the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University, and debuting 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7 with guest, and E Street Band member, Nils Lofgren.
Lofgren is interviewed by the music historian Bob Santelli, and the two will talk of coping in the world of COVID-19.(eu.app.com)
“Like all musicians, the COVID crisis has had its impact on me, and my entire family, not just as a member of the E Street Band, but also as an American,” said Lofgren in a statement provided by the Archives. “It’s important that the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music capture this moment in our nation’s history. Years from now, ‘What’s Up on E Street?’ will help tell the story of these trying times.”
E Street Band pianist Roy Bittan will be interviewed next.
“’What’s Up on E Street?’ is an attempt to capture a bit of contemporary history, namely how E Street Band members have been coping with the COVID pandemic,” said Santelli, the creator of the series, in a statement. “All of our lives have been affected by this terrible disease. To document its impact on Springsteen and the E Street Band is just one of the Archives’ many responsibilities.”
Lofgren is a long-time member of the E Street Band who’s also played with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and his own band, Grin. His Grin and solo classics include “Cry Tough,” “Keith Don’t Go,” “Shine Silently,” “White Lies” and “I Came to Dance.”
Fans can listen to “What’s Up on E Street?” via the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music website or the Springsteen Archives’ Facebook page. The Archives recently debuted “Soundstage,” another new monthly series. The premier episode, now available at the website and Facebook page, features former E Street Band member David Sancious.
Fans, scholars, authors, and others with a serious interest in the life and career of Springsteen can access the Archives by appointment only. Contact Eileen Chapman at 732-571-3512 or email@example.com.
The 30th of May, in an empty Fenway Park, the Boston roots-punk band played the first great rock show of the pandemic era, with help from Springsteen
With eight musicians in their current touring incarnation — bagpiper very much included — Boston roots-punk gods the Dropkick Murphys are one of the only bands who practically qualify as a mass gathering in their own right.(Rolling Stone)
But with their Streaming Outta Fenway show Friday night, they managed to put on the loudest, most joyful show of the pandemic era — with help from Bruce Springsteen — while adhering with admirable strictness to social-distancing guidelines. All it took was an eerily empty Fenway Park, a few cameras (most of them on flying drones), and a work-from-home rock legend joining in from the studio on his New Jersey farm.
“It’s just the Dropkick Murphys here, sneaking into Fenway for a little concert,” Casey said. The band played a full-length set, from the excellent new Clash tribute “Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding” to a blazing “Amazing Grace” to the inevitable “Shipping Out to Boston.” Towards the end, Casey asked, “Is New Jersey in the house?” and there was Springsteen on the Diamond Vision screen, ready for his first plugged-in, full-band performance since the pandemic began.
There will, however, be one very important guest joining the band on the Boston Red Sox’s home turf, or at least on the big screen overhead: Bruce Springsteen is on board for a song swap-off.
Springsteen played the first-ever full Fenway Park concert in 2003. The following year, during the regular Red Sox season, the Dropkick Murphys debuted their song “Tessie,” which honors a local diehard Sox fan. That year the Curse of the Bambino was broken and the Sox won the World Series.
Springsteen and Scialfa later performed “Jersey Girl,” which concluded with the Boss hugging Scialfa. “My Jersey girl,” Springsteen said.