The conquering heroes return. At the height of the Born In The U.S.A. tour, Bruce and the E Street Band come home to New Jersey for a six-show stand at Giants Stadium. The 8/22/85 performance delivers large-format editions of ten songs from the album, including “I’m Going Down,” “Working On The Highway,” “Glory Days,” “Downbound Train” and the title track, along with “Seeds,” “Atlantic City,” “Trapped” “Pink Cadillac,” “Cadillac Ranch” and “This Land Is Your Land.” Making the fourth show even more special, Stevie Van Zandt joins for a memorable encore of “Two Hearts,” “Ramrod,” “Twist And Shout-Do You Love Me?,” “Jersey Girl,” and the party-ending “Sherry Darling.”
Bruce Springsteen and President Barack Obama will release RENEGADES: Born in the USA globally on October 26. The book features a collection of candid, intimate, and entertaining conversations between President Obama and Bruce.
RENEGADES: Born in the USA chronicles the conversations Obama and Springsteen began in Spotify’s co-produced podcast of the same name, which is one of the most internationally listened-to podcasts on the Spotify platform. During these intimate conversations, they share exclusive stories and ruminations about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions. Published in an oversized, fully illustrated format, RENEGADES also features rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal collections and never-before-seen archival material, including Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics and Obama’s annotated speeches, offering a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—who have helped shape the American story.
Over a number of days, President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen sat down to talk. From disparate backgrounds and lived experiences, they would seem to have little in common. But as President Obama shares in the opening pages of RENEGADES:
“Over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility. About work, about family, and about America. In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much. Trying to chronicle the stories of its people. Looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning and truth and community with the larger story of America.”
In RENEGADES: Born in the USA, readers are invited to sit alongside these two longtime friends, in a recording studio stocked with dozens of guitars and during at least one Corvette ride, as they discuss marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home, some of the most inspiring American heroes of all time, and music. . . . They talk a lot about music.
Along the way, they reveal their passion for—and the occasional toll of—telling a bigger, truer story about America throughout their careers and explore how our fractured country might begin to find its way back toward unity.
As Springsteen shares in his introduction to RENEGADES:
“There were serious conversations about the fate of the country, the fortune of its citizens, and the destructive, ugly, corrupt forces at play that would like to take it all down. This is a time of vigilance when who we are is being seriously tested. Hard conversations about who we are and who we want to become can perhaps serve as a small guiding map for some of our fellow citizens. . . . This is a time for serious consideration of who we want to be and what kind of country we will leave our children. Will we let slip through our hands the best of us or will we turn united to face the fire? Within this book you won’t find the answers to those questions, but you will find a couple of seekers doing their best to get us to ask better questions.”
And as President Obama writes, “the conversations Bruce and I had in 2020 feel as urgent today as they did back then. They represent our ongoing effort to figure out how it is that we got here, and how we can tell a more unifying story that starts to close the gap between America’s ideals and its reality.”
See more about the book and pre-order now at renegadesbook.com.
Sony Music Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of a new Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band film, “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts.” A composite of two performances shot during the 1979 MUSE benefit concerts, popularly known as the ‘No Nukes’ concerts, the film will give audiences around the world the chance to witness performances that marked the rise of the future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Very little filmed footage of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band is available from this era, so “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” is a rare opportunity to see the band — just six years into their story –- give an explosive performance that became an instant classic. “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” features remixed and remastered audio and was edited from the original 16mm film by longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny. Sony Music’s Premium Content Division is handling global distribution and the film will be released later this year.
Springsteen On Broadway returned this weekend, ushering in the grand re-opening of the Great White Way. Considering the global events of the last two years since the show closed, the return of Springsteen On Broadway features several new reflections from Bruce. Read more about opening night in these great features, including new interviews with Bruce himself and Jon Landau.
Photo by Rob Demartin.
The earliest show on the Darkness tour to be released in the Archive Series, Berkeley 7/1/78 bristles with energy on songs like “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” and “Adam Raised A Cain,” along with “Night” and “For You,” both of which featured in the early months of the ’78 tour. A memorable encore opens with Bruce’s definitive solo-piano arrangement of “The Promise”, the first live version of the song to be released from 1978, and offers only the second E Street Band performance ever of “Because The Night,” with alternate lyrics.