Live Archives • May 1, 2020
Brendan Byrne ’81
Summer Tour ’81 was a U.S. victory lap that marked Springsteen’s triumphant return from Europe. It began with the christening of the new Brendan Byrne Arena in NJ. East Rutherford 7/9/81 is the final show of the six-night stand and catches Bruce and the band at a River tour performance peak. The set list mixes riveting new songs and a summer Shore party including “Follow That Dream,” “Trapped,” “Johnny Bye Bye,” “The Ties That Bind,” “Sherry Darling” “Jersey Girl” the “Detroit Medley” featuring “Shake” and “Sock It To Me, Baby,” plus a guest appearance by Gary U.S. Bonds for “This Little Girl” and “Jolé Blon.” All net proceeds from the sale of this show will be donated to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.