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Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert Review

Bruuuuuuuuce.

Restored in HD with remastered and remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (which sounds fantastic), “Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert” is a 90 minute concert movie that combines footage from the Sept. 21st and 22nd performances from Madison Square Garden in New York in 1979. The 13 track setlist (which features 10 never before released tracks) includes: 1. Prove It All Night 2. Badlands 3. The Promised Land 4. The River 5. Sherry Darling 6. Thunder Road 7. Jungleland 8. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 9. Born To Run 10. Stay (with Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Rosemary Butler) 11. Detroit Medley 12. Quarter To Three 13. Rave On

If you’ve never seen The Boss live before or have yet to hear or see one of his concerts, “Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert” is a great starting point. For decades now, Springsteen has been known for his electric live shows and this concert release certainly backs up that hype. It’s a joy to witness the crazy energy levels that Springsteen has on stage. Whether he’s dancing, shredding on the electric guitar, wailing on a harmonica, dishing out some humor or doing a stage slide, the musician puts on one hell of a show from start to finish. Of course, his bandmates Gary Tallent, Max Weinberg, Dan Federici, Steven Van Zandt (AKA Little Stevie) and especially The Big Man Clarence Clemons are brilliant musicians and showmen in their own right. This is especially evident during a track like “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” which shows the bond between Springsteen and Clemons alongside their supreme talent as a rock and roll band.

The show is filled with highlights, but moments that stuck out to me personally are Clemons’ solo on “Jungleland,”Springsteen’s impassioned rendition of “The River” and the all-star performance of “Stay” with music legends Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and Rosemary Butler. Really though, the entire show delivers what we now know is one of the peak Springsteen eras.

My only complaint with this concert movie is why both shows just weren’t released in full. Yes, the setlists are nearly identical, but so what? I think the fans who are already interested in this release would have been on board to see two concerts in full.

“Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert” can be purchased digitally November 16. It is available for rent digitally November 23. The CD and Vinyl release is Nov. 19.

November 8, 2021 - Posted by | Movie Review | ,

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