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Bruce Springsteen releases legendary 1980 Nassau Coliseum show

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The latest release as part of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's ongoing vintage concert series is yet another famed New Year’s Eve gig. Following last month’s Tower Theatre, Philadelphia 1975 digital release is the new Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980, featuring “The Boss'” legendary December 31st, 1980 concert at the venue. The entire show is available for download now at http://live.brucespringsteen.net, with CD’s beginning to ship on April 25th.

The New Year’s Eve concert was recorded via the Record Plant Remote by Toby Scott and assisted by David Bianco and Jim Scott. The recording wad mixed from the multitrack reels by Toby Scott at Springsteen’s Thrill Hill studio in March 2015.

Bruce Springsteen admitted that his long hours honing his skills on stage — both before he was famous and beyond — along with his love for classic '60s singles have enabled him to deliver, what he calls "showtime" to people all across the globe: "It was romantic, because I grew up on the great romanticism of the Drifters and the (Phil) Spector records, and Ben E. King and that whole generation of beautiful romance that was in those songs. And then we were brought up. . . because we played in bars night after night — y'know, you had to have something that caught people immediately, and all of those devices, the use of dynamics, the use of long songs that built, an built, and built really came out of a lot of those soul reviews. And, y'know, we remain, sort of, y'know, a highfalutin bar band."

The tracklist to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 is:

Set One: “Night,” “Prove It All Night,” “Spirit In The Night,” “Darkness On The Edge Of Town,” “Independence Day,” “Who'll Stop The Rain,” “This Land Is Your Land,” “The Promised Land,” “Out In The Street,” “Racing In The Street,” “The River,” “Badlands,” and “Thunder Road.”

Set Two: “Cadillac Ranch,” “Sherry Darling,” “Hungry Heart,” “Merry Christmas, Baby," “Fire,” “Candy's Room,” “Because The Night,” “Fourth Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” “Rendezvous,” “Fade Away,” “The Price You Pay,” “Wreck On The Highway,” “Two Hearts,” “Ramrod,” “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch),” “Held Up Without A Gun,” “In The Midnight Hour,” “Auld Lang Syne,” and “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight).”

Encores: “Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town,” “Jungleland,” “Born To Run,” “Detroit Medley,” “Twist And Shout,” and “Raise Your Hand.”

In Other Springsteen Related News:

Original E Street Band drummer Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez is the subject of a new multimedia exhibit at the Where Music Lives Gallery in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Backstreets.com posted that the show, The Life & Times Of Vini Lopez, starts today (March 27th) and runs through June 14th. The exhibit features “photos, video and memorabilia, (celebrating) the 40-plus year career of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who has been a cornerstone of the Asbury Park music scene since the late 1960s.”

Lopez also shares personal recollections of his early days drumming on the shore with Springsteen in such legendary bands as Child, Steel Mill, Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom, the Bruce Springsteen Band — along with the early years of the E Street Band, including his work on Springsteen’s first two albums.

We asked Vini Lopez about one of his and Springsteen’s most beloved Steel Mill songs — “Garden State Parkway Blues” — a multi-part stage vehicle that usually clocked in at around the half-hour mark on any given night. Lopez recalled the band’s infamous May 23rd, 1970 gig in Richmond, Virginia in which the song actually landed “Mad Dog” behind bars: “It was the longest song we did. We used to close, y’know, the night with that. We started playing that song one night — we’re supposed to stop at midnight — and we’re about halfway through the song at midnight (and) we didn’t stop. So they pulled the power out; there problem with that is, I didn’t use any power, I just played drums (laughs) so I kept going. And then the power came back on so we played as little more. And then the power went off again and I kept playing the drums, ‘cause we’re at Virginia Commonwealth University gymnasium with 3,000 people in there. So finally (Steel Mill manager) Tinker (West) gets a big, long extension cord and runs it across the street to a fraternity house, plugs in it the wall, everything comes back on, we play till the end of the song. When the song was over, we were done and (laughs) I got arrested while I was comin’ off the stage for 'inciting a riot' (laughs).”

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