A River Story

It all started on November 27, 1980
Thanksgiving night.
My best friend and I were bored so we decided to take a train from New Hyde Park in Long Island to New York to see Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at Madison Square Garden for one his River tour concerts.
We only had $35 between us but figured that should be enough to get us two tickets. Boy were we wrong! The prices were high and the scalpers laughed at our low offers. Finally the show started and we weren’t in, YET… So we figured one more walk around The Garden and then we’d head on home. Just as we were about to give up a scalper agreed to sell us 2 lodge seats for $35.
Not a favor, more like the scalper thought they were now worthless.
We raced in like we just got tix via a Willy Wonka candy bar. Big smiles, and we ran up the escalators. A few security guards yelled “slow down!” But we keep on going.
We had great seats, first level by the stage. Bruce & The E St Band were amazing. We stood on our seats, danced and during the quiet songs sat on the edge of our seats. It was fun and sad to hear Bruce speak about the memories of his father. The worst was pouring his heart out about his dad disliking him. It seemed to us that most fans did not feel his sadness. Many cheered as Bruce shed a few tears.
The rest of the show was upbeat, a bit preachy and a religious experience.
A down right addictive drug!
When the show finally ended we swore we would be back the next night and escape life for 3 more hours with reverend Bruce.  Before the November 28th show my art major friend decided she could copy a Bruce Springsteen Tour ‘Working Pass’ so we would definitely be at both shows in December. We kept stopping MSG arena personnel to get a closer look out their pass so she could make us our own.

Authentic Madison Square Garden Pass, River Tour 1980

Phoney Madison Square Garden Pass, River Tour 1980

They came out great! The hardest part would be getting in. So, on December 18, my fellow Bruce tramp and I get on line at the VIP guest door. In front of us are David Lee Roth and his date. It was exciting and very nerve racking.
We approach a lady with a clipboard and she asks, “Who gave you those passes?” Shaking in my boots I blurt out “My dad is the president of IBM!” She waved us in and we shared the elevator ride with David Lee Roth and his friend. That in itself was exciting beyond words to me as I am a major Van Halen fan!
Then the elevator stops and the doors open. We went straight to the seating area and walked around the Garden.

I believe we sat in the guest seats for half of the show and then walked backstage without being questioned by anyone. I noticed a tent area and behind a bar was Keith Richards. I was fine to stay put there. My friend made a beeline straight to the restricted area for band members only. We did see Bruce drying his head with a towel and go into his dressing room. Just then we were caught! Security was called and over the P.A. we heard repeated a few times “I need back up to escort two out of the building.” It was a total walk of shame.
Strange thing was as we were being escorted out, promoter Bill Graham was standing right there and invited us back in. I recognized him from being a big  Grateful Dead fan. It was a total pinch me I’m dreaming moment. So there we are back in the guest section to enjoy the rest of the show.  What a thrilling way to end an incredible evening.
I’ve seen Bruce and the E Street Band many more times and paid for every single ticket.

I’m still a huge  Bruce Springsteen fan and have my own fan group called “Boss Talk” on Facebook and Twitter.
To quote Bruce, “Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night”
Thank you Bruce!

Laura Balducci
Boss Talk on Facebook – https://www.Facebook.com/Boss-Talk-134936333218685/

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Fourth Annual Bruce Springsteen Holiday Gift Guide – 2015

Fourth Annual Bruce Springsteen Holiday Gift Guide – 2015
Original list inspiration by Pete Chianca – Blogness on the Edge of Town

If you’re anything like me, it’s never too late to start thinking about holiday gift shopping. Let’s face it, it’s just easier continuing to sit here, watching football, hockey, basketball, tweeting, checking your FB page… But gifts must be got at some point, and if there’s a Springsteen fan on your list, you could do a lot worse than any of the items listed below:


By far, the most anticipated holiday offering this season is the Ties that Bind, The River Collection,
Bruce Springsteen Box Set.


Here is what the box includes:

• 52 tracks on 4 CDs (12 are previously unreleased)
• 4 hours of video including: 2.5 hours live concert, 1 hour new documentary, rehearsal footage
• 200 never-before seen photos
• Lyric booklet for unreleased tracks

The audio pieces are The River album + the original The River: Single Album, which was what producer, Jon Landau initially delivered to Columbia before Bruce went back and recorded further material. The River, Springsteen’s fifth album, was released on October 17, 1980 as a double album and reached 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The River: Single Album is the 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978s Darkness On The Edge Of Town but never released. In addition, the package also includes a 22-track CD of audio outtakes from the recording sessions including 12 previously unreleased songs.

The visual aspect of the box set includes a 60 minute documentary (more info below), a live concert from The River Tour and in-studio rehearsal footage. Additionally, there is a beautiful book accompaniment that features 200 never-seen-before photographs documenting the making of the album with captions from Bruce in his handwriting. There is a lyric book addition to the unreleased tracks of the Outtakes Album plus “Cindy,” an unreleased track from The River: Single Album. The lyric book will also include a new essay written by famous music writer, Mikal Gilmore.

The Ties That Bind is a brand new 60-minute documentary produced and directed by Thom Zimny. The documentary features an intimate interview with Springsteen as he reflects on the tumultuous, extended period writing and recording The River. The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music — and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances — interspersed with period concert footage and rare photos of Bruce and the band in and out of the studio.


Performers at the 16th annual edition of LOD will include Steve Forbert, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Willie Nile and Band, James Maddock and Band, Jesse Malin and Band, Jill Hennessey, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, Milly, Marc Ribler & Friends, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, Dramarama, the Billy Hector Band, the Beach Nuts, the Billy Walton Band, Bruce Tunkel and The Red House, Garland Jeffreys, Slim Chance and The Gamblers, The Sandy Mack Allstars, and Sonny Kenn.

As usual, Bruce Springsteen is not among the confirmed acts. But keep in mind that he has performed at the main Light of Day concert in 12 of the last 15 years.
This year’s main concert takes place Jan. 16, 2016 at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre. Here is a partial schedule, with lineups for individual shows to be confirmed.
For complete information, visit Lightofday.org or ticketmaster.com.

JAN. 15
“Asbury Angels Induction” at Stone Pony
TBA at House of Independents.
“Rock Heavy” at The Saint.
Open Mic at Wonder Bar.
“100 Years of Broadway” at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.
“Late Night Friday” at Langosta Lounge.
TBA at Paramount Theatre

JAN. 16
“Main Event” at Paramount Theatre.
“Rock” at The Saint.
TBA at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.
“Late Night Saturday” at Langosta Lounge.
TBA at House of Independents.
“Asbury Blues,” noon at Wonder Bar.
“Ful Tilt Boogie Bash,” 7 p.m. at Wonder Bar.
“Asbury Underground” crawl in downtown Asbury Park.

JAN. 17
“Songwriters by the Sea Boardwalk Crawl” at Watermark, Langosta Lounge and Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.
“Kids’ Rock” at Stone Pony.
“Musicians on a Mission,” noon at The Saint.
“Last Note,” 7:30 p.m. at The Saint.

JAN. 18
“Goodbye Brunch” at Toast. 


The Light in Darkness, Lawrence Kirsch’s collection of Springsteen fan stories and amazing photos from the 1978 Darkness tour, has less than 35 copies left available in its limited edition. Lawrence’s previous Springsteen book, For You Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans, is sold out.

“You might not know where to begin to get the perfect gift for the Springsteen fan in your life. You cannot do better than The Light in Darkness book”. ~ David Lifton  UltimateClassicRock.com

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1975Treasure trove of BTR-era photos 
The photography of Barbara Pyle is already familiar to many Springsteen fans and Backstreets readers: you’ve seen her images in both the 1989 and 1992 editions of the Backstreets books, in Talk About a Dream, and certainly, thanks to her kindness and love for the Big Man, all over the Clarence Clemons tribute issue.
But you’ve never seen this much of it. Packed with more than 150 color and black-and-white photographs, many of them never published, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 1975 is a jewel of a hardback celebrating the 40th of anniversary of Born to Run. Order your copy from Backstreets.com

And of course we recommend Peter Chianca’s Glory Days: Springsteen’s Greatest Albums — granted it’s hard to wrap because it’s an eBook, but you can always get it as a treat for yourself, a steal at only $2.30 on Amazon!

Christopher Phillips is the editor of Backstreets magazine and web master of go-to fansite Backstreets.com, and his collaborator Louis P. Masur is an American Studies professor at Rutgers, NJ and author of Runaway Dream, one of the best of the recent slew of Springsteen books.
Talk About A Dream, their collection of interviews with Bruce Springsteen draws from his four-decade career. Most of Talk’s 428 pages contain material unique to the volume, all of it revealing, much of it absolutely essential. You don’t have to get further than page 30 for evidence: That’s where you’ll find “The Lost Interviews” from 1975, a series of sit-downs with European press that were locked in a vault for years; they were excerpted in Backstreets magazine in the ‘90s but never published in full, until now.It’s a loss that needed to be rectified: Catching Springsteen on the cusp of his first major success, it cements themes and attitudes he would go back to again and again during his career. Using primarily Springsteen’s own words pays big dividends, and not just because fans will be able to hear his Jersey cadences and full-throated laugh in their heads as they go. He’s remarkably open and thoughtful, and you can see him gradually building and shaping the themes and concerns that have marked his career: his responsibility to the audience, the forces that drive his writing — from the psychological to the sociological — and the fact that he takes his job deadly seriously, no matter how much fun it is.


You can’t go wrong with a Springsteen painting. Or maybe you can. But we prefer photographic imagery for our walls, visit RoccosPhototavern.com, featuring some of the best Bruce Springsteen concert shots this side of the Mississippi. And be sure to say hello to Rocco for us.


An on line store featuring hand crafted wristbands, Brucelets, necklaces and key chains made special by adding a date of your choice. And new at BruceBuds, fantastic pewter wristbands available in various crystals, colours and sizes.

These beautiful leather cuffs are embellished with either Brucebuds, Born To Run or E Street Nation. And if that is not enough, discover the BruceBuds Pin Badge Bundle:Pin 1: Round standard pin badge with a diameter of 32mm with the Brucebuds “Born To Run” logo. Pin 2: hand made Pewter “The Boss” Pin badge with two fixings – See the whole range at: BruceBuds.



From the Emily McDowell Studio.

- 11oz ceramic mug
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
- Comes boxed for easy gifting (or keeping)
- Design is printed on both sides of mug

Not technically a Bruce item, but it works, n’est pas?


Bruce Springsteen – One Night in 1978
Patrick Harbron

• ‘One Night In 1978’ is a limited photo edition of 50 box sets and 2 artist’s proofs.
• Each contains six (6) different – 9”x12”, 310 gsm archival prints, signed and numbered
• They are made from high resolution scans of the original film negatives.
• Four of the six photographs were recently discovered files.
• The cloth covered box is hand made specifically for this edition by Samantha Couture of Fly Leaf Bindery.

For more information and to order:  Darkness on the Edge of Town- One Night in 1978
Pat Harbron took these photographs on the ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ tour in Toronto, Ontario at Maple Leaf Gardens / Concert Bowl on November 16, 1978.

All images copyright Patrick Harbron


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Bruce Springsteen – Ramrod (The River Tour, Tempe 1980)

“Ramrod” from the Tempe 1980 concert film, newly produced from footage professionally filmed on four cameras and recorded in multitrack audio. The concert film features 24 songs — 2 hours, 40 minutes — on 2 DVDs , and is included in The Ties That Bind:The River Collection.

Limited Edition Bruce Springsteen book, The Light in Darkness.
IF you have ever considered buying this book, Now is the time.
The book focuses on Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce’s iconic 4th album
and 1978 tour. Jam packed with over 100 fan stories and 200 original classic
photos from the 1978 tour, including a full 16 pages dedicated to the 1978 Cleveland
Agora concert, this book is a must have.
With less than 40 copies left, now is the time to order this collectible book.
And to sweeten the offer, we are offering savings on Shipping anywhere in the
world. The perfect gift for the Springsteen fan in your life.
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Bruce Springsteen’s Video Archivist Breaks Down Huge New ‘River’ Box Set

New Bruce Springsteen "The River" Box Set

In July 1981, Thom Zimny went to the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey and saw Bruce Springsteen in concert for the first time. The venue had just opened its doors to the public, and Springsteen stopped by to kick off the final leg of his River world tour. “I can still remember the arc of the show,” Zimny says. “It had quiet moments, but also celebrations.”

Two decades later, Zimny began working with Springsteen when he edited his Live in New York City HBO special, and since then has directed in-depth documentaries about the making of Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town. His latest project is Ties That Bind: The River Collection, an upcoming box set featuring a new documentary about the making of The River, a concert shot in Tempe, Arizona, in 1980 and footage of the band rehearsing.

Limited edition Bruce Springsteen book, The Light in Darkness.
IF you have ever considered buying this book, Now is the time.
The book focuses on Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce’s iconic 4th album
and 1978 tour. Jam packed with over 100 fan stories and 200 original classic
photos from the 1978 tour, this book is a must have.
With less than 40 copies left, now is the time to order this collectible book.
And to sweeten the offer, we are offering Savings on Shipping anywhere in the
Save Now- Order Your Copy Here: The Light in Darkness

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Libro de Bruce Springsteen
Edición Limitada para fans del Boss.
El libro contiene más de 200 fotos inéditas del año en el que el “Darkness on the Edge of Town”
consagró a Bruce ‪Springsteen‬. En el libro, un homenaje al Boss y a aquellos días sin limusinas ni jets privados en que uno podía darle la mano sin tener que chocar con guardaespaldas…
compre aquí: The Light in Darkness

Libro Bruce Springsteen "The Light in Darkness"

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