Posted in music on March 16, 2012

by Andrew Frisicano

Bruce Springsteen @ Moody Theater/ACL Live/SXSW 2012 (via)
Bruce Springsteen

On Thursday night (3/15), Bruce Springsteen played Austin's Moody Theater with a packed lineup of guests. He brought out the show's opener Alejandro Escovedo, as well as Jimmy Cliff, Eric Burdon of the Animals, Tom Morello, and Régine Chassagne and Win and Will Butler from the Arcade Fire, the Low Anthem and Joe Ely. Check out a video of the set-closing cover of "This Land Is Your Land."

That show was in addition to the SXSW keynote speech, which he gave earlier in the day and which you can see below and stream at NPR.

Like the Apollo Theatre gig on March 9th, the show's capacity was quite a bit less than Bruce's usual stadium-sized tour dates, which start Sunday, March 18th.

You can see Alejandro Escovedo several more time at SXSW, including today (3/16) at the Jackalope.

Videos and set list from SXSW below...

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - "This Land Is Your Land" (Woody Guthrie cover) (via Consequence of Sound)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - "This Land Is Your Land" (Woody Guthrie cover) from Consequence of Sound on Vimeo.

Bruce Springsteen at the Moddy Theater/ACL Live March 15, 2012 (via Setlist.fm)
I Ain't Got No Home (Woody Guthrie cover)
We Take Care Of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
Badlands
Death to My Hometown (With Tom Morello)
My City of Ruins
Seeds
The E Street Shuffle
Jack of All Trades (With Tom Morello)
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
The Ghost of Tom Joad (With Tom Morello)
The Rising
We Are Alive
Thunder Road

Encore:
Rocky Ground (With Michelle Moore)
Land of Hope and Dreams
The Harder They Come (jimmy Cliff cover) (With Jimmy Cliff)
Time Will Tell (With Jimmy Cliff)
Many Rivers to Cross (With Jimmy Cliff)
We've Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Animals cover) (With Eric Burdon)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie cover) (with Joe Ely, Arcade Fire, Alejandro Escovedo, Tom Morello and Garland Jeffreys)
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Comments (65)

holy crap i would bang the shit out of that chick

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 1:08 PM

Rocky Ground is the worst song he's ever written.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 1:09 PM

man, bruce sucks now....

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 1:11 PM

108 FTW

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 1:27 PM

Insufferable, totally
But what I really want to know is
What does Matt think about all this

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 1:58 PM

Tell me more about this new music/Bruce Springsteen guy...

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 2:02 PM

He ain't the boss of me.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 2:04 PM

BEST CONCERT YOULL EVER GO TO.

MY NAME IS MATT, AN YOU CAN BELIEVE THAT!

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 2:08 PM

^ Lawyer

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 2:10 PM

I can't even talk to you monkeys. You are all a bunch of bastard people!

Posted by Matt | March 16, 2012 2:17 PM

Half of this blog just peed themselves at the sight of "Arcade Fire" and "Bruce Springsteen" in the same post.

BV, can't you post about good music?

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 2:25 PM

Hey, where is the old guy Arctic Monkeys fan? Wouldn't Springsteen be in his wheelhouse as well?

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 2:44 PM

bruce is among the 1% of the 1 percenters.
slumming it to him is lunch with warren buffet.

Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2012 2:48 PM

ACTUALLY I WORK IN THE TICKET BUSINESS.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 3:02 PM

Bruce Springsteen pays over $138,000 a year in taxes for his three-acre home in Colts Neck, New Jersey. He owns another 200 adjoining acres. But because he has a part-time farmer come and grow a few tomatoes and has horses, his tax bill on the remaining 200 acres is just $4,639. The tax loophole comes from the New Jersey’s Farmland Assessment Act of 1964. Originally the provision was created to help preserve agriculture in New Jersey. To qualify for the tax break, landowners must own at least five acres of land and produce just $500 a year in goods. Anyone who can meet those minimum standards can reduce their farmland tax bills by an astounding 98 percent.

True Fact. Man of the people? Apparently not a man of the poor, who would benefit from the duly owed taxes that should be collected.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 3:10 PM

from designer leather to sweat shop electronics...this land was made for you & me

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 3:29 PM

so because he sings about people who don't have money, he should give his money away?

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 3:42 PM

Paying your fair share in taxes is not giving your money away. Oh, never mind - you are clearly a drone and no amount facts will overcome your willing blindness to injustice and hypocrisy.

Go back to sleep 3:42, and just ignore the posts that trouble you.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 3:56 PM

People that talk about the rest of us "paying our fair share" almost never pay their fair share. Springsteen's tax loophole is one example. Of course, Warren Buffet's multiyear federal lawsuit regarding why he shouldn't pay his taxes are another. They are literally all around us, if you look past the deceivers on the main stream and network news sources. This is why people are pissed off. This is why this may not end well for any of us.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 4:00 PM

Eric Burdon is way cooler than all those mofos

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 4:02 PM

"so because he sings about people who don't have money, he should give his money away?"


There's charity. And then there's agitating for the government to confiscate everyone's earnings at a higher rate while you're already ducking out on paying your share like a little bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 4:09 PM

There is Springsteen the musician, who has unfortunately turned into a mediocre derivative of his former self. Then, there is Springsteen the spokesperson / activist / political figure, which is just intolerable and fraught with hypocrisy on every side. To be fair, there is Springsteen the human being, who I have on good account is a pretty cool guy and generous of spirit. Somewhere between the kernel and reality things get a little off target.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 4:19 PM

You got that right 4:02. Garland Jeffereys too!

Posted by Smack | March 16, 2012 4:20 PM

The only thing admirable about Springsteen is that his first wife was a model and his second wife is ugly. It usually works the other way around.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 4:22 PM

Tom Morello
(anyone else laughing with me at that?)

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 4:24 PM

We are the world. We are the children who make a brighter day for you and me.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 4:35 PM

I'm goin' down down down down
I'm goin' down down down down
I'm goin' down down down down
I'm goin' down down down down

pure genius

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 5:00 PM

1:09 - Rocky Ground is leagues better than Queen of the Supermarket. Or 57 Channels, for that matter.

Posted by part man, part monkey | March 16, 2012 5:09 PM

hey 402 and 420 don't leave out joe ely

ely has been everywhere and knows everyone

ely sang backup on should i stay or should i go for chrissake - that one thing alone is cooler than springsteen's entire career (except for the glory days video)

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2012 7:36 PM

lets face it, springsteen has sucked since carter lost the presidency. which is before most hipsters were born.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 12:24 AM

Last time Springsteen was relevant supermarkets did not yet carry hummus

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 1:03 AM

Baruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce! Brooklyn is whack, strangle yourselves. NJ'll destroy you.

Posted by The Kid | March 17, 2012 7:51 AM

"I'm goin' down down down down
I'm goin' down down down down
I'm goin' down down down down
I'm goin' down down down down
pure genius"


I know and Rothko paintings are just colored blocks!

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 9:51 AM

Bobby Brown is way cooler than all those mofos

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 10:56 AM

singer songwriters are irrelevant.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 10:56 AM

9:51 = utter and existential fail

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 10:58 AM

bruce springsteen boned my mother in the '70s and i might be the love child.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 11:55 AM

WTF is Bruce Springsteen doing at SBSW (B for "By" is that's what the fucking word is, not X)?

Since when did he ever care about underground music?

Oh wait, he's trying to keep his career alive by playing shows and festivals he'd have nothing to do with when he was at the height of his fame/draw like all washed up mainstream do.

I love his stuff through Born In The USA but he can eat a dick in 2012 with his slumming it shit.

BTW LOL @ 3:10 which sounds too weird to be bullshit.

Posted by D | March 17, 2012 4:02 PM

People who write and perform songs that I download for free and criticize after 15 seconds of fleeting attention should also pay my rent, dammit.

Anyone else wanna dance with Courtney Cox, anyone, anyone?

Posted by goAt | March 17, 2012 4:17 PM

singer songwriters are irrelevant.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 6:40 PM

Amazing how hipsters are just so enamored with Springsteen, especially giving his hypocrisy and unethical withholding of tax money. I thought hipsters were more socially conscious than that.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 6:54 PM

Springsteen makes crappy music for lawyers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 8:05 PM

Bruce made 1 good album. Born in the USA.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2012 8:10 PM

Springsteen is no longer relevant.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 12:12 AM

Yo you ain't a NYer til you WTFO on The Loss.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 3:40 AM

Springsteen had a band member who was a negro. True fact.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 7:20 AM

Springsteen invented terrible music like The Hold Steady.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 9:57 AM

& the Killers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 1:05 PM

9:57 has a job, but is miserable in his cubicle every second of his life.

Posted by The Boss RULES | March 18, 2012 1:25 PM

:), 9,51 he's getting old, but he's still The boss

Posted by boss | March 18, 2012 4:09 PM

I'd rather suck off a Martian water buffalo than listen to Springsteen

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 4:56 PM

I prefer contracting a nasty intestinal virus to having to listen to Springsteen.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 5:19 PM

worse than cancer

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 6:29 PM

I'd rather live in Queens than listen to Springsteen.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 6:55 PM

Anyone up for staring a Brooklyn Vegan fight club? Seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 8:27 PM

^ It wasn't a documentary, dude.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 9:11 PM

What a bunch of know-it-all pompous hipsters attempting to out do each other by criticizing a musical legend

How pathetic

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 10:43 PM

I stopped caring about springsteen when I heard about Frohawk.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 12:11 AM

Do some of you people think you are funny?

What happened at SXSW was phenomenal. And if you try to say otherwise, especially without having been there, then congratulations for proving without doubt that you are an imbecile.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 12:37 AM

Does Springsteen grow chickpeas on his farm?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 1:36 AM

"Springsteen had a band member who was a negro. True fact."

Is this supposed to be funny?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 10:50 AM

^ I laughed...

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 10:37 PM

moldy ass Springsteen fans, go back to suburbs and fart dust with your rat-faced kids.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 11:18 PM

Does Springsteen grow chickpeas on his farm?

Posted by free ads | March 25, 2012 11:02 AM

bruce is the men

Posted by jordon | August 4, 2013 3:45 PM

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