Bruce Springsteen has, like most musicians, put touring on hold during coronavirus, but he’s been offering fans monthly live recordings to hold them over. The latest he’s shared is his and The E Street band’s September 25, 1999 performance at Philadelphia’s First Union Center — a show that has been a popular bootleg for the last 20 years and is now finally out officially.
The show was part of the first major tour from Springsteen and the E Street Band in 11 years, and was the end of a six-show run in Philadelphia that had concerts at both the First Union Center and the First Union Spectrum. Bruce also turned 50 on an off-night during the run. Rolling Stone notes that during the run, the band brought out rarely played songs “The Fever,” “Blinded by the Light” and “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?,” and this show in particular opened with “Incident on 57th Street,” which hadn’t been played since 1980, as well as one of only five stagings of the epic “New York City Serenade” circa 1999-2000 following a 24-year hiatus. The September 25 show also featured “Jungleland,” “New York City Serenade,” “Atlantic City,” “Murder Incorporated,” “Land of Hope and Dreams,” “Two Hearts” and it was the last date of the tour to get “The Streets of Philadelphia.”
You can listen to “Incident on 57th Street” and “Streets of Philadelphia” below, and listen to the whole concert over at Bruce’s live show website.
Meanwhile, Bruce has been DJing on his SiriusXM channel E Street Radio for series called “From My Home to Yours” and last week he was joined by Steven Van Zandt and Southside Johnny where they reminisced about their lifetime friendship, and shared stories. SiriusXM subscribers can listen to the archive via the SiriusXM app.
Kinda related: Watch Jay Weinberg + members of Royal Thunder, High On Fire, and Mutoid Man cover Springsteen’s “Candy’s Room” as a Father’s Day gift for Jay’s father and E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND – LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA 1999 TRACKLIST:
1. INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET 11:09
2. THE TIES THAT BIND0 3:47
3. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT 6:24
4. TWO HEARTS 3:14
5. ATLANTIC CITY 6:52
6. FACTORY 3:54
7. POINT BLANK 8:25
8. YOUNGSTOWN 6:23
9. MURDER INCORPORATED 6:04
10. BADLANDS 7:20
11. OUT IN THE STREET 7:13
12. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT 19:31
13. SHERRY DARLING 7:21
14. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA 3:42
15. NEW YORK CITY SERENADE 10:47
16. LIGHT OF DAY 12:31
1. JUNGLELAND 10:57
2. BORN TO RUN0 6:10
1. THUNDER ROAD0 6:31
2. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND 6:25
3. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS 10:09
4. RAISE YOUR HAND 5:34