BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and the E.STREET BAND – ” Buffalo New York City ” 22nd November 2009 released on BruceSpringsteen.net

Posted: December 25, 2016 in MUSIC
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On November 22nd, 2009 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band brought the memorable Working On A Dream Tour to a close at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo. The show would be the last saxophonist Clarence Clemons would play with the band before his 2011 death. Springsteen has opened the vault to release an official recording of the show via his official website.

The Boss played a number of his classic albums in their entirety over the course of the Working On A Dream Tour. In Buffalo the band treated fans to a complete performance of Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ. This led to a pair as bust outs as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played “Mary Queen Of Arkansas” for the first time since 2002 and “The Angel” for the first time since 1996. “This was the miracle,” he said during the show. “This was the record that took us from way below zero to … one.” Springsteen dedicated the performance to his former manager Mike Appel, who was in attendance, for making his successful audition with Columbia Records happen. During “Growin’ Up,” Springsteen broke the song down and recalled the night in 1971 when he first performed with Clarence Clemons at the Student Prince in Asbury Park. Then he metaphorically described what happened next, a late-night drive through the woods in a Cadillac followed by a long dream. “And when we woke up,” he concluded, “we were in f—in’ Buffalo, New York.”

Clarence  died on June 18th, 2011 after having suffered a stroke a week earlier.
The concert also fell on guitarist Steve Van Zandt‘s birthday, and Springsteen indulged his friend by breaking out the world premiere of “Restless Nights,” a outtake from the “River” and one of Van Zandt’s favorite Springsteen songs. This was followed by “Happy Birthday” and Working on a Dream’s “Surprise, Surprise.”

Springsteen dug deep to close the tour with a 34-song performance that included holiday gems “Merry Christmas, Baby” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” The former was played for the first time since 2004. Bruce offered the live debut of The River outtake “Restless Night,” purportedly by request of guitarist Steve Van Zandt. The show ended with a lengthy encore that included a guest appearance from Willie Nile on “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher.”

Live.BruceSpringsteen.net has got one more from the archives: the tour-closer from the “Working On A Dream” Tour on November. 22nd, 2009 in Buffalo includes a complete performance of Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ and several rarities. This was Clarence Clemons’ last show with the E Street Band.

Head to Live.Brucespringsteen.net to purchase the archival release in a variety of formats.

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