Independence Day in Paris

Making its tour debut, Bruce performed a solo version of the classic "Independence Day," appropriately filmed on July 4th, at the first of two Wrecking Ball Tour stops at Bercy in Paris, France.

Twist & Shout from Isle of Wight

Bruce & the E Street Band closed this year's Isle of Wight Festival in the UK with a rousing performance of "Twist & Shout" complete with fireworks! Watch the video here.

 

Bruce thanks Germany with premiere of
“When I Leave Berlin”

Last night was Bruce and E Street's second biggest show ever in Germany with 55,000 fans in attendance.  The biggest, however, was in 1988 and is described in today's Reuters article by Erik Kirschbaum:

"Berlin, largely a working class city, has been a special place for Springsteen since his July 1988 concert behind the old Iron Curtain in East Berlin.

Watched by 160,000 people, or about 1 percent of then Communist East Germany's population, it was the biggest rock show in East German history, and The Boss boldly spoke out against the 'barriers' keeping East Germans in their portion of the city.

Some historians have said the concert fed into a movement gaining moment at the time that contributed to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall 16 months later in November 1989.

'Once in a while you play a place, a show that ends up staying inside of you, living with you for the rest of your life,' he told the crowd on Wednesday after being handed a poster from a fan thanking him for the 1988 concert. 'East Berlin in 1988 was certainly one of them.'"

Hence, the emotional reasons for last night's special premiere performance of the song "When I Leave Berlin" by British folk musician Wizz Jones from his 1973 album of the same name.

Except for that unforgettable 1988 show, which was the band's largest concert ever, this has been Bruce and E Street's best and most inspiring tour of Germany.  Bruce ended last night by thanking the great audiences in Frankfurt, Cologne, and Berlin and telling them, "We love you, and we'll be seeing you."

Spirit In The Night from Pinkpop

Bruce and the E Street Band closed this year's Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands with a stellar performance. Hot from the stage is this memorable version of "Spirit in the Night." The Pinkpop triumph follows on the heels of Bruce and the Band's largest and best shows in Frankfurt and Cologne, and comes prior to their upcoming performance in Berlin for over 50,000 fans.

“American Skin
(41 Shots)” makes its tour debut in Tampa, FL

From the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL on March 23, 2012.

41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots....

And we'll take that ride
'Cross this bloody river
To the other side
41 shots... cut through the night
You're kneeling over his body in the vestibule
Praying for his life

Is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it a wallet, this is your life
It ain't no secret
It ain't no secret
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living
In your American skin

41 shots
Lena gets her son ready for school
She says "on these streets, Charles
You've got to understand the rules
If an officer stops you
Promise you'll always be polite,
that you'll never ever run away
Promise Mama you'll keep your hands in sight"

Is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it a wallet, this is your life
It ain't no secret
It ain't no secret
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living
In your American skin

Is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it in your heart, is it in your eyes
It ain't no secret

41 shots... and we'll take that ride
'Cross this bloody river
To the other side
41 shots... got my boots caked in this mud
We're baptized in these waters and in each other's blood

Is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it a wallet, this is your life
It ain't no secret
It ain't no secret
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living
In your American skin

Wrecking Ball tour kicks off in Atlanta

To celebrate the start of the Wrecking Ball Tour, here is a clip of "Death to My Hometown" from opening night at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on March 18th. Watch it now!

Bruce performs “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” at SXSW

Bruce delivered the 2012 SXSW Music Festival keynote address to to a packed house in Austin, TX today. Between giving advice to musicians honing their craft night after night on stage and recounting his own development as a songwriter through the music of the 20th Century, he cited The Animals and their song "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" as a key influence on becoming "Bruce Springsteen."

Watch it now!