live.brucespringsteen.netBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - August 22, 1985 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
So...I'm almost done with this show. As in, I've now heard almost the entire thing. For logistical reasons, I don't listen to Bruce shows except under certain circumstances, and those haven't really been in play for a while. (Whatever, yadda, cool story, bro.)
I will say that for a long time I felt like I was one of the few hardcore fans to really love this tour. (I wasn't one of the few, I just felt like I was.) This release, like the others in the series, makes me feel more than vindicated in thinking this tour was really something special. (Like pretty much all his tours, really.) Great setlists, great performances.
I too am late... But I will buy this show tomorrow now that I'm back online. I'm so excited to listen to this one. This leg of the BITUSA tour is nothing short of amazing!
I'm late.... I downloaded the show on Saturday, and then we flew on holiday.
I thought I'd find 3h12min of me-time easily on a holiday, but hey, I was wrong... 🙂
I succeeded today, and what an enjoyment this is on the first listen...
Can't say much more, other than I'm beaming... And I love having Bruce with me...
If we get a River tour show next month, either July 6 or June 4, it will be the "best summer in the history of the archive series". I'd even go so far and say if D&D is next then that title still applies. Maybe one of those Fall East coast shows would be lovely and understated for August.
This is the only forum I will be able to state this:
BiUSA/Badlands/Out in the Streets/Johnny 99/Seeds/Atlantic City/The River is possibly the most subversive setlist opening I have ever heard from our hero. in '85 he was bigger than anything at the time or since. He had a big audience and used it to great effect. I cannot stop listening to the 1st set as it checks ever box imaginable in a Springsteen show. Obviously, NJ 81 is similar, but this is just huge for me.
I think you made that edit just to use the word again.
Johnny 99, Seeds, Atlantic City, The River……COME ON!!!
EVERY MOMENT IS PITCH PERFECT!!!
I truly wonder if they were this good every night that tour?
Any doubters, here's an official taste...
This version not only kicks the arse of all previously released 84 show versions, it kicks their arse and then turns up inappropriately dressed at their funeral.
So thrilled, haven't downloaded it yet, but will later today...
I'm delighted about the summer vibe, and that you guys are liking the new release so much... Looking forward to listening to the show asap.
And coming straight into my Archive Series all time Top 5 with a bullet, it's Giants Stadium 85. Insanely good stuff.
Oh, and Bruce himself weighs into the waves / sways debate on this release... it is emphatically 'sways'. He couldn't be any clearer.
Magic in the night.
Moved by so much, most importantly able to look back and remember standing in a stadium like this one in Los Angeles.
That River intro on this. He knows how my heart beats and never ever disappoints me.
@Buddhabone Hot fun in the summertime? Not quite for me, at least not literally... 13 degrees Celsius forecast top here today, with heavy rain and hail. Stuck inside not just due to weather but also a snap 7 day lockdown due to a small COVID outbreak in Adelaide.
Perhaps Bruce will send me the summertime vibes by osmosis once I start listening... after all, he is that good.
Well worth the wait, as always. On first listen, this one is packed with definitive U.S.A. tour versions of quite a few songs. Trapped strikes like a viper on the choruses and coils up menacing and tight again on the verses. Downbound Train and The River are exceptional. The best Born To Run of the 84 and 85 releases, a barn burning Ramrod, a lean Dancing In The Dark.
Hot fun in the summertime!!!