19/01/86 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
MY HOMETOWN / THE PROMISED LAND / BADLANDS / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / STAND ON IT / RAMROD / TWIST AND SHOUT
Audience tape – Benefit for the 3M Plant in Freehold – Full band minus Nils & Roy – filmed by ABC and broadcast on 20/20. On the audience tape – The big question here is: “Is it Bruce or is it the taper?” and most of the time it’s the taper. On the other hand, he is in a fine voice and a die hard fan who knows all the lyrics. On a more serious note: the show includes a unique “Stand On It” with a saxophone solo in the middle. Thanks to Per for info’s.
Bruce onstage and flyer for the 3M benefit – images courtesy of Dari.
00/02/86 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
Rehearsals for the play “Lady Beth” put on by the out of work 3M workers from the plant in Freehold. Bruce attends the rehearsals and decides to fund the endevours of the workers in putting on the play.
A relaxed Bruce at the readthrough for a play – photo courtesy of Dari.
00/02/86 – SHOREFIRE STUDIOS, LONG BRANCH, NJ
WE’VE GOT THE LOVE
With Garry Tallent and Tim Ryan producing, Springsteen records a lead guitar solo for this multi-artist charity recording, part of a forthcoming Jersey Artists For Mankind (‘JAM’) release to fight global hunger. The 7” single was released on May 16, 1986 and 12” extended mix versions (also with Bruce’s guitar part present) a couple of weeks later. The video for the track was filmed on April 26-27, 1986 in Red Bank, NJ and featured most of those heard on the record with the notable exceptions of Springsteen, Clemons and Nils Lofgren.
02/03/86 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
STAND ON IT / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / DARLINGTON COUNTY / THE PROMISED LAND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / I’M GOING DOWN / MY HOMETOWN / CADILLAC RANCH / GLORY DAYS
Audience tape. Bruce and The E St Band except Roy. Once again a special “Stand On It”, this time with the saxophone solo at the end. “The Promised Land” has a unique guitar solo at the end, most likely courtesy our man. “I’m Goin’ Down” has lengthy guitarworks by Bruce and Nils from the middle till Clarence does his solo at the end. Thanks to Per for info’s.
Photos by Jacquie Scherr – thanks to Dari.
29/05/86 – EAST FREEHOLD PARK, FREEHOLD, NJ
CANCELLED concert, never re-scheduled. This was to have been the Jersey Artists For Mankind outdoor benefit to promote the May 16th release of the “JAM” single. Despite the fact that neither Springsteen or any ESB members were promoted or billed for the show, rumors began circulating in mid April that Bruce was going to show up and play….which saw town officials revoke the organizers concert permit on April 22nd. The Park could only accommodate 12,000 and there were fears that, even without tickets, 100,000 people might turn up in sleepy Freehold once the Springsteen rumor spread widely. As it was revealed much later, Bruce had not committed to perform – but had not ruled it out either and was leaning towards making an appearance if things could be kept under wraps. They couldn’t.
26/09/86 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
Bruce is in the audience at a play (“Lady Beth”) at the Stone Pony. This play was put on by out-of-work 3M workers from the plant in Freehold. Bruce gets up on stage and gives a speech and poses with the play’s performers. Video footage of this event is on the “This Is Your Life” DVD set.
00/10/86 – WNET-TV STUDIOS, NEW YORK, NY
Director Hart Perry films interviews with Springsteen and John Hammond (both separately and together), as part of a work-in-progress documentary about the career of Hammond. This was early in the film’s production schedule. However the untimely death of Hammond in Oct 1987 ended up causing a delay in the completion of the project. ‘John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen’ was first broadcast (via PBS stations across the USA) on Aug 20, 1990. It was later released commercially in various formats. Much of the late 1986 Springsteen film footage (allegedly including a solo, acoustic song performance ultimately not utilized in the documentary) remains in the vault. A brief audio snippet of Springsteen singing “Forever Young” at Hammond’s 22/10/87 funeral (see Brucebase listing) can be heard over the film’s closing credits.
“Bruce, John Hammond and director Hart Perry in Oct 1986 during the film interview tapings”
13/10/86 – SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
HELPLESS (w/Niel Young)/ YOU CAN LOOK / BORN IN THE USA / SEEDS / DARLINGTON COUNTY / MANSION ON THE HILL / FIRE / DANCING IN THE DARK / GLORY DAYS / FOLLOW THAT DREAM / HUNGRY HEART (w/ CSN&Y;) / TEACH YOUR CHILDREN (w/ All Performers)
Soundboard – video feed – tape. Primarily Acoustic show – with Nils and Danny. Video of the show is available on DVD. The acoustic performance of “Fire” from this show was officially released as a video clip in 1987, and later also included on the “Video Anthology” VHS/DVD.
Thanks to Dari for the ticket, button and programme.
05/11/86 – LE ZENITH, PARIS, FRANCE
Audience tape – With Huey Lewis And The News and Bob Geldof. The entire performance was shown on VH1 and is now circulating on fan-made DVD compilations such as the 4-volume set “This Is Your Life”. Thanks to Peter for the additional info.
Thanks to Peter at Lost In The Flood for the graphic.
21/01/87 – WALDORF ASTORIA HOTEL, NEW YORK, NY
STAND BY ME / OH PRETTY WOMAN
Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame induction for Roy Orbison.
Upper left photo – Bruce and Bo Diddley hamming it up together at the Roy Orbison RRHOF show.
Upper right photo – Roy accepting the award from Bruce – photo courtesy of Dari.
00/02/87 – SHAKEDOWN STUDIOS, NEW YORK, NY
Springsteen joins Steve Van Zandt in the studio for his self-produced, work-in-progress 3rd solo album. Bruce provides background vocals on ‘Native Ameircan”. This recording was first released on Little Steven’s LP ‘Freedom-No Compromise’ on May 15, 1987.
12/04/87 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
LIGHT OF DAY / STAND ON IT / DARLINGTON COUNTY / MY HOMETOWN / CADILLAC RANCH / GLORY DAYS / AROUND AND AROUND / TWIST AND SHOUT / CAROL / WOOLY BULLY / LUCILLE / KANSAS CITY
Audience tape, poor sound, video also available – Cut down E ST Band and members of Cats – premiere of Light Of Day. “Stand On It” includes piano solos from Roy and guitar solos in the middle and end. “Darlington County” does not include the usual saxophone solo and has some nice guitar instead. Kansas City includes Jon Bon Jovi guesting. Thanks to Per for info’s..
Bruce onstage at the Stone Pony – April 1987.
29/07/87 – KEY LARGO, BELMAR, NJ
BORN IN THE USA / MY HOMETOWN
Audience tape – With Jah Love – both songs are reggae versions
30/07/87 – GREEN PARROT, NEPTUNE, NJ
ONE LOVE ONE HEART / BORN IN THE USA / MY HOMETOWN
Soundboard tape – With Jah Love – again reggae versions
31/07/87 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
YOU CAN’T SIT DOWN / LA BAMBA / TWIST AND SHOUT
Audience tape – With Marshall Crenshaw
02/08/87 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
LIGHT OF DAY / I’M BAD I’M NATIONWIDE / COME ON LET’S GO / GLORIA / I’M ON FIRE / RUBY RUBY / SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN / PROUD MARY / MONEY / JERSEY GIRL / AROUND AND AROUND / GLORY DAYS / HAVIN’ A PARTY / TWIST AND SHOUT
Audience tape – Full E ST Band except Nils, and some of Cats.
Photo from show…Boccigalupe (Tony Amato) on keyboards – thanks to Tony for the picture.
09/08/87 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
LIGHT OF DAY / DARLINGTON COUNTY / I’M BAD I’M NATIONWIDE / FORTUNATE SON / RUBY RUBY / STAND BY ME / I DON’T WANNA HANG UP MY ROCK’N’ROLL SHOES / GLORY DAYS / HAVIN’ A PARTY / TWIST AND SHOUT
Audience tape – Another tremendous E St Band performance.
14/08/87 – THE DECK HOUSE, ASBURY PARK, NJ
Incomplete set – with The Fairlanes
21/08/87 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
NATIVE AMERICAN / SUN CITY
Audience tape and video – With Little Steven
Bruce and Steven onstage performing Native American.
22/08/87 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
UP ON CRIPPLE CREEK / LUCILLE
Audience tape and video – With Levon Helm’s All Stars
26/08/87 – KEY LARGO, BELMAR, NJ
JERSEY GIRL / MY HOMETOWN / BORN IN THE USA
Audience tape – With Jah Love.
26/08/87 – THE COLUMNS, AVON, NJ
LUCILLE / STAND BY ME
With The Cherubs
27/08/87 – THE TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ
LIGHT OF DAY / PROUD MARY / FORTUNATE SON / IF YOU NEED ME / AROUND AND AROUND / LUCILLE
With Cats. Thanks to Micheal S for the correction on the setlist with positive confirmation that the Solomon Burke number If You Need Me was actually played.
09/09/87 – SOUNDSTAGE, SANDY HOOK, NJ
Film shooting by Springsteen and Director Meiert Avis for the video single of “Brilliant Disguise”. For this video Springsteen performed a new “live” vocal over the regular LP instrumental backing track to the song.
16/09/87 – DAN FEDERICI WEDDING RECEPTION, JANESVILLE, WI
No set details known. Danny’s marriage (his 2nd) to bride Kathlynn Helmeid. Bruce was Danny’s best man and the E Street Band attended and played a rousing set at the reception party. Audio and video recorded by Federici, although none of it is in collector circulation.
25/09/87 – JFK STADIUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
STAND BY ME
Audience tape and video. – Bruce guests with U2. Pro-shot black-and-white footage of this performance (filmed for, but not used in U2’s “Rattle And Hum” movie) is circulating on fan-made DVD’s.
30/09/87 – COCONUT GROVE, LOS ANGELES, CA
Only the Lonely / DREAM BABY (HOW LONG MUST I DREAM) / Blue Bayou / The Comedians / Ooby Dooby / Leah / Running Scared / In Dreams / Crying / Candyman / Go Go Go (Down the Line) / Mean Woman Blues / (All I Can Do Is) Dream You / Claudette / It’s Over / Oh Pretty Woman
This was a TV show called “The Coconut Groove Session” on Showtime shot in beautiful black and white, and was later released on Roy Orbison’s Black & White Night CD and DVD. Bruce played guitar and shared vocals with Roy on DREAM BABY (HOW LONG MUST I DREAM), and he also played guitar on the rest of the songs (sitting on a chair behind Roy on the stage). Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, J.D. Souther, Jennifer Warnes, K.D. Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits… can we consider that an “all-star lineup”? Yeah, lets. Many thanks to Eddy for all the updated info.
Bruce and Roy in rehearsal and on the show – thanks to Eddy for the center photo and Dari for the upper right band line up..
08/10/87 – THE RITZ, NEW YORK, NY
NATIVE AMERICAN / SUN CITY
Audience tape and partial soundboard tape – With Little Steven
22/10/87 – ST PETER’S CHURCH, NEW YORK, NY
Audience tape – Memorial service for John Hammond. An edited version of Bruce’s performance plays over the end credits of the documentary “John Hammond: From Bessie Smith To Bruce Springsteen”; released on VHS and laserdisc internationally. Thanks to Peter at Lost in the Flood for the info.
31/10/87 – McLOONE’S RUMRUNNER, SEA BRIGHT, NJ
STAND ON IT / GLORY DAYS / BAD MOON RISING / AROUND AND AROUND / BRILLIANT DISGUISE / TOUGHER THAN THE REST / LIGHT OF DAY / BORN TO RUN / FORTUNATE SON / TWO FACES / LUCILLE / TWIST AND SHOUT
Full Band except Nils and Clarence – premieres of Brilliant Disguise, Tougher Than The Rest and Two Faces as well as the first acoustic Born To Run. “Tougher Than The Rest” is close to the recorded version, faster and without the harmonica solos we get on the Tunnel Of Love tour. “Born To Run” omits the harmonica solo at the end we got on the TOL-tour. There was another band playing at Mcloone’s on this night, and very few people got word that Bruce was gonna show up but they went to the bar which was already packed as it was halloween and in some cases snuck in as there was no more legal room. Well the band came in all dressed in black and with masks on. they hit the stage and pulled off their masks and, after throwing the other band off, played the above listed set. The guy who was the lead guitarist in the displaced band jumped off stage grabbed a camera that he luckily had with him and shot some pictures. Thanks to Sal for setlist corrections.
Thanks to Dari for the story and “Al” the guitarist for the pictures.
06/11/87 – RUMSON COUNTY DAY SCHOOL, RUMSON, NJ
CAROL / LUCILLE / TWIST AND SHOUT / STAND BY ME
Soundboard tape – With The Fabulous Grease Band.
17/11/87 – PALACE AMUSEMENTS, ASBURY PARK, NJ
TUNNEL OF LOVE
On-location film shooting by Springsteen and Director Meiert Avis for the video single of “Tunnel Of Love”. Location shooting started on the 16th and finished on the 17th. The video single was released in early 1988 and is a mixture of lip synched and conceptual footage. An alternate version of the video was produced that was never released and it allegedly features less conceptual footage and more emphasis on Springsteen. Note: During the shoot Springsteen was given a tour of the Asbury Park Rock and Roll Museum (then-located in the Palace complex) by its co-owner, Billy Smith.
20/11/87 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
LITTLE LATIN LUPE LU / STAND BT ME / CAROL
Audience tape – With Bobby Bandiera.
05/12/87 – THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
CAROL / WOOLY BULLY / STAND BY ME / AROUND AND AROUND / LITTLE LATIN LUPE LU / TWIST AND SHOUT
Audience tape – With Cats
Photos by Diane Lynn Gotaski – thanks to Dari.
07/12/87 – CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK, NY
REMEMBER WHEN THE MUSIC
Audience tape – The Harry Chaplin Tribute – acoustic version. Various Artists gala concert held in honour of the late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin’s 45th birthday and his posthumous awarding of the Special Congressional Gold Medal. Audio of “Remember When The Music” was officially released on the CD “Harry Chapin Tribute” (Relativity Records) in 1990. Pro-shot video footage of Bruce’s performance is circulating on fan-made DVD’s
Upper right – Bruce onstage – photo courtesy of Dari.
13/12/87 – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK, NY
TEENAGER IN LOVE (w/ DION)/ BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS (w/ David Lettermans Band)/ ROCK’N’ROLL MUSIC
Audience tape and soundboard – All Star Benefit for the Homeless Children.
“Paul Simon and Bruce take center stage together during the Dec 13, 1987 benefit”