Monday, November 7th, 2011

Bruce Springsteen, "Incident On 57th Street"

Bruce Springsteen geeks take note! This is a video of the first-ever (solo) performance of "Incident On 57th Street," from the 1973 album, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. It happened Friday night, during a concert the Boss was playing his old friend, Joe Grusheky in Grusheky's hometown, Pittsburgh. God, it sounds great, doesn't it?

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sunnyciegos (#551)

I believe it is the first-ever *solo guitar* performance of Incident, not first-ever-ever. But still. Bruce defies age and everything. Still the man.

franklin (#173,669)

@sunnyciegos And it's Grushecky, not Grusheky. Nonetheless!

Dave Bry (#422)

@sunnyciegos Oh, you're right! I'm a total Grusheky. Thanks.

sunnyciegos (#551)

@Dave Bry We're all still waiting breathlessly for the first-ever performance of "The Price You Pay." Aren't we? That's just me? Oh, ok.

deepomega (#1,720)

I had a Springsteen song stuck in my head yesterday and I almost strangled myself with a flannel shirt.

Caryn Rose@twitter (#19,071)

Live debut of "The Price You Pay" was 10/31/80 at the LA Sports Arena, which is a great show worth getting. While I freely admit TPYP is not exactly a frequent setlist visitor, it did come out on the 09 tour, opening the last show they played at the Spectrum:

LondonLee (#922)

That was fab, but I do miss the organ and pretty girl backing singers.

Bruce needs to write epic and convoluted 10-minute songs again.

sunnyciegos (#551)

@LondonLee He wrote a kind of "Zero and Blind Terry" spinoff on his last album called "Outlaw Pete." It didn't quite have the gravitas of "Incident," though.

Other great overly long Springsteen songs: "Thundercrack", "Kitty's Back."

rina (#3,230)

I was at this show! This song replaced a solo accoustic version of "For You" that he had played the night before; that's my favorite Bruce song so I was kind of disappointed at first, but this performance was really special.

Also amazing was a solo accoustic performance of "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street."

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