This was the last show of the “Ghost of Tom Joad Tour”.
The Ghost of Tom Joad Tour was a lengthy, worldwide concert tour featuring Bruce Springsteen performing alone on stage in small halls and theatres, that ran off and on from late 1995 through the middle of 1997. It followed the release of his 1995 album The Ghost of Tom Joad.The tour began on November 21, 1995 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The first group of shows ran through the end of the year in major media centers such as Los Angeles, the San Francisco area, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.
After a winter holiday break, the show visited other North American cities in January 1996, including a stop in Youngstown, Ohio due to “Youngstown” being the album track most (relatively) played on radio.
February and March saw shows in Western Europe, followed by a three-week break during which Springsteen attended the Academy Awards show in Los Angeles. The tour resumed in Europe through earlyish May.
A family man with three small children at the time, Springsteen took off the summer of 1996 and then started up again in the U.S. in mid-September, now playing smaller markets and colleges, as well as local stops in Asbury Park and his old St. Rose of Lima School in Freehold, and finishing up in mid-December.
Another winter holiday break was taken, then in late January 1997 Springsteen took the show for three weeks in Japan and Australia. In May the final leg started up; first Springsteen went to Stockholm to accept the Polar Music Prize, then he toured Central Europe for perhaps the first time, seeing Austria, Poland, and the Czech Republic, before concluding with additional shows back in Western Europe. The 128th and final show of the tour was on May 26, 1997 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris and was attended by hundreds of fans from around the world.
The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Adam Raised a Cain
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Red Headed Woman
Born in the USA
Across the Border
Working on the Highway
Diamonds by the Yard (with Elliott Murphy)
This Hard Land
The Promised Land
Dusty Old Roads (with Elliott Murphy)
Audience tape. Last show of the tour. “Diamonds By The Yard” (Elliot Murphy song) and “Blowing Down The Road (Old Dusty Road)” are performed with Elliott Murphy guesting. Set also includes a rare “For You”, only played four times this tour. Only known Springsteen performance of “Diamonds By The Yard” and first ever performance in France of “Blowing Down The Road (Old Dusty Road)”. Released on CD “Paris Night” (Crystal Cat) and also “For You” (BSG). ~brucebase