In 2006, during the first Jazz Fest after Hurricane Katrina, Springsteen delivered what was arguably one of the most powerful and emotional performances in the festival’s four-decade history.
~Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Bruce and the band open the tour with a well received, emotional show at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The city was still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, and Bruce’s comments about the government handling of the crisis were appreciated by the audience. “How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live” is dedicated to President ‘Bystander’.
Start of the “Seeger Sessions” tour
Great versions of “Poor Man” (Great intro as well) & “My City In Ruins”.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans Fair ground
April 30, 2006
Bruce Springsteen (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica)
Marc Anthony Thompson (acoustic guitar, backing vocals)
Patti Scialfa (backing vocals, acoustic guitar)
Frank Bruno (acoustic guitar, backing vocals, washboard)
April 27: Bruce Springsteen LA Sports Arena 2012 (Videos)
Early-birds in the LA Sports Arena get an unexpected treat – an hour before the show Bruce appears on stage with a party (Bruce claimed they were his relatives, but we’re not so sure!) and plays an acoustic version of “For You“.
The three-hour set opens with “No Surrender”, the first of two tour premieres from Born In The U.S.A. – “Bobby Jean” is the other. The “this train” introduction is dropped from “Land Of Hope And Dreams” for the second and final time of the first American leg. Tom Morello joins Bruce on stage for the same songs as the previous night, plus “Land of Hope And Dreams”. Springsteen’s guitar tech Kevin Buell is honoured on the occasion of his 1000th show – Bruce lures him to the front of the stage with a fake guitar failure. “My City Of Ruins” includes “People Get Ready”.
Classic Concert: Bruce Springsteen – Largo MD Aug 15 1978
“The screaming intensity of those ’78 shows are part of rock and roll legend in the same way as Dylan’s 1966 shows with the Band, the Rolling Stones’ tours of 1969 and 1972, and the Who’s Tommy tour of 1969: benchmarks of an era.”
– Dave March (1987)
A concert perhaps best known for the outstanding video footage available. “Backstreets” has some lines from “Pretty Flamingo” in the ‘Sad Eyes’ section. Tremendous versions of “Quarter To Three” (particularly the video) and “Prove It All Night” with the cab driver intro and an outstanding guitar solo. “Jungleland” cuts after Steve’s guitar solo, and the start of “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” is also missing – presumably due to tape changes. The show features a particularly loose and active Bruce, maybe because the next day he was going home to New Jersey for the first time in a year.
Bruce Springsteeen’s tour of 1978 is legendary, a lot of the shows were broadcast for Radio and some were filmed as well. This show is a classic, Largo August 15 1978 sometimes referred to as Landover August 15 1978. All songs are good to fantastic, and it is in color!
The tour ran from May 1978 through the rest of the year, in conjunction with the release of Springsteen’s album Darkness on the Edge of Town. Like most Springsteen tours it had no official name, but this is the most commonly used; it is also sometimes referred to as the Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour or most simply the 1978 Tour.)
The tour has since become viewed as perhaps Springsteen’s best in a storied career of concert performances.