Bruce Springsteen has unleashed his first archival live release of the year, with the rocker focusing on a rarities-filled St. Louis gig from 2008.
The August 23rd, 2008 concert, recorded in the midst of the E Street Band’s tour in support of Magic, featured Springsteen and company performing some songs for the first time in decades thanks to sign requests in the audience.
These include the band’s renditions of the Crystals’ “Then He Kissed Me” and Harold Dorman’s “Mountain of Love,” which hadn’t been performed by Springsteen and the E Street Band since 1975.
Springsteen also delivered his seldom-performed cover of Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” in the encore; the St. Louis gig in 2008 marked the first time since 2002 that Springsteen played that track live, as well as the last time the E Street Band has whipped it out in concert. Check out that cover below (via Ultimate Classic Rock):
Check out Springsteen’s live archive site for full track list and download information. Physical copies of Scottrade Center, St. Louis, 8/23/08 will ship May 1st.
In November, the Springsteen archives dug up a Buffalo 2009 concert that featured a full album performance of Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. as well as the last time saxophonist Clarence Clemons played with the E Street Band before his June 2011 death. 2016 also saw the first official release of Springsteen’s famed “Christic Shows,” a pair of solo concerts recorded in Los Angeles in November 1990.