Monday, July 13, 2009

Bruce Springsteen the Express Tour 1988

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Bruce Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter, who was inspired by the likes of Elvis, The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Coming from a working class New Jersey background, the man who is nicknamed "The Boss" has doubtlessly become one of the biggest names in rock and roll. Springsteen formed the E Street band in 1972, and has been alternating between writing albums full of rock and roll anthems and somber acoustic-folk ever since.

Bruce Springsteen has become most well known for anthemic rock songs, deeply personal and emotional poetic lyrics, and hour’s long marathon concerts. It has not always been plane sailing, Springsteen’s first two records did not sell well despite the critical acclaim they received. In fact, The E Street Band was considering disbanding if their third record, Born to Run, did not produce any success. Success came. The album was received well and given a great deal of radio airtime, due to its lyrical imagery, the thundering dynamic rock songs on it, and its sense of sincere desperate optimism.

Springsteen's musical career went from strength to strength after that. His legendary Born in the USA album sold more than 12 million copies in America alone. Songs from that album remained in the US and British singles charts for two and a half years. Springsteen has earned
numerous awards for his work, including 19 Grammy Awards, 2 Golden Globes and an Academy Award, and has built up a large following all over the world having sold over 120 million records worldwide.

This video file consists of a full Bruce Springsteen show from the Express Tour in 1988 as well as some footage of other highlights of the rest of that tour. The Express Tour show has an interesting set list with quite a few covers, including a great version of The Beatles "Twist and Shout". The highlights of the Express Tour footage includes the E Street Band busking acoustically on a busy street. They perform "I'm On Fire", "The River" and "Dancing in the Dark" to the delight of all present. Enjoy!


Spare Parts / War / Born in the USA / Chimes of Freedom / Paradise by the "C" / Who Do You Love... / She's The One / You Can Look But You Better Not Touch / I'm a Coward / Follow The Dream / Bobby Jean / Cadillac Ranch / Tenth Avenue Freeze Out / Sweet Soul Music / Raise Your Hands / Twist and Shout

Be True / Can't Help Fallin' In Love / I'm On Fire / The River / Dancin' In The Dark - Promote Your Music

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