BACKSTREETS

Live 09 Aug 1978 version


One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends
Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in
Catching rides to the outskirts, tying faith between our teeth
Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house, getting wasted in the heat
And hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
With a love so hard and filled with defeat, say!
Running for our lives at night on them backstreets

Slow dancing in the dark on the beach at Stockton's Wing
Where desperate lovers park we sat with the last of the Duke Street Kings
Huddled in our cars waiting for the bells that ring
In the deep heart of the night that set us loose from everything
To go running on the backstreets, running on them backstreets
We swore we'd live forever
On the backstreets we'd take it together

Endless juke joints and Valentino drag
Where dancers scraped the tears up off the streets dressed down in rags
Running into the darkness, some hurt bad some really dying
At night sometimes it seemed you could hear that whole damn city crying
Blame it on the lies that killed us, on the truth that ran us down
Blame it all on me Terry, it don't matter to me now
When the breakdown hit at midnight there was nothing left to say
I hate him and I hated you when you went away
Whoah

Now laying here in the dark, you're like an angel on my chest
Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness
Remember all the movies, Terry, we'd go see
Trying to learn how to walk like the heroes ee thought we had to be
And after all this time to find we're just like all the rest
Stranded in the park and forced to confess
To hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
We swore forever friends
On the backstreets until the end

Hello, baby
My, it's good to have
It's good to have you back again
And you're still looking fine
And honey, I remember you
Baby, I remember you
Standing on the corner of Richmond Avenue
With your hair up high
And that cradle look in your eye
That every boy that was passing you by
Baby's looking fine
Baby's looking fine
And I swore, back then I swore
That I would drive all night
Any time any place
I'd drive all night
Any time any place
I'd drive all night
Any time any place
Just to buy you some shoes
And to taste your tender charms
To have you hold me in your arms
Baby, for just one kiss
And a look from your sad eyes
You had such lonely sad eyes
You had such lonely sad eyes
I remember how they cried
All night long
Baby how they cried
All night long
I remember how they cried
All night long
I remember how they cried
Oh, they cried
And me, I was your fool
I thought somehow that I could stop
All of your crying
I thought I could stop
Little girl, your crying
I thought I could stop
Little girl, your crying
I thought I could stop
Little girl, your crying
But I didn't know
Only you knew
That baby'd been lying
Baby'd been lying
Little girl, you'd been lying
You were so young
And you could tell such pretty lies
You were so young
And you could tell such pretty lies
But I can't cry for you anymore
Little girl, I can't cry for you anymore
I can't cry for you anymore
And now you're back
And now you're back
Well baby, I'm back too
And I've been out
And I've been seeing some things
About me
About you
And little girl, you've got to stop
Baby, you've got to stop
Whoah, we've got to stop
Little girl, we've got to stop
Baby, you've got to stop
Little girl, we've got to stop
Baby, we've got to stop
Stop!
Stop!
Stop!
Stop!
Stop!
Stop!
Stop!
Stop!

Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
It's alright
We'll go hiding on the backstreets tonight
On the backstreets, on the backstreets
On the backstreets, on the backstreets
On the backstreets, on the backstreets
Whoah!

Whoah, whoah, whoah, whoah, oh oh, oh oh


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 09 Aug 1978 performance of BACKSTREETS at The Agora in Cleveland, OH, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour.

The 09 Aug 1978 Show

The famed 09 Aug 1978 concert at The Agora was hosted by local radio station WMMS-FM in celebration of the tenth anniversary for the station's "WMMS" callsign, which was changed from WHK-FM on 28 Sep 1968. The concert was not on the initial list of planned Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour shows and more than 1,200 fans were awarded free tickets in a postcard giveaway. WMMS was one of the early supporters of Bruce Springsteen, even before his Born To Run album came out, and DJ Kid Leo is credited to have played a major role in aiding Springsteen's career.

Promotional poster for the 09 Aug 1978 show at The Agora, Cleveland, OH
Promotional poster for the 09 Aug 1978 show at The Agora, Cleveland, OH
(Taken from Brucebase)
Ticket stub for the 09 Aug 1978 show at The Agora, Cleveland, OH
Ticket stub for the 09 Aug 1978 show at The Agora, Cleveland, OH
(Taken from Brucebase)

The concert was broadcast nationwide live on WMMS and many other FM radio stations, including WABX in Detroit, MI, WDVE in Pittsburgh, PA, WEBN in Cincinnati, OH, WXRT in Chicago, IL, KSHE in St. Louis, MO, and KQRS in Minneapolis, MN. A total audience for the broadcast is estimated at three million. Denny Sanders was the on-air DJ while Kid Leo introduced Springsteen on stage. This show was later mastered by Springsteen's management and given to KSAN-FM in San Francisco who broadcast it as a replacement for a scheduled Winterland rebroadcast sometime in 1979. It was also given to WNEW-FM in New York City for a broadcast on Easter Sunday of 1979 and WWDC 101 in Washington D.C. on 05 Nov 1979. WMMS also rebroadcast the entire concert on 05 Nov 1979.

As The Agora owner Hank LoConti told Cleveland's The Plain Dealer in May 2012, one audio feed from the show was produced by Jimmy Iovine and went to a production truck outside The Agora for radio broadcast – the truck was actually an old school bus converted into a recording studio by Sam Kopper, a former announcer at Boston's WBCN. Another audio feed went directly upstairs to Agency Recording Studios and was captured on 24-track tape for a possible live album release. That 24-track pristine master recording remained in the vault, but LoConti revealed to The Plain Dealer that he recently made the recording into a very limited (10 copies only) edition four-disc box set that also included an hour-long 16-track recording of Springsteen's 03 Jun 1974 show at The Agora. He sent copies to Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and Springsteen's management, asking permission to issue the set for sale, with all proceeds going to the Western Reserve Historical Society. "Unfortunately," LoConti said, "the manager said no."

 Hank LoConti, owner of the Agora music hall, holds a four-disc set of Springsteen's 1974 and 1978 performances at The Agora (taken from Cleveland.com)
Hank LoConti, owner of the Agora music hall, holds a four-disc set of Springsteen's 1974 and 1978 performances at The Agora (taken from Cleveland.com)

In December 2014 the complete 09 Aug 1978 concert was officially released on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net (see the "Official Live Downloads" section below for more details). The audio is sourced from seven 1/4 inch, 15 ips, half-track, mixdown reel-to-reel tapes that were located by Toby Scott, Springsteen's long-time recording engineer and archivist. The reels were transferred via the Plangent Process, the same analogue tape restoration technique used to good effect for the November 2014 box-set release of Springsteen's first seven albums, and mastered at Bob Ludwig's Gateway Mastering Studios. The audio quality of this transfer surpasses all previously available bootlegs of the show.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Agora, Cleveland 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Agora, Cleveland 1978

"Initially, what Toby found in the Thrill Hill archives was not a great-sounding transfer of the reels that they'd had," Brad Serling, founder and CEO of Nugs.net which handles the live series, told Backstreets. "So they asked Sirius, and Sirius pulled out their copy — which apparently sounded better than what Toby had from the initial transfer. That's what was originally slated for release, and even sent off to Gateway to be mastered. Meanwhile, Toby still wanted to find the original reels and see if he could make a better transfer. I happened to call him while he was working on this — I voiced concern about putting out a bootleg that people had already heard if it wasn't the best existing sound. He said, 'Well, it does sound better than the last transfer, but I think we can do better.'"

"Serendipitously, Toby found a box of seven reels that been on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," continues Serling, "and that was it. The reels — the pre-FM, stereo mix of this show — had gone missing, and it turns out they were in this box that was on loan to the Rock Hall. And Toby had managed to find it just in time."

Release notes from Toby Scott:

I found the seven Agora tape reels in a box that had been returned from the Rock'n Roll Hall Of Fame. The tapes were part of an exclusive Springsteen exhibit "Asbury Park to the Promised Land". It wasn't until the request to release this show came up that the tapes needed to be found. Not at Sony, not at Thrill Hill Archives, not at the archiving company. Last known location was the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame. They informed me what box to look in and there they were, marked with the original indication of speed, tracks and show date.

I had the tapes delivered to Plangent Processes for evaluation and transfer, if they seemed to be of adequate quality. After comparison to other copies of this show, this was the best version and potentially the original master tapes. Plangent transferred all seven reels using their unique process, which corrects any speed variations for accurate playback. This eliminates the wow and flutter usually found in the playback of any analog tape. This new transfer to the digital domain was done at 192 (samples per second) with 24 bit resolution. The resulting digital files were sent to Gateway Mastering for evaluation and mastering, as was done to the Box Set Volume 1, recently released to critical acclaim. The resulting new master will give a renewed vigor to the already exciting show.

The provenance of the reels is still not entirely clear to Scott or to Serling, but Backstreets suspects that they are the mixed-down and mastered reels from which copies of the show were made by Columbia to service other select radio stations when demand for live Springsteen was raging in the late '78 and early ’79. Some have speculated that the show was considered for a possible official live album release in 1979, and though there isn't enough evidence to conclusively state that, Serling does note, "That's what's interesting — that could be what this stereo mix is! The boxes say 'Springsteen Live,' as if it were a live album."

The seven reel-to-reel tapes from which the official release was transferred (taken from Backstreets.com)
The seven reel-to-reel tapes from which the official release was transferred (taken from Backstreets.com)

  1. SUMMERTIME BLUES
  2. BADLANDS
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. FACTORY
  6. THE PROMISED LAND
  7. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  8. RACING IN THE STREET
  9. THUNDER ROAD
  10. JUNGLELAND
  11. PARADISE BY THE "C"
  12. FIRE
  13. SHERRY DARLING
  14. SHE'S THE ONE
  15. GROWIN' UP
  16. BACKSTREETS
  17. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  18. 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
  19. BORN TO RUN
  20. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  21. RAISE YOUR HAND
  22. TWIST AND SHOUT

The 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Agora Ballroom 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Agora Ballroom 1978

3xCD - Leftfield Media (LFM3CD529) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Agora Ballroom 1978 Volume One
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Agora Ballroom 1978 Volume One

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV250LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 1 of three of the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Agora Ballroom 1978 Volume Two
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Agora Ballroom 1978 Volume Two

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV252LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 2 of three of the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Agora Ballroom 1978 Volume Three
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Agora Ballroom 1978 Volume Three

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV253LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 3 of three of the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 1978

3xCD - Live Wire (LW2014) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts

15xCD - Sound Stage (SSCDBOX10) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora, the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre, the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre, the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre, and the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.

Official Live Downloads

Prior to the High Hopes Tour, Bruce Springsteen's management announced a new service allowing fans to download concert recordings approximately 48 hours after each show. The initial plan required fans to purchase a special USB wristband, which could then be used to download a single High Hopes Tour show of the purchaser's choice and also functions as a regular reusable USB flash drive. The wristband, which could be purchased online or at the concert venue, was priced at $40. Following some negative response from fans over the high cost for the wristband, Springsteen's management subsequently announced a separate cheaper option for purchasing shows directly, without the need for the wristband. The shows were available for purchase and download via Live Nation, Bruce Springsteen's concert promoter, priced at $9.99 for MP3 and $14.99 for FLAC. Audio recordings for 31 of the 34 High Hopes Tour dates (all except 16 Feb 2014, 06 Apr 2014, and 03 May 2014) were released as such and they were available until 30 Jun 2014.

On 17 Nov 2014, Live.BruceSpringsteen.net was launched. It's a new addition to the official website, serving as an online store offering high-quality live concert recordings as well as high-resolution digital releases of Springsteen's album catalog. The download store is powered by Nugs.net in cooperation with Columbia Records. Audio recordings for 30 of the 34 High Hopes Tour dates (all except 16 Feb 2014, 06 Apr 2014, 03 May 2014, and 18 May 2014) were re-released on the new download store in multiple formats, including MP3, lossless CD-quality FLAC or ALAC, and 24-bit HD FLAC or ALAC, as well as audio CD-R with custom artwork.

ShowOriginal releaseSecond release
26 Jan 2014 at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South AfricaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
28 Jan 2014 at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South AfricaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
29 Jan 2014 at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South AfricaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
01 Feb 2014 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South AfricaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
05 Feb 2014 at Perth Arena, Perth, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
07 Feb 2014 at Perth Arena, Perth, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
08 Feb 2014 at Perth Arena, Perth, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
11 Feb 2014 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
12 Feb 2014 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
15 Feb 2014 at AAMI Park, Melbourne, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
16 Feb 2014 at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia(not released)(not released)
19 Feb 2014 at Allphones Arena, Sydney, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
22 Feb 2014 at Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
23 Feb 2014 at Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
26 Feb 2014 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
01 Mar 2014 at Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland, New ZealandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
02 Mar 2014 at Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland, New ZealandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
06 Apr 2014 at Old Reunion Arena Site, Dallas, TX(not released)(not released)
08 Apr 2014 at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OHMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
12 Apr 2014 at Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
15 Apr 2014 at Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OHMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
17 Apr 2014 at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TNMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
19 Apr 2014 at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NCMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
22 Apr 2014 at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
24 Apr 2014 at PNC Arena, Raleigh, NCMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
26 Apr 2014 at Aaron's Amphitheatre At Lakewood, Atlanta, GAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
29 Apr 2014 at BB&T Center, Sunrise, FLMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
01 May 2014 at Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FLMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
03 May 2014 at New Orleans Fairgrounds, New Orleans, LA(not released)(not released)
06 May 2014 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TXMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
13 May 2014 at Times Union Center, Albany, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
14 May 2014 at Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
17 May 2014 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CTMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLACMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
18 May 2014 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CTMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC(not released)

Audio recordings for all 75 The River Tour 2016 dates were also released on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net in multiple formats, including MP3, lossless CD-quality FLAC or ALAC, and 24-bit HD FLAC or ALAC, as well as audio CD-R with custom artwork. Each show was generally released within a month after it took place.

ShowRelease
16 Jan 2016 at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
19 Jan 2016 at United Center, Chicago, ILMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
27 Jan 2016 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
29 Jan 2016 at Verizon Center, Washington, DCMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
31 Jan 2016 at Prudential Center, Newark, NJMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
02 Feb 2016 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, CanadaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
04 Feb 2016 at TD Garden, Boston, MAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
08 Feb 2016 at Times Union Center, Albany, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
10 Feb 2016 at XL Center, Hartford, CTMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
12 Feb 2016 at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
16 Feb 2016 at BB&T Center, Sunrise, FLMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
18 Feb 2016 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
21 Feb 2016 at KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
23 Feb 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OHMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
25 Feb 2016 at First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
27 Feb 2016 at Blue Cross Arena At The War Memorial, Rochester, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
29 Feb 2016 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MNMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
03 Mar 2016 at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WIMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
06 Mar 2016 at Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MOMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
10 Mar 2016 at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
13 Mar 2016 at Oakland Arena, Oakland, CAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
15 Mar 2016 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
17 Mar 2016 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
19 Mar 2016 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
22 Mar 2016 at Moda Center, Portland, ORMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
24 Mar 2016 at KeyArena At Seattle Center, Seattle, WAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
28 Mar 2016 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
31 Mar 2016 at Pepsi Center, Denver, COMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
03 Apr 2016 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OKMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
05 Apr 2016 at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TXMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
07 Apr 2016 at Sprint Center, Kansas City, MOMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
12 Apr 2016 at Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OHMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
14 Apr 2016 at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MIMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
18 Apr 2016 at Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
20 Apr 2016 at Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MDMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
23 Apr 2016 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
25 Apr 2016 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
14 May 2016 at Camp Nou, Barcelona, SpainMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
17 May 2016 at Estadio Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastian, SpainMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
19 May 2016 at Bela Vista Park, Lisbon, PortugalMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
21 May 2016 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, SpainMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
25 May 2016 at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, EnglandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
27 May 2016 at Croke Park, Dublin, IrelandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
29 May 2016 at Croke Park, Dublin, IrelandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
01 Jun 2016 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, ScotlandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
03 Jun 2016 at Ricoh Arena, Coventry, EnglandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
05 Jun 2016 at Wembley Stadium, London, EnglandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
14 Jun 2016 at Malieveld, The Hague, The NetherlandsMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
17 Jun 2016 at Olympiastadion, Munich, GermanyMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
19 Jun 2016 at Olympiastadion, Berlin, GermanyMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
22 Jun 2016 at Telia Parken, Copenhagen, DenmarkMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
25 Jun 2016 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, SwedenMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
27 Jun 2016 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, SwedenMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
29 Jun 2016 at Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
03 Jul 2016 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, ItalyMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
05 Jul 2016 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, ItalyMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
09 Jul 2016 at Festival Park, Werchter, BelgiumMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
11 Jul 2016 at Accorhotels Arena, Paris, FranceMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
13 Jul 2016 at Accorhotels Arena, Paris, FranceMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
16 Jul 2016 at Circus Maximus, Rome, ItalyMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
20 Jul 2016 at Casa Arena, Horsens, DenmarkMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
23 Jul 2016 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, SwedenMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
26 Jul 2016 at Granasen Arena, Trondheim, NorwayMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
28 Jul 2016 at Frogner Parken, Oslo, NorwayMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
31 Jul 2016 at Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich, SwitzerlandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
23 Aug 2016 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
25 Aug 2016 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
28 Aug 2016 at United Center, Chicago, ILMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
30 Aug 2016 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
01 Sep 2016 at Nationals Park, Washington, DCMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
05 Sep 2016 at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
07 Sep 2016 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
09 Sep 2016 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
11 Sep 2016 at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
14 Sep 2016 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R

Audio recordings for all 14 Summer '17 Tour dates were also released on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net in multiple formats, including MP3, lossless CD-quality FLAC or ALAC, and 24-bit HD FLAC or ALAC, as well as audio CD-R with custom artwork. Each show was generally released within a month after it took place.

ShowRelease
22 Jan 2017 at Perth Arena, Perth, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
25 Jan 2017 at Perth Arena, Perth, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
27 Jan 2017 at Perth Arena, Perth, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
30 Jan 2017 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
02 Feb 2017 at AAMI Park, Melbourne, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
04 Feb 2017 at AAMI Park, Melbourne, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
07 Feb 2017 at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
09 Feb 2017 at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
11 Feb 2017 at Hanging Rock, Macedon, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
14 Feb 2017 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
16 Feb 2017 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
18 Feb 2017 at Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
21 Feb 2017 at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New ZealandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
25 Feb 2017 at Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland, New ZealandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R

Archival releases were periodically released on the same site, as part of the Bruce Springsteen Archive Series. These shows were also made available in multiple formats, including MP3, lossless FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit FLAC or ALAC, DSD, and audio CD-R. So far 11 shows were released from the ongoing series.

ShowRelease dateFormats
09 Mar 2012 at Apollo Theater, New York City, NY17 Nov 2014MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
09 Aug 1978 at The Agora, Cleveland, OH23 Dec 2014MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/192kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
31 Dec 1975 at Tower Theater, Philadelphia, PA10 Feb 2015MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/192kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
31 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY25 Mar 2015MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/192kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
05 Aug 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ13 May 2015MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/192kHz FLAC or ALAC, DSD, CD-R
23 Apr 1988 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA08 Jul 2015MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/192kHz FLAC or ALAC, DSD, CD-R
31 Jul 2005 at Value City Arena, Columbus, OH25 Sep 2015MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/96kHz FLAC or ALAC, DSD, CD-R
11 Jul 2013 at Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome, Italy11 Nov 2015MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/192kHz FLAC or ALAC, DSD, CD-R
05 Nov 1980 at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ24 Dec 2015MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/96kHz FLAC or ALAC, CD-R
16 and 17 Nov 1990 at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA01 Jun 2016MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/192kHz FLAC or ALAC, DSD, CD-R
22 Nov 2009 at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY23 Dec 2016MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, DSD, CD-R
23 Aug 2008 at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO14 Apr 2017MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC, DSD, CD-R

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help. Some of the above info about the 09 Aug 1978 concert is taken from Brucebase.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BACKSTREETS on this website:

BACKSTREETS [Album version]
BACKSTREETS [Unofficial studio version 1]
BACKSTREETS [Unofficial studio version 2]
BACKSTREETS [Unofficial studio version 3]
BACKSTREETS [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 22 Aug 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 29 Sep 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 30 Sep 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 09 Oct 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 25 Oct 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 28 Oct 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 29 Oct 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 30 Oct 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 02 Nov 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 03 Nov 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 04 Nov 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 13 Feb 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 22 Feb 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 06 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 13 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 19 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 22 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 23 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 24 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 25 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 31 Dec 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 23 May 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 31 May 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 09 Jun 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 16 Jun 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 04 Aug 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 09 Aug 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 01 Sep 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 30 Sep 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 15 Dec 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 19 Dec 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 20 Dec 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 28 Dec 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 31 Dec 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 01 Jan 1979 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 28 Aug 1981 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 25 Aug 1984 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 13 Jun 1985 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 21 Jun 1985 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 17 Mar 1988 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 20 Mar 1988 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 23 Apr 1988 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 03 May 1988 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 21 Feb 1995 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 31 Jan 1998 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 15 Mar 1999 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 01 Jul 2000 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 16 Sep 2003 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 22 Nov 2005 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 17 Oct 2007 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 22 Apr 2008 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 21 Jul 2009 version]

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