GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT

Live 20 Sep 1978 version


[Spoken intro:] Alright (chuckles). Gimme a little light. How you doing out there tonight? You ready tonight... No fooling around tonight. It's just me and you tonight. Here we go!

One, two, three, four

Well have you heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
Well have you heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
I'm gonna hold my baby as tight as I can
Tonight I'm gonna be a mighty (Clarence: mighty mighty man)
Have you heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

Well meet me my baby in behind the barn
Well I swear, I wanna do you no harm
Tonight I'm gonna put on my rockin' shoes
Tonight I'm gonna rock away all my blues
You heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

We're gonna rock
We're gonna rock
We're gonna rock
We're gonna rock
We're gonna rock all our cares away
Watch out now!

Have you heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
Well have you heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
I'm gonna hold my baby as tight as I can
Tonight I'm gonna be a mighty (Clarence: mighty mighty man)
(Clarence: have you heard the news), there's good rockin' tonight

Let's go!
Have you heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight, hey!
Have you heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
Have you heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
Once more!
Have you heard the news, everybody's rockin' tonight
Well have you heard the news, everybody's rockin' tonight
Well have you heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

Have you heard the news?


Intro

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT is a song originally released by Roy Brown in 1947. See the original Roy Brown version for more details.

Live 20 Sep 1978 version

The above lyrics are for the live 20 Sep 1978 performance of GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed a series of three concerts at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, on 19, 20, and 21 Sep 1978. The three shows were recorded live in the Record Plant Remote truck, both on multi-track and live-to-two track.

Promotional poster for the September 1978 three-night residency at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
Promotional poster for the September 1978 three-night residency at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
Ticket stub for the 20 Sep 1978 show at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
Ticket stub for the 20 Sep 1978 show at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)

Live History

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT is known to have been performed at least 17 times during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour (111 dates, May 1978 to January 1979). A few setlists from that period are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. The song was the show opener on all but the last (31 Dec 1978 in Richfield, OH) of the these known performances.

  1. 19 Aug 1978 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  2. 22 Aug 1978 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  3. 25 Aug 1978 at New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT
  4. 28 Aug 1978 at Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
  5. 30 Aug 1978 at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
  6. 01 Sep 1978 at Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, MI
  7. 03 Sep 1978 at Saginaw Civic Center, Saginaw, MI
  8. 06 Sep 1978 at Uptown Theatre, Chicago, IL
  9. 20 Sep 1978 at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
  10. 25 Sep 1978 at Boston Garden, Boston, MA
  11. 30 Sep 1978 at Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
  12. 10 Nov 1978 at St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY
  13. 09 Dec 1978 at Dallas Convention Center Arena, Dallas, TX
  14. 13 Dec 1978 at Tucson Community Center Arena, Tucson, AZ
  15. 16 Dec 1978 at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
  16. 19 Dec 1978 at Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR
  17. 31 Dec 1978 at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT is known to have been performed at least 4 times during The River Tour (138 dates, October 1980 to September 1981). A few setlists from that period are incomplete, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during The River Tour.

  1. 11 Oct 1980 at Uptown Theatre, Chicago, IL
  2. 18 Oct 1980 at Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO
  3. 28 Oct 1980 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
  4. 16 Feb 1981 at Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT was performed once during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008), on 21 Aug 2008 in Nashville, TN.

  1. 21 Aug 2008 at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT was performed once times during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009), on 01 Apr 2009 in San Jose, CA. That was the tour's first date.

  1. 01 Apr 2009 at HP Pavilion At San Jose, San Jose, CA

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT was performed once during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013), on 02 Sep 2012 in .

  1. 02 Sep 2012 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT was performed off-tour on 03 Jun 1979 at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA, during the wedding party for Marc Brickman (Springsteen's lighting director) and June Rudley (Springsteen's travel agent). Springsteen, along with members of the E Street Band, joined Ricky Lee Jones and Boz Scaggs for a three hour celebration, playing a mixture of classic covers and Springsteen originals.

  1. 03 Jun 1979 at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA

Available Versions

List of available versions of GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT on this website:

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT [Live 20 Sep 1978 version]
GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT [Live 30 Sep 1978 version]
GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT [Live 19 Dec 1978 version]
GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT [Live 31 Dec 1978 version]
GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT [Original Roy Brown version]

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