IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY

Live 22 Nov 2009 version


[Spoken intro to Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. album performance:]

Good evening and thank you for filling these seats tonight! We've had a great, great, great couple of years -- we started in October 2007, the Magic record, and uh, really it's been just about the best time in, uh, our band's work life, and I want... Thank you for supporting our new music, our old music, our tours. As we got towards the end of the tour, we're trying to think of things we could do that would make our last nights special for our fans and for us, so we started to play our albums, and uh, of course we played Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Born To Run, we played the Wild and the Innocent, we played The River... but tonight! One time only! This was the miracle. (laughs) This was the record that took everything from way below zero to... one! And uh, big, big, big moment, big time. Um, hard to believe, but there was a guy at CBS Records named John Hammond, one of the great legends of uh, the then, the music production, who uh, invited me and my friend in straight off the streets of New York after my pal did what a lot of what must have been incredible talking (laughs), and uh, these were some of the songs we played that day as I sat across his desk, with just my acoustic guitar. So tonight, I'm gonna dedicate this to the man who got me in the door; Mike Appel's here tonight – Mike, this is for you!

[Performs BLINDED BY THE LIGHT]

[Performs GROWIN' UP]

[Performs MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS]

[Performs DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET]

[Performs LOST IN THE FLOOD]

[Performs THE ANGEL]

[Performs FOR YOU]

[Perfroms SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT]

[IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY:]

One, two, three, four!

Go!
I had skin like leather and the diamond-hard look of a cobra
I was born blue and weathered but I burst just like a supernova
I could walk like Brando right into the sun
Dance like a Casanova
With my blackjack and jacket and hair slicked sweet
Silver star studs on my duds like a Harley in heat
When I strut down the street, I could feel its heartbeat
The sisters fell back, said, "Don't that man look pretty"
Cripple on the corner cried out, "Nickels for your pity"
Them downtown boys sure talk gritty
And it's hard to be a saint in the city

I was the king of the alley, I could talk some trash
I was the prince of the paupers crowned downtown at the beggar's bash
I was the pimp's main prophet, I kept everything cool
Backstreet gambler with the luck to lose
And when the heat came down, it was left on the ground
The devil appeared like Jesus through the steam in the street
Showin' me a hand I knew even the cops couldn't beat
I felt his hot breath on my neck as I dove into the heat
And it's hard to be a saint when you're just a boy

And the sages of the subway sit just like the living dead
The tracks clack out the rhythm, their eyes fixed straight ahead
They ride the line of balance, hold on by just a thread
It's too hot in these tunnels, you get hit up by the heat
You get up to get out at your next stop, they push you back down in your seat
Your heart starts beatin' faster as you struggle to your feet
Then you're out of that hole, back up on the street

Them south side sisters sure look pretty
Cripple on the corner cried out, "Nickels for your pity"
Them downtown boys sure talk gritty
And it's hard to be the saint in the city
So hard, so hard
So hard, so hard
Whoa oh, whey oh
Whey oh, whey oh (whey oh, whey oh)
Whey oh, whey oh (whey oh, whey oh)
Whey oh, whey oh (whey oh, whey oh)
Hey!

[Spoken outro:] Greetings From Asbury Park!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 22 Nov 2009 performance of IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY, during the Working On A Dream Tour. The song was played in its traditional full-band arrangement.

On this show, Bruce Springsteen and the band played the entire Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. album from start to finish and in sequence.

The 22 Nov 2009 Show

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played their final Working On A Dream Tour show on 22 Nov 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. On this show, they played the entire Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. album from start to finish and in sequence. This was also Clarence Clemons' last show with the E Street Band.

Ticket stub for the 22 Nov 2009 show at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
Ticket stub for the 22 Nov 2009 show at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 22 Nov 2009 show at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 22 Nov 2009 show at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY

In December 2016 the complete 22 Nov 2009 concert was officially released on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net (see the "Official Live Downloads" section below for more details). The show was recorded by John Cooper and mixed by Jon Altschiller.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009

  1. WRECKING BALL
  2. THE TIES THAT BIND
  3. HUNGRY HEART
  4. WORKING ON A DREAM
  5. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
  6. GROWIN' UP
  7. MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS
  8. DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET?
  9. LOST IN THE FLOOD
  10. THE ANGEL
  11. FOR YOU
  12. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  13. IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY
  14. WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY
  15. THE PROMISED LAND
  16. RESTLESS NIGHTS
  17. SURPRISE, SURPRISE
  18. GREEN ONIONS
  19. MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY
  20. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN
  21. HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES
  22. BOOM BOOM
  23. MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN
  24. LONG WALK HOME
  25. THE RISING
  26. BORN TO RUN
  27. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  28. I'LL WORK FOR YOUR LOVE
  29. THUNDER ROAD
  30. AMERICAN LAND
  31. DANCING IN THE DARK
  32. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  33. (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER
  34. ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

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 or MQA, as well as audio CD-R with custom artwork. Nugs.net adopted the MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) format on 24 May 2017. From then on, all Bruce Springsteen live concert recordings, including the previously released ones, became also available in MQA.

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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
19 Jan 2016 at United Center, Chicago, ILMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
29 Jan 2016 at Verizon Center, Washington, DCMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
31 Jan 2016 at Prudential Center, Newark, NJMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
02 Feb 2016 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, CanadaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
04 Feb 2016 at TD Garden, Boston, MAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
08 Feb 2016 at Times Union Center, Albany, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
10 Feb 2016 at XL Center, Hartford, CTMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
12 Feb 2016 at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
16 Feb 2016 at BB&T Center, Sunrise, FLMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
18 Feb 2016 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
21 Feb 2016 at KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
23 Feb 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OHMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
25 Feb 2016 at First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
06 Mar 2016 at Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MOMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
13 Mar 2016 at Oakland Arena, Oakland, CAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
22 Mar 2016 at Moda Center, Portland, ORMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
31 Mar 2016 at Pepsi Center, Denver, COMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
05 Apr 2016 at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TXMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
07 Apr 2016 at Sprint Center, Kansas City, MOMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
12 Apr 2016 at Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OHMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
20 Apr 2016 at Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MDMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
23 Apr 2016 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
25 Apr 2016 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NYMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
14 May 2016 at Camp Nou, Barcelona, SpainMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
19 May 2016 at Bela Vista Park, Lisbon, PortugalMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
21 May 2016 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, SpainMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
25 May 2016 at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, EnglandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
27 May 2016 at Croke Park, Dublin, IrelandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
29 May 2016 at Croke Park, Dublin, IrelandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
01 Jun 2016 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, ScotlandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
03 Jun 2016 at Ricoh Arena, Coventry, EnglandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
05 Jun 2016 at Wembley Stadium, London, EnglandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
14 Jun 2016 at Malieveld, The Hague, The NetherlandsMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
17 Jun 2016 at Olympiastadion, Munich, GermanyMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
19 Jun 2016 at Olympiastadion, Berlin, GermanyMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
22 Jun 2016 at Telia Parken, Copenhagen, DenmarkMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
25 Jun 2016 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, SwedenMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
27 Jun 2016 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, SwedenMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
29 Jun 2016 at Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
03 Jul 2016 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, ItalyMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
05 Jul 2016 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, ItalyMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
09 Jul 2016 at Festival Park, Werchter, BelgiumMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
11 Jul 2016 at Accorhotels Arena, Paris, FranceMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
13 Jul 2016 at Accorhotels Arena, Paris, FranceMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
16 Jul 2016 at Circus Maximus, Rome, ItalyMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
20 Jul 2016 at Casa Arena, Horsens, DenmarkMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
23 Jul 2016 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, SwedenMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
26 Jul 2016 at Granasen Arena, Trondheim, NorwayMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
28 Jul 2016 at Frogner Parken, Oslo, NorwayMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
31 Jul 2016 at Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich, SwitzerlandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
23 Aug 2016 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
25 Aug 2016 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
28 Aug 2016 at United Center, Chicago, ILMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
30 Aug 2016 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
01 Sep 2016 at Nationals Park, Washington, DCMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
07 Sep 2016 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
09 Sep 2016 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
11 Sep 2016 at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
14 Sep 2016 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MAMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, CD-R
25 Jan 2017 at Perth Arena, Perth, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
27 Jan 2017 at Perth Arena, Perth, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
30 Jan 2017 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
02 Feb 2017 at AAMI Park, Melbourne, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
04 Feb 2017 at AAMI Park, Melbourne, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
07 Feb 2017 at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
09 Feb 2017 at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
11 Feb 2017 at Hanging Rock, Macedon, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
14 Feb 2017 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
16 Feb 2017 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
18 Feb 2017 at Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, AustraliaMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, CD-R
21 Feb 2017 at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New ZealandMP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, DSD, and audio CD-R. So far 17 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, 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 or MQA, DSD, CD-R
31 Jul 2012 at Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland23 May 2017MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, DSD, CD-R
20 Oct 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA13 Jul 2017MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, DSD, CD-R
07 Feb 1977 at Palace Theatre, Albany, NY04 Aug 2017MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, DSD, CD-R
08 Feb 1977 at Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY04 Aug 2017MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, DSD, CD-R
19 Mar 1996 at King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland01 Sep 2017MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/88.2kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, DSD, CD-R
08 Dec 1978 at The Summit, Houston, TX20 Sep 2017MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, DSD, CD-R
01 Jul 2000 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY06 Oct 2017MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, DSD, CD-R
03 Jul 1988 at Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden03 Nov 2017MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, DSD, CD-R
30 Apr 2006 at New Orleans Fair Grounds, New Orleans, LA01 Dec 2017MP3, 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC or ALAC, 24-bit/48kHz FLAC or ALAC or MQA, DSD, CD-R

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY on this website:

IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Album version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Unedited studio version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Unofficial studio version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [03 May 1972 demo version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 31 Jul 1973 (late show) version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 23 Nov 1974 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 02 Oct 1975 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 07 Apr 1976 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 25 Mar 1977 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 08 Dec 1978 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 01 Jan 1979 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 14 Sep 1981 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 26 Nov 1996 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 20 Jun 2000 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 07 Mar 2003 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 03 Aug 2005 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 22 Nov 2005 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 28 Jul 2008 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 22 Nov 2009 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 26 Feb 2014 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [Live 25 Feb 2016 version]
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY [David Bowie's cover version]

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