MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY

Live 31 Dec 1980 version


Bring it down, band!

Now, I just came here tonight to say...
I just wanna say...
I just wanna say...

Merry Christmas baby, you surely treat me nice
Come on, merry Christmas baby, you surely treat me nice
I feel just like I'm living, living in paradise

Now listen
Now you see, I feel real good tonight
And I got music on the radio
And I feel real good tonight
And I got music on the radio
And the boys in the band are playing pretty good!
Now, I feel just like I wanna kiss you
Underneath my mistletoe

But now listen
Santa came down chimney, half past three
With lots of nice little presents for my baby and me
Merry Christmas baby, you surely treat me nice
And I feel like I'm living, just living in paradise
Come on boys!

Well now, Santa came down chimney, half past three
With lots of nice little presents for my baby and me
Merry Christmas baby, you surely treat me nice
I feel like I'm living, I'm living in paradise

And I just came down to say
Merry Christmas baby
I just wanna say, merry Christmas baby
I just wanna say, merry Christmas baby
I just wanna say, merry Christmas baby
And happy New Year, too!
Oh yeah!
Play it boys, go!
Merry Christmas
Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-happy New Year
Ohhhh!

Oh yeah!
Merry Christmas baby!


Info

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY is a song originally released by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers in 1947. See the original Johnny Moore's Three Blazers version for more details.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY has been covered by many recording artists including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band whose live 31 Dec 1980 version of the song was released in November 1986 as the B-side to the WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]. See the "Official Releases" section below for more details.

Live 31 Dec 1980 version

The above lyrics are for the live 31 Dec 1980 performance of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, during The River Tour. The song was played in its E Street Band arrangement.

The 31 Dec 1980 Show

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band rounded up the 1980 leg of The River Tour with three concerts at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on 28, 29, and 31 Dec 1980. The three shows were recorded live in the Record Plant Remote Truck by Toby Scott, assisted by David Bianco and Jim Scott, and later became one of the main sources for the Live/1975-85 box set which includes six recordings from these shows. Four additional recordings were released as B-sides and on compilation albums.

Clocking in at almost four hours of music with 38 songs performed, the 31 Dec 1980 show is one of the longest performances that Bruce Springsteen has given. The legendary New Year's Eve concert has a long history on bootlegs, first on vinyl and later on CD. Both soundboard and audience recordings have long circulated among collectors, in addition to about fourteen minutes worth of amateur film footage shot from the audience.

Ticket stub for the 31 Dec 1980 show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
Ticket stub for the 31 Dec 1980 show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

In March 2015 the complete 31 Dec 1980 concert was officially released on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net (see the "Official Live Downloads" section below for more details). The 24-track master tapes that were recorded live in the Record Plant Remote Truck were mixed by Toby Scott, assisted by Rob Lebret, at Thrill Hill and mastered by Adam Ayan at Bob Ludwig's Gateway Mastering Studios in March 2015. They were meticulously transferred and restored 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. The audio quality of this transfer surpasses all previously available bootlegs of the show.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980

  1. NIGHT
  2. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. INDEPENDENCE DAY
  6. WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN
  7. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
  8. THE PROMISED LAND
  9. OUT IN THE STREET
  10. RACING IN THE STREET
  11. THE RIVER
  12. BADLANDS
  13. THUNDER ROAD
  14. CADILLAC RANCH
  15. SHERRY DARLING
  16. HUNGRY HEART
  17. MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY
  18. FIRE
  19. CANDY'S ROOM
  20. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  21. 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
  22. RENDEZVOUS
  23. FADE AWAY
  24. THE PRICE YOU PAY
  25. WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY
  26. TWO HEARTS
  27. RAMROD
  28. YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)
  29. HELD UP WITHOUT A GUN
  30. IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR
  31. AULD LANG SYNE
  32. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  33. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN
  34. JUNGLELAND
  35. BORN TO RUN
  36. DETROIT MEDLEY
  37. TWIST AND SHOUT
  38. RAISE YOUR HAND

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

Official Releases

The live 31 Dec 1980 version MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was released in November 1986 as the B-side to WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]. This was the lead single from the Live/1975-85 box set.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

7" single - CBS (BA 3504) - Australia, 1986

This Australian pressing was exported to New Zealand in Epic company sleeves.

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

7" single - Columbia (38 06432) - Canada, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

12" EP - CBS (650193 6) - Greece, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
A2- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
B1- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

7" single - CBS (650193 7) - Holland, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

12" EP - CBS (650193 6) - Holland, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
A2- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
B1- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

7" single - CBS (650193 7) - Ireland, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

7" single - CBS (650193 7) - Italy, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

7" single - CBS / Sony (07SP 1000) - Japan, 1985

Comes with a picture insert. Promotional copies have regular stock orange labels with "NOT FOR SALE / SAMPLE" (in Japanese) printed above the catalogue number.

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "War / Merry Christmas Baby"
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "War / Merry Christmas Baby"

7" single - CBS (CS-10154) - Philippines, 1986

Comes in a die-cut CBS company sleeve.

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

7" single - CBS (650193 7) - Portugal, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

7" single - CBS (650193 7) - Spain, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

12" EP - CBS (650193 6) - Spain, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
A2- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
B1- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

7" single - CBS (650193 7) - UK, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

12" EP - CBS (650193 6) - UK, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
A2- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
B1- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

12" EP - CBS (650193 8) - UK, 1986

This limited issue comes in a fold-out poster sleeve.

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
A2- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
B1- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

7" single - Columbia (38-06432) - USA, 1986

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "War / Merry Christmas Baby"
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "War / Merry Christmas Baby"

7" single - Columbia (13-68705) - USA, 1988

Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series reissue, comes in a "Hall Of Fame" company sleeve.

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "War / Merry Christmas Baby"
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "War / Merry Christmas Baby"

7" single - Columbia (13-68705) - USA, late 1980's

Collectables reissue, comes in a Collectables company sleeve.

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
B1- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]

In 1987 the live 31 Dec 1980 version MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was included on the various artists benefit album A Very Special Christmas. The song was also included on a promo-only EP commemorating the first release anniversary of the benefit album. A Very Special Christmas is the first in an ongoing series of Christmas music compilation albums featuring songs performed by artists from a variety of genres and benefiting the Special Olympics organization. The series was the brainchild of music producer Jimmy Iovine and the idea of the record benefiting Special Olympics was suggested by Iovine's wife Vicki, as she was a volunteer for the organization. Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, the founders of A&M Records, along with Bobby Shriver, helped the Iovines realize the project. Since the release of the first album in 1987, the series has raised over $100 million for Special Olympics, more than any other benefit series.

Various artists -- A Very Special Christmas
Various artists -- A Very Special Christmas

LP - A&M (SP-3911) - USA, 1987
CD - A&M (CD 3911 DX 2159) - USA, 1987
Cassette single - A&M (CS-3911) - USA, 1987

The album was also issued internationally.
Various artists -- "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) / Merry Christmas Baby / Back Door Santa / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa"
Various artists -- "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) / Merry Christmas Baby / Back Door Santa / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa"

12" EP - A&M (871 169-1) - Holland, 1988

The disc was pressed in West Germany.

A1- U2: CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)
A2- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
B1- Bon Jovi: BACK DOOR SANTA
B2- John Cougar Mellencamp: I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS
Various artists -- A Very Special Christmas
Various artists -- A Very Special Christmas

12" EP - A&M (MX-71301) - Australia, 1988

This was pressed on both black and red vinyl, each reportedly limited to 300 copies.

A1- U2: CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)
A2- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
B1- Bon Jovi: BACK DOOR SANTA
B2- John Cougar Mellencamp: I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS

In addition to its release on A Very Special Christmas, the live 31 Dec 1980 version of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was included on a number of various artists Christmas themed albums.

Various artists -- Sampler Claus: A Columbia Stocking Stuffer
Various artists -- Sampler Claus: A Columbia Stocking Stuffer

CD - Columbia (CSK 4900) - USA, 1992

Promotional album.
Various artists -- The Return Of Sampler Claus: Hits From The North Pole
Various artists -- The Return Of Sampler Claus: Hits From The North Pole

CD - Columbia (CSK 6666) - USA, 1994

Promotional album, also includes Bruce Springsteen's cover of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version].
Various artists -- Superstar Christmas
Various artists -- Superstar Christmas

CD - Epic (EK 68750) - USA, 1997
Various artists -- The Christmas Album: 40 Essential Christmas Crackers
Various artists -- The Christmas Album: 40 Essential Christmas Crackers

2-CD - Sony Music TV / Warner.ESP / Global TV (RADCD 113) - UK, 1998
Various artists -- The Christmas Album: 43 Essential Christmas Crackers
Various artists -- The Christmas Album: 43 Essential Christmas Crackers

2-CD - Sony Music TV / Warner.ESP / Global TV (RADCD152X) - UK, 1998
Various artists -- Christmas Hits: 50 Festive Favourites
Various artists -- Christmas Hits: 50 Festive Favourites

2-CD - BMG Entertainment ‎(HITSCDX01) - UK, 2001
Various artists -- Sampler Claus 2006
Various artists -- Sampler Claus 2006

CD - Columbia (88697 01961 2) - USA, 2006

Promotional album, also includes Bruce Springsteen's cover of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version].
Various artists -- Platinum Christmas III
Various artists -- Platinum Christmas III

CD - Sony BMG (88697-02515-2) - Canada, 2006

Other versions of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009
The live 22 Nov 2009 version of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was released on the HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009 official live download in 2016.

Live History: on-tour

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was performed 3 times during The River Tour (138 dates, October 1980 to September 1981); these were the three shows in Uniondale, NY, that rounded up the 1980 leg of the tour. The song was played in its E Street Band arrangement. The live 31 Dec 1980 version of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was released as a B-side in 1986 (see the "Official Releases" section above for more details).

  1. 28 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  2. 29 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  3. 31 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was performed once during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009), on 22 Nov 2009 in Buffalo, NY (the tour's final date). The live 22 Nov 2009 version of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was released on the HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009 official live download in 2016.

  1. 22 Nov 2009 at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY

Live History: off-tour

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was performed off-tour on 20 Dec 1994 at Tradewinds in Sea Bright, NJ, during a guest appearance with Tim McLoone's Holiday Express.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was performed off-tour on 16 Dec 1997 at McLoone's Rum Runner in Sea Bright, NJ, with Bobby Bandiera, during Springsteen's annual Christmas party.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was performed off-tour on 15 Dec 2001 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, during a guest appearance with Tim McLoone's Holiday Express.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was performed off-tour on 11 Dec 2002 at Rockefeller Center in New York City, NY, during a TV appearance on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. The song was played in its E Street Band arrangement and also featured Conan O'Brien helping out on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. See the live 11 Dec 2002 version for more details.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was performed off-tour on 19 Dec 2004 at Harry's Roadhouse in Asbury Park, NJ, during the second of the two holiday jam shows that took place that day.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was performed off-tour on 22 Dec 2008 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during a guest appearance at Bobby Bandiera's Hope Concert. Bruce Springsteen performed the song backed by Bobby Bandiera's band.

  1. 20 Dec 1994 at Tradewinds, Sea Bright, NJ
  2. 16 Dec 1997 at McLoone's Rum Runner, Sea Bright, NJ
  3. 15 Dec 2001 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  4. 11 Dec 2002 at Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY
  5. 19 Dec 2004 (late show) at Harry's Roadhouse, Asbury Park, NJ
  6. 22 Dec 2008 at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY was performed during both 2000 Asbury Park holiday shows, all five 2003 Asbury Park holiday shows, and one of the three 2003 Asbury Park holiday shows. These concerts were billed as "Bruce Springsteen with The Max Weinberg 7 and Friends", with The Max Weinberg 7 serving as the house band, and Springsteen bringing guests on and off the stage throughout the shows.

  1. 17 Dec 2000 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  2. 18 Dec 2000 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  3. 03 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  4. 04 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  5. 06 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  6. 07 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  7. 08 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  8. 08 Dec 2003 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help. Thanks Massimo Truchet for the help on some of the official releases.

Request

Please contact me if you have scans for or info about any official release containing the live 31 Dec 1980 version of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY that's not mentioned on this page. I also need scans for:

  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "War / Merry Christmas Baby" || 7" single - Columbia (13-68705) - USA, late 1980's

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Available Versions

List of available versions of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY on this website:

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 11 Dec 2002 version]
MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Original Johnny Moore's Three Blazers version]

Page last updated: 09 Feb 2016