TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Live 07 Aug 1976 version


[Spoken intro:] I knew you could make it! I knew you could make it. And now! We have a treat for you! Thankfully, we've got with us tonight, we got 'em from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Miami Horns! They're looking nice! Let's go do it! Miami Horns, go, one, two, three, four!

One, two, three, four!

Teardrops on the city
Bad Scooter searching for his groove
You can do it, one, two!
Seem like the whole world's walking pretty
You can't find the room to move
Big Man!
Everybody better move over, that's all
I'm running on the bad side
With my back to the wall

(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)

I was stranded in the jungle
Taking all the heat they were giving
Well, the night is dark and the sidewalk's bright
Lined with the light of the living
From a tenement window a transistor blasts
Turn around the corner things got real quiet real fast
I walked into a
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)

Well, I'm all alone, I'm on my own
[Clarence Clemons:] Well, kid, you'd better get the picture!
Well, I'm all alone, I'm on my own
And I can't seem to find my, my way back home
Now wait a minute, this is-
They made that change uptown
And the Big Man joined the band
From the coastline to the city
The little pretties raise their hands
They raised 'em high!
I'm gonna sit back right easy and laugh
When Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half, Big Man!
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Talking 'bout the
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Talking 'bout the
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Talking 'bout the, tell me
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Talking 'bout the, tell me
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Talking 'bout the, tell me
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
A little bit more!
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Whoa!

Say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say, say

Oh, yeah, it's all right
Oh, believe it

[Spoken outro:] The Miami Horns!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 07 Aug 1976 performance of TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT at Monmouth Arts Center in Red Bank, NJ, during what is known as The Lawsuit Tour. The song was played in a traditional full-band arrangement. It featured the Miami Horns quartet line-up #1: Carlo Novi (saxophone), Ed Manion (saxophone), Tony Palligrosi (trumpet), and Rick Gazda (trumpet). This foursome came from Southside Johnny's Miami Horns outfit during a break in Southside's touring schedule.

Some or all of this show was filmed in color, possibly by Barry Rebo. Video footage for the complete TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT was shown by Thom Zimny at the Rock 'n' Rock Hall Of Fame discussion in June 2009. Small sections of the song (above in bold) appear in The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town documentary in 2010.

Bruce Springsteen rehearsing TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT on 07 Aug 1976 at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ (from "The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town" DVD)
Bruce Springsteen rehearsing TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT on 07 Aug 1976 at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ (from "The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town" DVD)

This was the last of a six-night stand at Monmouth Arts Center.

Promotional poster for the August 1976 six-night stand at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
Promotional poster for the August 1976 six-night stand at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)
Promotional ad for the August 1976 six-night stand at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
Promotional ad for the August 1976 six-night stand at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)
Ticket stub for the 07 Aug 1976 show at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
Ticket stub for the 07 Aug 1976 show at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)

Despite the marvelous reception received by both Born To Run and the tour which followed, the relationship between Bruce Springsteen and his now former manager and producer Mike Appel was deteriorating. In July 1976 the storm broke; Mike Appel wrote to Springsteen saying that he would not allow Jon Landau (Springsteen's friend and co-producer of Born To Run) to produce the next album, citing a particular paragraph from their original agreement. Springsteen replied on 27 Jul 1976 by firing manager Mike Appel and suing him and his management company Laurel Canyon Ltd. in Federal Court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, breach of trust, and undue influence. Appel counter-sued on 29 Jul 1976 in New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to prohibit Springsteen and Jon Landau from working together in studio. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were slated to enter the studio that year for the recording of a new album, except that on 15 Sep 1976 the judge in the lawsuits case ruled that Springsteen was enjoined from any further recording with Columbia Records until Appel's suit was resolved. This would drag for about a year. Meanwhile, Springsteen continued gigging, and in the process broke his self-imposed rule of not playing the larger arenas. This was basically because he was not able to put a record out, and it was the only way his fans would be able to hear him at all. The tour became known as "The Lawsuit Tour" (62 know dates, August 1976 to March 1977).

The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town

The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town is a documentary that was produced for The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set. It was directed by Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The ninety-minute film combines never-before-seen footage of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978, including home rehearsals and studio sessions, with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members, manager Jon Landau, former manager Mike Appel, and others closely involved in the making of the record.

The documentary premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 14 Sep 2010 and also aired on HBO on 07 Oct 2010. It was first released on 16 Nov 2010 exclusively as part of the The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats (housed in a cardboard sleeve). It was then released separately on 03 May 2011, again in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats (housed in a DVD or Blu-Ray case).

Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2010 release)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2010 release)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2011 release)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2011 release)

Credits / References

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

Available Versions

List of available versions of TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT on this website:

TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Album version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Outtake version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 15 Aug 1975 (early show) version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 31 Dec 1975 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 07 Apr 1976 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 07 Aug 1976 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 22 Aug 1976 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 25 Mar 1977 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 08 Dec 1978 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 14 Sep 1984 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 17 Sep 1984 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 23 May 1988 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 16 Nov 1990 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 24 Jun 1993 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 05 Apr 1995 (Ed Sullivan Theater) version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 31 Jan 1998 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 15 Mar 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 18 Mar 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 29 May 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 03 Jun 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 11 Jun 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 15 Jun 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 17 Jun 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 24 Jun 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 11 Aug 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 24 Sep 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 23 Oct 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 27 May 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 03 Jun 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 12 Jun 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 17 Jun 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Jun 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 22 Jun 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 29 Jun 2000 / 01 Jul 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 09 Mar 2012 version]

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