Bruce Springsteen Releases New Year’s Eve 1980 Nassau Coliseum Concert
Bruce Springsteen's campaign to issue classic concerts from his archives now has its fourth offering. Last week, he released the New Year's Eve show from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
Known to bootleg collectors as Nassau Night, the 38-song concert, which can be purchased at his website, was recorded during the final gig of a three-night stand. In addition to the usual concert staples, Springsteen and the E Street Band spotlighted several songs from The River that would rarely be played on subsequent tours, including "Fade Away," "The Price You Pay" and "Wreck on the Highway." "The Price You Pay" contains a different third verse from the studio version.
Shortly before midnight, Springsteen killed a bit of time with a cover of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour," which was followed by "Auld Lang Syne."
Three songs from this concert have been previously available. "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" was found on the Live 1975-85 boxed set; "Rendezvous," a song he gave to Greg Kihn, received a home on the 1998 Tracks collection and "Held Up Without a Gun" came out on the bonus third disc of the Essential Bruce Springsteen compilation.
Nassau Night had also gained fame among Springsteen bootleg collectors as the longest show in his history. Not including the intermission, the New Year's Eve concert runs three hours and 47 minutes. That record stood until 2012, when he closed out his European tour by playing four hours and six minutes -- without leaving the stage -- in Helsinki, Finland.
Previous installments in this series include a special 2012 show at New York's Apollo Theater, the 1978 concert from the Agora in Cleveland and another New Year's Eve night, recorded at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pa. in 1975.
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