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Back At The Old Tower
'Label': Ev2
Format: 3CD
Source: Audience

Bruce Springsteen -
Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA.
May 17, 2005

Taper: George Wang <[email protected]>
Source: DPA4022 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Mogami interconnect > Edirol R-1 @ 24/44.1
Location: Sec ORCH RGT CENTER Row QQ Seat 125, 21st row stage left stack

Disc One:
01 Intro
02 My Beautiful Reward
03 Reason To Believe
04 Devils & Dust
05 Youngstown
06 Empty Sky
07 Intro / "Amazing Grace"
08 Black Cowboys
09 Intro / "Fabulous Tower Theater"
10 Iceman
11 Incident On 57th Street
12 Introduction
13 Part Man, Part Monkey
14 Maria's Bed
15 Silver Palomino
16 Reno
17 Introduction
18 Wreck On The Highway
19 Real World

Disc Two:
01 The Rising
02 Further On (Up The Road)
03 Intro / "Jesus Is My Homeboy"
04 Jesus Was An Only Son
05 Intro / "Windsurfer"
06 Leah
07 Introduction
08 The Hitter
09 Introduction
10 Matamoros Banks
11 Ramrod *
12 Land Of Hope And Dreams
13 The Promised Land
14 Dream Baby Dream
15 Outro Music

Disc Three (BONUS from G. Wang's master recordings):
01 Introduction / "Shut The Fuck Up"
02 The Wish
03 Paradise
04 I'm On Fire
05 Two Faces
06 Nothing Man
07 If I Should Fall Behind
08 Blinded By The Light
09 Wild Billy's Circus Story
10 Fade Away
11 Introduction
12 Santa Ana
13 Janey, Don't You Lose Heart
14 Drive All Night
15 Jesus Was An Only Son (no speech in middle)

* D2 Track11 has some audio problems

  • D3Tracks 1-4: May 19, 2005. The Theatre at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ.
  • D3Tracks 5-10: July 24, 2005. Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC.
  • D3Tracks 11-15: November 13, 2005. Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ.
  • D3Track 16: May 17, 2005. Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA. Speech removed from middle of the song.
  • Every show, every track from "George Wang"'s master recordings (thankyou!).


The only time ever "Iceman" has been played live. Tour premiere of "Ramrod".
These are all from George Wang's master recordings.


"Nice to see some things don't change: 30 years ago, touring for Born to Run, Springsteen played a four-night stand at Philly's Tower Theatre; tonight, as on the Ghost of Tom Joad tour, he returned to this nearly 80-year-old venue. "It's great to be back at the Tower," he said, adding that the alley out back had given him flashbacks. Of course, Springsteen's 2005 model is quite a different evening at the theater, and despite his usual penchant for his older tunes in Philly, Bruce played not a single song from that 1975 stand -- "Incident" was the only song in tonight's set that even dated back that far. But it's not like there wasn't anything for the aficionados: "This is something I recorded for the Darkness record, and have never played before... something special for the Tower." And with that, at the piano, he went into "The Iceman," the long-cherished outtake that finally surfaced on Tracks in 1998, here a live world premiere. We can exhale, as "Real World" finally returned to the set (where we hope it stays) as an audible. And a tour debut kicked off the encore, a reworking of "Ramod" on acoustic guitar and harmonica -- a light, upbeat arrangement that borrowed the tune from Nick Lowe's "Half a Boy and Half a Man." So though "Wreck on the Highway" stayed in, tonight wasn't quite as dark as the previous pair of arena shows. Not as much talk from Springsteen (could be he was biting his tongue -- it was a rowdy crowd), but lots of subtle musical differences (like a new intro to "Further On") keep the show moving forward as we near the end of the U.S. leg."

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