You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) VLOG

You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) was written in 1979 and recorded in a great rockabilly version, August 24-25, 1979, for the shelved single album concept tentatively titled The Ties That Bind. As Bruce wrote more songs and expanded the concept, the number of songs grew to require two vinyl albums – and The River was born.


Bruce re-recorded the song in a new musical arrangement similar to the recently penned “Held Up Without a Gun”. The song made its live debut on October 7, 1980 at Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, OH, ten days before The River was released on October 17, 1980.

It was played at most shows during the 1980 and 1981 The River tour. It was played at one club show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, August 15, 1982, as guest of Cats on a Smooth Surface.

After not being played during the Born in the USA tour, Bruce performs it in an interesting acapella rendition, which includes a snapping solo, to open his set, headlining at the first Bridge Benefit concert, October 13, 1986, in Mountainview, CA.

November 10, 1986, notes the live release of the song, recorded on December 29, 1980 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on Live / 1975-85 album. As Bruce once again adds a horn section to the Tunnel of Love touring band, in a fantastic version built upon the original rockabilly version, which included big gang vocals, huge guitar, a “dance party”, with the likes of Patti Scialfa, Julianne Phillips Springsteen, and Cis Lofgren – flaunting across the stage as Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” riff plays a bridge to another chorus of gang vocals. Brilliant! It’s played at every show on the Tunnel of Love tour in 1988.

Nine years after it’s last performed with the band, Bruce puts it in his solo set in a stripped-down, acoustic version, at two back-to-back shows in France, May 18 & 19, 1997.

The River Tour

As Bruce puts the band back together for the Reunion tour, the song is back in its released arrangement, but only played infrequently. The song is back in the set on The Rising tour on October 7, 2002 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. It’s played only a few more times during the tour with its final performance being on June 12, 2003 at AOL Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

On the Devils & Dust tour, it’s performed only five times, late in the tour, in a dissonant piano version, layered in vocal delay. On the Seeger Sessions tour, the song is played in a vastly different—horn heavy—arrangement that is debuted for the open rehearsals and played at all except a few shows on the tour, with its final performance on November 18, 2006 at The Point in Dublin, Ireland.

Rehearsed during September 2007 rehearsals for the Magic tour and put in the set on October 10, 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. It’s played only three more times during the tour.

Again in the set just three times for the Working on a Dream tour, which included one time as part of a performance of the entire The River album, November 8, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. As with many songs, it’s played only a few times during the Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours, being played for a final time, May 18, 2014 in Uncasville, CT at the final show of the High Hopes tour.

You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) VLOG

“The Fever” Bruce Springsteen – by Mike Macaluso

“The Fever” was recorded on June 23, 1973, or possibly May 16, 1973 (according to 18 Tracks booklet) at 914 Studios (although, long rumored to have been recorded at WGOE Studios in Richmond, VA) as a publishing demo for Laurel Canyon Music.

The song was originally written in 1971 by Bruce Springsteen, this is a fact supported by the lyric sheet (titled “Fever for the Girl”), which is dated and is on display in the Hard Rock Cafe, Sydney Australia.

The lyrics on this sheet are an exact match. Mike Appel or Columbia executives “officially leaked” copies of the song, in tape form, of this recording to many radio stations.

It was debuted live on March 10, 1974 at Liberty Hall in Houston, TX, although it was performed the previous day on KLOL radio in Houston in an acoustic version. Played with Southside Johnny at three guest appearances in 1976 and 1977 and finally revived in Bruce’s own set on July 15, 1978 at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, TX where he played it often during August and December of that year.

“The Fever” was Played for the last time January 1, 1979 at Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland. “The Fever” is a nearly eight-minute soulful ballad recorded, and performed in concert as late as 1978. The studio recording of the song was even sent to a few radio stations in the mid-’70s that were early supporters of Bruce

Southside Johnny eventually cut a version of his friend’s song for his 1976 debut, I Don’t Want To Go Home. The recording by Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes was released on the Cover Me compilation album in 1989.

Finally, Bruce’s version is officially released in 1999 on 18 Tracks. Rehearsed during soundchecks for the 1999 / 2000 reunion tour, but performed only one time on the reunion tour on September 24, 1999 in Philadelphia, PA. It has also been recorded by Dean Ford, The Pointer Sisters, and Alan Rich.

The song made a surprise appearance on May 27, 2001at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, where Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes were celebrating the 25th anniversary of their legendary 1976 radio broadcast at the Stone Pony. After being left out of the set for the entire The Rising tour, the song is finally performed with Southside Johnny at The Hope Concert for Robert Bandiera, Jr. on April 29, 2003 at Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ.

It’s again played during both shows for the Holiday at Harry’s Roadhouse in Asbury Park, NJ on December 19, 2004. The early show was performed as a duet with Southside Johnny, while the late show featured Bruce alone on vocal. In a benefit show for the Rumson Country Day School on April 10, 2005 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, Bruce performed the song again… this time as a duet with Southside Johnny.

The song is placed in the set only one time during the Devils & Dust tour, on October 20, 2005 Worcester, MA. On the Working on a Dream tour, the song is played only one time, on April 28, 2009 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. Finally, a live recording of the song is released as part of The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, 3 CD / 3 DVD set.

It’s included on DVD #3- Thrill Hill Vault- Houston ’78 Bootleg House Cut, a never before seen concert recorded at The Summit in Houston, TX on December 8, 1978, which was released on November 16, 2010. Although the song was not played on the tour, proper, Bruce did play “The Fever” in a four-song pre-show, acoustic set on April 29, 2013, in Oslo, Norway, at the coaxing of, and with the help from members of the audience.

Bruce Springsteen’s “Blue Christmas”

Another Great Blog from Mike Macaluso, this one is about Bruce’s version of the Christmas classic, Blue Christmas.

Blue Christmas- “Blue Christmas” was written by Jay W. Johnson and Billy Hayes. It was first recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948. It was truly made popular by Elvis who recorded it in 1957 and released it on his blandly titled Elvis’ Christmas Album, and later as a single in 1964. It’s also been released in popular versions by Ernest Tubb, Johnny Mathis, the Beach Boys, Celine Dion, Michael Buble’, and Cindy Lauper.

Bruce Springsteen played the song for the first time with the Max Weinberg 7 at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ on December 17, 2000 in Asbury Park, NJ and again the next night at Bruce’s first stand of Holiday shows.
It won’t be played by Bruce for another ten years. Bruce performs the song in front of a small crowd of contest winners for a video shoot on December 7, 2010 at the Asbury Park Carousel House, to record live performances of various songs from the recently released set. The performance was included as part of the 30 minute streaming video titled, “Songs from the Promise,” that was made available to various streaming video sites around the world for less than three weeks, officially, ending availability on January 1, 2011.

For this one-time concert event, Springsteen and members of the E Street Band lineup—Clarence Clemons, Steve Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, and Gary Tallent—were joined by keyboardist Charles Giordano, a full horn section—Ed Manion, Barry Danielian, Curt Ramm, Clark Gayton and Stan Harrison—and special guest David Lindley, who played violin during the original recording sessions. Directed and edited by Zimny and mixed by Emmy-winner Bob Clearmountain, the concert features the only live E Street Band performance of the song. This live version of the song is released on May 3, 2011 as part of the single DVD / Blu-ray of The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.


Bruce Springsteen’s “Blue Christmas”


Springsteen and I Movie Review by Mike Macaluso

Thank you Mike for your review. I must note that it is I who has delayed this post due to our busy summer schedule. It is I who must apologize to you! This was ready two weeks ago. Sorry, Sully


Springsteen and I Movie Review by Mike Macaluso

Springsteen & I

I first must apologize to Sully for the delay in getting this review out. I’ve been mixing many terrible (and some good) bands and doing several corporate events, working 15 to 18 hour days. Thanks for your patience. Those awful bands are the reason why I appreciate doing sound for Bruce in the USA.

So… there is a documentary film about Bruce Springsteen in the movie theater? Actually, it’s more about the crazy fans of Bruce and his music and what it’s meant to them over the years.

The film was released in about 2000 theaters worldwide on July 22nd, with a “special” ticket price of $15. Most theaters did not dedicate a room to these limited showings, but displaced another film for a three-hour period. Some theaters had exactly zero patrons for the first showing. My first viewing had two others in attendance, and my second viewing had 21 ferocious Bruce Springsteen fans to share the film with, several of which had been to the Bruce in the USA show at the Mt. Dora, FL music festival, this past spring.

This British film marks the 40th Anniversary of Bruce’s first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ, and compiles self-produced clips from fans, live performances along with a few professionally produced segments, and an epilogue of several of the key characters in the film who were the contest winners.

Many of the love stories told by fans, for Bruce Springsteen the man and his music were touching, exciting and even reminiscent of stories we’ve heard in the past. The stories that spoke to me most were those of the Philly Elvis’ (Nick Ferraro) Working on a Dream tour story of being invited on stage by Bruce, and John Magnusson, a street musician in Copenhagen, Denmark, who had a street encounter with Bruce in 1988 and performed with Bruce to a small crowd. The non-fan who spoke of his experiences with his wife following Bruce around Europe, and taking him with her, was filled with witty banter There were two uncomfortable parts (at least for me)– the couple dancing to “Radio Nowhere” in their kitchen, for WAYYY too long on-screen, and the man in Jersey telling of what Bruce means to him and sobbing for over a minute on–screen. I do understand the sentiment, but WOW! Way too much.

For me the best parts were the rare live performances that were shown between segments, although all have been seen before (but I have most of them in better quality than those used in the film), except the longer segment of “Blood Brother” from July 1, 2000 in New York City that was used. The addition of the six songs from the 2012 Hard Rock Calling festival, that have been shown on the small screen was also a great highlight. It was great to see these big screen performances of “Thunder Road”, “Because The Night”, “Shackled And Drawn”, “We Are Alive”, “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist And Shout”.

In the end, for most, it’s the music that we are here for. Springsteen & I does capture the fanaticism of many Bruce fans, from the love of his music and lyrics, to how those songs in some way “saved their life” and even how they appreciate every aspect of Bruce – in my opinion going too far as some do with far too many actors, musical performers and other public figures. I would suggest that this film is something that those real Bruce fanatics could enjoy, just for the reminiscence of it; and every casual fan should view it to truly understand what the music and perhaps more of Bruce Springsteen can do and mean to them – if they choose to take on the challenge.

Springsteen and I Movie Review

Springsteen and I Movie Review by Mike Macaluso

4th Of July Asbury Park (Sandy) and Independence Day

Here is Mike Macaluso’s VLOG post for July. Mike talks about two songs in this post. First up is 4th Of July Asbury park (Sandy) then Independence Day. Another great post about a couple of Springsteen Classics.
Thanks Mike! Sully

On this Independence Day, I’ll be reading through the Declaration of Independence and listening to some fantastic music by Bruce Springsteen, including two songs that suggest a relation to this historic date. The best we can do on that from is that one of them takes place on July 4th. Nonetheless, they are fantastic songs.

Fourth Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy), was written by Bruce Springsteen, when he lived in a ‘garage apartment’ in Bradley Beach, NJ, after being evicted from his apartment above the hair salon. It was recorded during sessions at 914 studios in the summer of 1973. A few outtakes exist, including alternate lyrics and an instrumental version. The song is debuted live in June or July of 1973 after David Sancious joined the band. Released on The Wild, The Innocent, And The E Street Shuffle in September 1973. It’s released as a single in Germany only in 1974. In 1975, it’s released in an edited version on a compilation album from Holland called Rockwork. This is among the first of Bruce’s songs to be covered by another artist, when released by the Hollies in 1975. Played regularly on every tour through The River tour where it was played for the last time on September 8, 1981 at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago, IL. It’s not played again in the eighties, but eleven year later, the song returns to the set during the Human Touch / Lucky Town tour and continued to be played by Bruce on every E Street Band or solo tour which were played with the entire band, as well as solo, on acoustic guitar and electric piano. Unfortunately, each tour only highlighed this song a few times.

Released on:

The WIld, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle in 1973

Live / 1975 -85 in a version recorded December 31, 1980 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.

The studio version of the song is re-released on November 11, 2003 on disc 1 of the album The Essential Bruce Springsteen.

On November 15, 2005, the live show from Hammersmith Odeon in London, England on November 18, 1975 is released on DVD in the Born to Run 30th Anniversary box set, in which the song is included.

On February 28, 2006, the audio portion of the Hammersmith 1975 show is released in CD format.

On March 20, 2008, after taking time off for cancer treatment, Danny Federici is back to play the song… which is unfortunately the final time Danny will play with the E Street Band. This recording is released in audio and video on Magic tour highlights.

Independence Day was described by Bruce as, “kinda the b-side to ‘Adam Raised A Cain’.” The song was originally recorded for the Darkness on the Edge of Town album in September 1977 at the Record Plant in New York City. Bruce debuted the song in a slow, solo piano version on July 7, 1978 at The Roxy in Los Angeles, CA and played steadily on that tour. Re-recorded and released on The River in 1980, and also played steadily on that tour. Several outtakes of the song are known. During the Born in the USA tour, the song was played only a few times, but to great effect, including an acoustic version to open the July 4, 1985 Wembley Stadium show in London, England. It not played on the tours during 1988, 1992 or 1993, but after that, it’s played by Bruce on every E Street Band and solo tour which were played with the entire band, as well as solo, on acoustic guitar and electric piano. Unfortunately, each tour only highlighed this song a few times. (Sounds familiar, but NOT a typo.)

Released on:

The River album in 1980

Live/1975-85 in a version recorded July 6, 1981 at Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, NJ.