Great interview with Steven Van Zandt from 1985. He discusses his career up to going solo with the Disciples of Soul. Great information about the beginning of the whole Asbury Park Music scene. This is part 1 of 2 interviews.
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.
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.
Symphonic Springsteen Debut with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra was a smashing success! With over 2100 in attendance, it was a full room and a great celebration of Springsteen music performed in a unique format.
As a band, we had a fantastic time playing with the orchestra and working with conductor Pat Reynolds. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is a first class orchestra and was a honor and a pleasure to work with.
The creation of Symphonic Springsteen has been in the works for some time now and it was great to see it come to fruition in such a grand way.
Here are a Few Pictures from the event.
BRUCE IN THE USA – Symphonic Springsteen
Bruce In The USA — Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band — Launches Summer 2014 Tour, Debuts Symphonic Springsteen
Las Vegas, June 18, 2014/ PR Buzz News Wire/ — Bruce In The USA, now in its second decade earning its billing as The World’s Greatest Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, begins its Summer 2014 tour tomorrow in Bruce’s home state of New Jersey and will travel the Eastern US before setting off for Europe in September.
The tour will feature the July 4 debut of Symphonic Springsteen — the music of Bruce Springsteen arranged for symphony orchestra and band — with the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach. Performance will be on the 20th street stage at Virginia Beach, VA.
Bruce In The USA’s winter and spring schedule included a live performance on AXS TV’s Worlds Greatest Tribute Bands, broadcast from the famous Whiskey A Go Go club in Los Angeles. This summer, the band will travel as far North as Canada, South to Atlanta, West to Chicago and East to its special 4th of July performance of Symphonic Springsteen with the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach .
The Summer tour features more than 30 appearances before the band sets off for Europe — its fourth such trip — in September. The full schedule:
June 19 Voorhees Sumer Twilight Series – Voorhees, NJ
June 20 Levoy Theatre – Millville, NJ
June 21 Private Event Washington, DC
July 2 Lock 3 Live Akron, OH
July 3 Lillian Web Park Norcross, GA
July 4 The Symphony Orchestra Of Virginia Beach 20th street, Virginia Beach, VA
July 5 Tarara Winery Toast to The Tunes Leesburg, VA
July 6 Fager’s Island Ocean City, MD
July 12 The Magic Bag Detroit, MI
July 13 Roscoe Village Burger Fest Chicago, IL
July 19 Festival Italiana – “Summerfest Grounds” Milwaukee, WI
July 20 Festival Italiana – “Summerfest Grounds” Milwaukee, WI
July 23 Greg Frewin Theatre Niagara Falls, Canada
July 24 Edison Ballroom (Private Event) NY, NY
July 25 Blue Ocean Music Hall Salisbury, MA
July 26 Pickle Barrel Killington, VT
July 30 Tanner Park Copiague, NY
July 31 Chesapeake Beach Resort Chesapeake Beach, MD
Aug 1 Station Square Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 2 Widewater Beach Fest Stafford, VA
Aug 3 The Starboard Dewey Beach, DE
Aug 6 Claridge Hotel – Main Showroom Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 7 Claridge Hotel – Main Showroom Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 8 Claridge Hotel – Main Showroom Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 9 Claridge Hotel – Main Showroom Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 10 Claridge Hotel – Main Showroom Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 16 Douse The House – Benefit Concert Cleveland, OH
Aug 30 Matthews Alive Festival Matthews, NC
Aug 31 North Theatre Danville, VA
Sep 5 Freeman Stage Bethany Beach, DE
Sep 6 The Starboard Dewey Beach, DE
Sep 11 Europe Tour Holland, TBA
Come join Bruce In the USA and The Hadassah of Greater Baltimore on February 8th for a Rocking good time while Supporting Hadassah’s Research & Advocacy on MS, ALS, Heart Disease, Parkinson’s and other ailments that may benefit from Stem Cell treatments.