Bruce Springsteen is dusting off his catalog once again, as he and the E Street Band have announced two more full album performances this coming weekend at Madison Square Garden. On Nov. 7, the group will play the 1973 album "The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle" in its entirety for the first time; on Nov. 8 they'll do the 1980 double record "The River" from beginning to end for the first time.
Bruce and his boys have been playing their albums in full for their fall 2009 tour and it has been a huge success. I watched their performance at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN and I was literally blown away at how hard that guy still rocks!
We as a city are actually the ones that convinced the band that it was worth doing albums in their entirety as a live show, according to Springsteen's manager, Jon Landau. "The audience was so supportive of the concept that it convinced us to go ahead with this" Landau stated.
Springsteen and company are in the midst of a fall tour that wraps up on Nov. 22 in Buffalo, N.Y. The band appeared last weekend at Madison Square Garden as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert.
According to a report in the New York Post, Springsteen is also working on his autobiography which is expected to fetch a multi-million dollar publishing deal when it goes to auction.
I think this is a great marketing tactic because they are playing music that their fans are already familiar with and probably miss to a certain degree. It's a great concept that not many acts do, and I think it sort of adds a nostalgic element to the live show, that wouldn't necessarily normally be there otherwise. It brings the audience back to the time when that album may have been one of their favorites.