First of two acoustic concerts to benefit the Christic Institute. The Institute was a public interest law firm, founded in 1980. A stunning performance by Springsteen, including world premieres of "Red Headed Woman", "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)", "When The Lights Go Out" (all on the guitar) and "Real World" on the piano. Furthermore we get first time acoustic guitar versions of "Brilliant Disguise", "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", "Mansion On The Hill", "Reason To Believe", "My Father’s House", "Atlantic City", "Wild Billy’s Circus Story" (no tuba from Gary this time), and "Nebraska" (of course to follow "Wild Billy's Circus Story" – "Nebraska’s our next stop"). "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" is performed with Bruce alone on the piano for the first time. "Thunder Road" returns to the version last seen on the first leg of the Born To Run tour (with Bruce, not Roy Bittan on the piano). "My Hometown" gets its second acoustic hearing, this time on the piano, and not on the guitar as in 1988 on the S.O.S. Racism show. Highlight is the magnificent solo piano "Real World" - an inspired performance and one of Bruce's greatest. For encores Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne joins in on "Highway 61 Revisited" (Bruce on harmonica, Jackson on acoustic guitar, and Bonnie on tambourine) and "Across The Borderline" (previously performed on the Tunnel Of Love Tour) – this time with Jackson on the piano and Bonnie on the slide guitar – beautiful as always.
Official concert recording available for purchase in multiple formats, including CD and high definition audio, from Springsteen's official live download site at live.brucespringsteen.net.
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