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Bruce Springsteen: Best Live Clips and Quotes

Updated on August 8, 2015

He once was Rock 'n' Roll's Future...

But he is still the Jersey Devil!
But he is still the Jersey Devil! | Source

Badlands (Live in Barcelona)

Bruce Springsteen Live!

I'm a Bruce Springsteen fan. Wikipedia says he's an American songwriter, singer and guitarist, who recorded and toured with the E Street Band.

"Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock infused with pop hooks, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centered around his native New Jersey. His eloquence in expressing ordinary, everyday problems has earned him numerous awards (...) along with a notoriously dedicated and devoted global fan base. His most famous albums, Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A. epitomize his penchant for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily life.

Springsteen's lyrics often concern men and women struggling to make ends meet. He has gradually become identified with progressive politics. Springsteen is also noted for his support of various relief and rebuilding efforts in New Jersey and elsewhere, and for his response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, on which his album The Rising reflects.

Springsteen's recordings have tended to alternate between commercially accessible rock albums and somber folk-oriented works. Much of his iconic status stems from the concerts and marathon shows in which he and the E Street Band present intense ballads, rousing anthems, and party rock and roll songs, amongst which Springsteen intersperses long, whimsical or deeply emotional stories..."

So here is my personal Top Ten of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live Clips, together with some quotes of "The Boss" aka "The Jersey Devil".

Thunder Road (1976)

Everything counts. Every person, every individual in the crowd counts to me. I see it both ways. There is a crowd reaction. But then I also think very, very personally, one to one with the kids. Because you put out the effort and then if it doesn't come through it's a breakdown. What I always feel is that I don't like to let people that have supported me down.

The River

For the first four years I had an attitude. I went into every place expecting it to be empty. So whoever was there was a big plus. I was glad they were there, and we played our best to whoever was there, always. You just don't lie back in this band, you know. That just don't happen. That's why people come down to see us - because something more is going to happen. Something - just somehow, some way.

Born To Run... a great Born in the USA Tour Compilation:

Chilling acoustic solo version of "Born In The USA"

That's what I thought about in the studio. I thought about going out and meeting people I don't know. Going to France and Germany and Japan and meeting Japanese people and French people and German people, meeting them and seeing what they think, and being able to go over there with something. To go over there with a pocketful of ideas or to go over there with just something, to be able to take something over. And boom! To do it!

Because the Night

The biggest gift that your fans can give you is just treating you like a human being, because anything else dehumanizes you. And that's one of the things that has shortened the life spans, both physically and creatively, of some om the best rock 'n' roll musicians - that cruel isolation.

4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band live at Hammersmith Odeon, 1975.

Incident on 57th Street

The Rising

Bruce Springsteen with the Pete Seeger Sessions Band - American Land, Live in Dublin.

You want people to see that you are a human being, and you are doing your best under difficult circumstances like everybody is. That's one of the things you want to communicate: 'Hey, it's tough, but keep going.'


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      music messenger 7 years ago

      Great hub! Thanks. Two best albums hands down - Darkness on the Edge of Town and Born To run! I voted for your hub. I have a review of Born to Run 30th Anniversary Edition and other music reviews on my hubs. Swing by and tell me what you think.

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      ewadfs 7 years ago from New Jersey

      One of the best live clips has to be the clip of the Philly Elvis from the recent tour. It's absolutely hysterical. I love when he goes "I have no idea where the F*ck he came from!"

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      Nemingha 8 years ago

      I am so glad to have found this hub as I have been a huge Bruce Springsteen since I was in my teens, some thirty-odd years. I don't have a favorite Bruce Springsteen song though, I just love each one as I hear it! Good work!

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      Patrick Bernauw 9 years ago from Flanders (Belgium)

      "Adam Raised a Cain" is from "Darkness On the Edge of Town" (1978) - for me, that is his greatest album, followed by "Born To Run".

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      My favorite Bruce song has always been "Adam Raised A Cane." So ballsy and powerful. Forget which album.

      Am I the only one who noticed that after Bruce got all buffed-out, his music lost its "ballsiness"?