Bruce Springsteen Releases Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert Film Set

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Bruce Springsteen has released The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts, featuring performances with the E Street Band. A composite of two concerts shot during the 1979 MUSE (Musicians United For Safe Energy) benefit concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden, popularly known as the “No Nukes” concerts, the CD/film collection gives audiences the chance to witness performances that marked the rise of the future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. On Nov. 16, days before its November 19, 2021 release, he shared an extended “Making of” clip. Watch it below, as well as the E Street Band’s rousing performance of “Badlands” and one of “Sherry Darling” released in advance of the album, along with several audio performances of other classic rock favorites. The film has been released on 2-CDs with DVD, 2-CDs with Blu-Ray and 2-LP formats, via Sony Music Entertainment.

Watch the performance of “Badlands”

The “Making of” clip includes a recent interview with Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt, manager Jon Landau and filmmaker Thom Zimny. “It was just a certain peak moment in one of the many chapters of the band,” says Springsteen.

Watch the “Making of” video

Very little filmed footage of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band is available from this era, so the film is a rare opportunity to see the band give an explosive performance that became an instant classic. As of 1979, it was considered the highest quality and best recorded Springsteen show ever filmed.

Watch the official trailer for the new release

From the original Sept. 23 announcement: A composite of two performances captured during the multi-day ‘No Nukes’ concerts, the film packs the intensity of a marathon show into a crackling 90 minute run-time. Among the highlights are then-unreleased versions of “The River” and “Sherry Darling,” as well as live staples “Badlands,” “Born To Run” and “Thunder Road.”

Watch their performance of “Sherry Darling” and listen to “Thunder Road”

It also features covers of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” and a version of Maurice Williams’ “Stay” featuring special guests Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Rosemary Butler.

Listen to “Stay”

The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts Setlist

1. Prove It All Night
2. Badlands
3. The Promised Land
4. The River
5. Sherry Darling
6. Thunder Road
7. Jungleland
8. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
9. Born To Run
10. Stay
11. Detroit Medley
12. Quarter To Three
13. Rave On

Listen to an epic 12-minute version of “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” including Springsteen’s colorful intro of the band

The 2-CD set features 13 songs performed over two nights, that are newly remixed and remastered, in addition to a DVD or Blu-ray of the 13 song concert performance film, newly edited from original film footage, restored and remixed in HD. The package includes a 24-page book with rare photos and memorabilia, an essay, vintage ticket envelope, ticket reproduction and sticker.

The poster for the 1980 concert film, No Nukes

The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts was edited from the original 16mm film by longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny.

The concerts, which took place between Sept. 19-23 of that year, also featured performances by Jackson Browne, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, James Taylor and Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Gil Scott-Heron, the Doobie Brothers, Poco, Chaka Khan, Ry Cooder, and more, with frequent collaborations among the artists.

Browne, Graham Nash, Raitt and John Hall were the key organizers of the concerts. A 3-LP set was released in December 1979 on Asylum Records.

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A film of the concerts was released in May 1980.

Watch the trailer for the original theatrical film. (Starts 30-seconds in… )

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