Bruce Springsteen 1979 No Nukes Concerts, With E Street Band: Film Due

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Max Weinberg performing “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) at the 1979 No Nukes concerts

Sony Music Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of a new Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band film, The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts. A composite of two performances 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 film will give audiences the chance to witness performances that marked the rise of the future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

Very little filmed footage of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band is available from this era, so the film will be 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.

The poster for the 1980 concert film, No Nukes

The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts features remixed and remastered audio and was edited from the original 16mm film by longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny. Sony Music’s Premium Content Division is handling global distribution and the film will be released later this year.

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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