By Brian Ives
For years, his hardcore fans have hoped that Bruce Springsteen would open up his concert vaults to the public and release live recordings of all of his shows as many other artists (notably Pearl Jam) have been doing for years.
Today, it looks like their wishes have been granted: Live.BruceSpringsteen.net launched this afternoon with a never-before-released recording from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s show at New York’s Apollo Theater in 2012 from the beginning of Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour.
As of now, the site is offering every show from 2014’s High Hopes tour. Each show is available individually, on high-resolution 24-bit audio, MP3s, CD-quality downloads and custom CDs, and cost ranges by format. A box set of the entire tour is also available; the MP3 box will run you $249.99 while a physical CD box set is $499.99. The 2012 Apollo concert is offered as the one “From The Archives” selection.
Where many artists of Springsteen’s generation stick with a setlist through a tour, the E Street Band changed up their sets nightly, adding unusual covers to the sets throughout the tour. Some of those covers included Lorde’s “Royals,” INXS’s “Don’t Change,” War’s “Spill the Wine,” Van Halen’s “Jump” and AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell.” The 2014 tour was also notable in that Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave alumnus Tom Morello was part of the extended E Street Band touring unit.