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December 15 / East Rutherford, NJ / Continental Airlines Arena
Notes: Joining in at the Holiday Express Concert, only a week after the close of the Asbury Park holiday shows, Springsteen turned up midway through the Meadowlands show to perform his two biggest holiday go-tos once again. He even left the stage and strolled through the floor section on "Santa Claus." Other guests included Joe Piscopo, Bobby Bandiera and Gary "U.S." Bonds.
Setlist: Merry Christmas Baby/Santa Claus is Comin' to Town


ASBURY PARK HOLIDAY WEEK WRAP-UP
December 3 - 8, 2001 scroll down for reports from each night

In what we can only hope is now an annual event, Springsteen's Holiday Shows with the Max Weinberg 7 and Friends wrapped up in style on Saturday night, December 8. With five shows in six days, the concerts at Convention Hall spread not only a wealth of holiday cheer to Springsteen fans, but also a wealth of funds to the city of Asbury Park. Benefitting numerous local organizations and bringing a throng of fans to the city, this week was another major step out of the Ruins for Bruce's "adopted hometown." Springsteen spent a good deal of time each night introducing "My City of Ruins," encouraging everyone to patronize the downtown merchants, grab a sandwich at Michael's Deli, and don't forget the annual Clearwater Festival...

The concerts also brought the majority of the E Street Band back together. Only Roy and Steve were absent. And when the bill said "Friends," it wasn't kidding around-- as with last year's shows, numerous friends and members of the extended family got turns in the spotlight. Each night brought the Max Weinberg 7, Southside Johnny, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Garry Tallent, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Lisa Lowell, Soozie Tyrell, and the New Alliance Singers. Plus a bevy of friends and family in holiday costumes, joining in and throwing candy on the nightly closer, "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." Bobby Bandiera and Garland Jeffreys played 4 out of five nights, and the South Community Choir of Asbury Park opened two of the shows with gospel rave-ups. Bruce Hornsby shook up the last two shows quite nicely, and the final night featured very special guest Elvis Costello, as well as Jon Landau.

In addition to the Christmas songs and guest spotlights, much of the set consisted of pre-1975 Springsteen originals. Tunes like "Seaside Bar Song" (dedicated nightly to Domenic Santana of the Stone Pony) from Bruce's early years were quite appropriate for the A.P. setting, but it was still no less miraculous to hear them (especially with the MW7 horn section). The only thing more mind-boggling than getting stuff like "Thundercrack" and "Kitty's Back" on a nightly basis was the performance of Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing." I believe in miracles...

Thanks to everyone who attended our reception and dedication of the Springsteen Special Collection at the Asbury Park Library on Saturday, or sent their words of support. The collection consists of nearly 1,000 books and magazines donated by Backstreets subscribers from around the world. We believe the collection, covering all phases of Bruce's life and career, reflects our fan community's deep ties to Asbury Park, and our belief that music heritage can be a strong force in that community's future. We also believed that it was the largest such collection of written Springsteen history gathered in one place, until Saturday night-- at the December 8 show, Springsteen acknowledged and thanked those who turned up at the library and supported the project, and he announced the location of the only such collection that's bigger: his mother's basement. We'll happily settle for second place, and thanks to everyone who made it possible. With the Mayor of Asbury Park cutting the ribbon, it is officially open to the public. The entire collection is now available for use (for researchers, interested fans, etc.,) and a portion is also currently on display if you're in the area and want to take a quick look. The Asbury Park Public Library is at Grand and First Avenues, and we encourage you to stop by. Library hours are Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


December 8 / Asbury Park, NJ / Convention Hall
Notes: Night five of five. You got chocolate in my peanut butter! You got night three in my night four! An extra long show, as most of the week's guests--Jeffreys, Hornsby, the South Community Choir-- make encore appearances. Oh, and Elvis (Costello) was in the building. As was Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini, in the crowd). But Silvio, alas, was not.
Setlist:

  • He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (South Community Choir)
  • I've Got a Feeling Everything's Gonna Be Alright (South Community Choir)
  • Deck the Halls (horns)/Incident on 57th Street (Bruce on piano)
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Jam Up (Max Weinberg 7)
  • Christmas Day (Max Weinberg 7)
  • Thundercrack
  • Seaside Bar Song
  • Love (Stand Up) (Patti Scialfa)
  • Spanish Dancer (Patti Scialfa)
  • Welcome to the World (Garland Jeffreys)
  • New York Skyline (Garland Jeffreys)
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas/Spider Fingers (with Jingle Bells and White Christmas) (Bruce Hornsby)
  • End of the Innocence (co-written by Bruce Hornsby, both Bruces duet)
  • You Sexy Thing (everybody, Hornsby on accordian)
  • Allison (with Tracks of My Tears and Tears of a Clown) (Elvis Costello, with Bruce on harmony vocals)
  • This Time It's for Real (Southside Johnny)
  • Love On the Wrong Side of Town (Southside Johnny)
  • It's Been a Long Time (Southside Johnny)
  • Shine Silently (Nils Lofgren)
  • If I Should Fall Behind (Nils & Bruce)
  • Merry Christmas, Baby
  • E Street Shuffle (with "Move on Up")
  • Kitty's Back
  • Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) (Jon Landau and Elvis onstage)

  • My City of Ruins
  • Here Comes the Sun (Nils Lofgren solo)
  • I Don't Wanna Go Home (Southside Johnny)
  • Rosalita
  • Santa Claus is Comin' to Town


December 7 / Asbury Park, NJ / Convention Hall
Notes: Night four of five. Incident makes its first appearance of the run with Bruce (Springsteen) on piano. Bruce Hornsby helped bring new life to the middle of the show - You Sexy Thing was a real treat. We suspect Hornsby was behind that (if you havn't seen his live shows - you should.)
Setlist:

  • Deck the Halls (horns)/Incident on 57th Street (Bruce on piano)
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Jam Up (Max Weinberg 7)
  • Christmas Day (Max Weinberg 7)
  • Thundercrack
  • Seaside Bar Song
  • Love (Stand Up) (Patti Scialfa)
  • Spanish Dancer (Patti Scialfa)
  • Oh Come All Ye Faithful/Spider Fingers (with Jingle Bells)(Bruce Hornsby)
  • End of the Innocence (co-written by Bruce Hornsby, both Bruces duet)
  • You Sexy Thing (everybody, Hornsby on accordian)
  • This Time It's for Real (Southside Johnny)
  • Baby's Gone for Good (Southside Johnny)
  • It's Been a Long Time (Southside Johnny)
  • Star-Spangled Banner (Nils Lofgren)
  • If I Should Fall Behind (Nils & Bruce)
  • Merry Christmas, Baby
  • So Young and In Love
  • Kitty's Back
  • Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

  • My City of Ruins
  • Here Comes the Sun (Bobby Bandiera solo)
  • I Don't Wanna Go Home (Southside Johnny)
  • Rosalita
  • Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

December 6 / Asbury Park, NJ / Convention Hall
Notes: Night three of five. Another similar setlist, with the biggest change coming at the beginning: two songs with Bruce joined by the South Community Choir of Asbury Park. During Garland Jeffreys' songs, some "Brooocing" from the crowd clearly got under Springsteen's skin, spurring a "shut the fuck up"-style reprimand. Later, instead of "Black Books," Nils and Bruce joined forces for "If I Should Fall Behind." Maybe not many changes in the set, but "Kitty's Back" with those horns is alone worth the price of admission.
Setlist:

  • He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (with choir)
  • I've Got A Feeling Everything's Gonna Be Alright (with choir)
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Jam Up (Max Weinberg 7)
  • Christmas Day (Max Weinberg 7)
  • Thundercrack
  • Seaside Bar Song
  • Love (Stand Up) (Patti Scialfa)
  • Spanish Dancer (Patti Scialfa)
  • Welcome to the World (Garland Jeffreys)
  • New York Skyline (Garland Jeffreys)
  • This Time It's for Real (Southside Johnny)
  • Talk to Me (Southside Johnny)
  • It's Been a Long Time (Southside Johnny)
  • Shine Silently (Nils Lofgren)
  • If I Should Fall Behind (Nils & Bruce)
  • Merry Christmas, Baby
  • The E Street Shuffle (with "Move on Up")
  • Kitty's Back
  • Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

  • My City of Ruins
  • Here Comes the Sun (Bobby Bandiera solo)
  • I Don't Wanna Go Home (Southside Johnny)
  • Rosalita
  • Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

December 4 / Asbury Park, NJ / Convention Hall
Notes: Night two of five. Very similar to the first night, with a few notable differences in the main set. Yeah, just a handful of changes, but what a pair of time-travelin' rarities they brought. Rather than opening with the George Harrison songs, the concert began with a bit of "Deck the Halls" into "Wild Billy's Circus Story," featuring Garry Tallent on tuba. Toward the end of the main set, "The E Street Shuffle" took the place place of "So Young and in Love." Same performers as December 3, with Roy and Steve still the only E Streeters not present, and Southside Johnny back to celebrate his birthday. Serenaded with "Happy Birthday," Southside also switched one number, replacing "Love on the Wrong Side of Town" with "Talk to Me." Two down, three to go!
Setlist:

  • Deck the Halls/Wild Billy's Circus Story (Garry on the tuba)
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Jam Up (Max Weinberg 7)
  • Christmas Day (Max Weinberg 7)
  • Thundercrack
  • Seaside Bar Song
  • Love (Stand Up) (Patti Scialfa)
  • Spanish Dancer (Patti Scialfa)
  • Welcome to the World (Garland Jeffreys)
  • New York Skyline (Garland Jeffreys)
  • This Time It's for Real (Southside Johnny)
  • Talk to Me (Southside Johnny)
  • It's Been A Long Time (Southside Johnny)
  • Black Books (Nils Lofgren)
  • Shine Silently (Nils Lofgren)
  • Merry Christmas, Baby
  • The E Street Shuffle
  • Kitty's Back
  • Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

  • My City of Ruins
  • Here Comes the Sun (Bobby Bandiera solo)
  • I Don't Wanna Go Home (Southside Johnny)
  • Rosalita
  • Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

December 3 / Asbury Park, NJ / Convention Hall
Notes: The Return of the Holiday Show. Springsteen revisits the scene of last year's pair of Holiday shows for this year's first night of five, billed again as Bruce with the Max Weinberg 7 and Friends. As with last year's shows, Max's guys served as the house band, with Bruce bringing others in and out for a Boss Family Christmas celebration. Many of last year's "Friends" returned as well. In addition to the majority of the E Street Band (only Steve and Roy were M.I.A. at this first show), Southside Johnny, Bobby Bandiera and the Redheaded Women were back. A notable new "Friend" was Garland Jeffreys, getting two songs in the spotlight. The show began at 8:15 with a tribute to George Harrison, and ended roughly two and a half hours later with "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town."
Setlist:

  • Something (with Soozie Tyrell on fiddle)
  • My Sweet Lord
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Jam Up (Max Weinberg 7)
  • Santa Claus, Santa Claus (Max Weinberg 7)
  • Thundercrack
  • Seaside Bar Song
  • Love (Stand Up) (Patti Scialfa)
  • Spanish Dancer (Patti Scialfa)
  • Welcome to the World (Garland Jeffreys)
  • New York Skyline (Garland Jeffreys)
  • This Time It's for Real (Southside Johnny)
  • Love on the Wrong Side of Town (Southside Johnny)
  • It's Been A Long Time (Southside Johnny)
  • Black Books (Nils Lofgren)
  • Shine Silently (Nils Lofgren)
  • Merry Christmas, Baby
  • So Young and In Love
  • Kitty's Back
  • Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

  • My City of Ruins (Bruce starts at piano, moves to guitar)
  • Here Comes the Sun (Bobby Bandiera solo)
  • I Don't Wanna Go Home (Southside Johnny)
  • Rosalita
  • Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

November 3 / Sea Bright, NJ / Tradewinds
Notes: Springsteen played this benefit unbilled for the second year in a row, to benefit the Parkinsons Disease Foundation. He joined Joe Grushecky & No Spring Chickens at the end of their set, playing for about 45 minutes on the event's final six songs. Other artists on the bill, whom Springsteen led in a pair of rousing covers at the end of the night included La Bamba & the Hubcaps, Highway 9 (formerly Samhill), Boccigalupe & the Badboys, Joe Bonanno & the Godsons of Soul, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan and the Danny White Band.
Setlist: Talking to the King/Fire/Ramrod/Light of Day//Twist and Shout/Lucille.


October 19 / Red Bank, NJ / Count Basie Theatre
Notes: Night two of the two benefits, with the same setlist as night one. This night was broadcast on local cable channel CN8.


October 18 / Red Bank, NJ / Count Basie Theatre
Notes: Night one of a pair of benefits for The Alliance of Neighbors of Monmouth County, benefitting local victims of the September 11 tragedy and their families. Springsteen was one of the show's many artists; over the course of the night, he joined several of them. He capped the night with a four-song set of his own before leading a finale of "Stand By Me." Also playing with Bruce were Garry Tallent (the concerts' musical director), Max Weinberg, and, on "My City of Ruins," members of the Pilgrim Baptist Church Celestial Choir. Springsteen's contributions to the evening are listed below.
Soundcheck: Bobby Jean/Thunder Road (with Patti Scialfa)
Setlist: Tiger Rose (with Sonny Burgess)/All Just to Get to You (with Joe Ely)/Light of Day (with Joan Jett)/Bobby Jean/My City of Ruins/Land of Hope and Dreams/Thunder Road (with Patti Scialfa)/Stand By Me (with all artists).


September 21 / New York, NY / Sony Studios
Notes: Springsteen's live performance opened the America: A Tribute to Heroes multi-network telethon, with "My City of Ruins" introduced as "a prayer for our fallen brothers and sisters." Springsteen on acoustic guitar and harmonica, along with backing vocals from Little Steven, Patti Scialfa, Clarence Clemons, Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, Dee Holmes, and Layonne Holmes.
Setlist: My City of Ruins


September 3 / Sea Bright, NJ / Donovan's Reef
Notes: A Labor Day performance with Brian Kirk and the Jirks, reportedly with Patti onstage as well.
Setlist: Tenth Avenue Freeze-out/Rosalita/Jersey Girl/Mustang Sally


September 1 (late) / Asbury Park, NJ / The Stone Pony
Notes: Springsteen joined Clarence Clemons and his band on this night, one of four shows the Big Man was recording at the Pony for a live album. Clarence brought Bruce out for a four-song special encore to close the show. A follow-up appearance planned (though unannounced) for the following night, September 2, was aborted due to a bomb scare.
Setlist: Pink Cadillac/Raise Your Hand/Mustang Sally/Glory Days


August 18 / Asbury Park, NJ / The Stone Pony
Notes: With John Eddie, Springsteen's last of three performances on this day.
Setlist: Suspicious Minds


August 18 / Asbury Park, NJ / The Stone Pony
Notes: With Nils Lofgren and his band, on the Pony's outdoor stage during the encores.
Setlist: If I Should Fall Behind/It's All Over Now/Boom Boom/Shine Silently


August 18 / Asbury Park, NJ / Clearwater Festival
Notes: A surprise half-hour acoustic set had Springsteen providing a kickoff to the 26th Annual Clearwater Festival, the first time it's held in Asbury Park. "My City of Ruins" is introduced as "A prayer for my city," and the first-ever acoustic performance of "Land of Hope and Dreams" is dedicated to Asbury Park.
Setlist: Does this Bus Stop/Bobby Jean/This Hard Land/ Blinded by the Light/My City of Ruins/Land of Hope and Dreams


July 31 / Red Bank, NJ / Count Basie Theatre
Notes: With the inimitable Bruce Hornsby and his band playing in Springsteen's (metaphorical) backyard, the crowd got an extra treat. Bruce H. called Bruce S. up onstage after a 2-and-a-half-hour show, for the concert-closing "Cadillac Ranch."
Setlist: Cadillac Ranch


May 27 / Asbury Park, NJ / The Stone Pony
Notes: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes were celebrating the 25th anniversary of their legendary 1976 radio broadcast at the Stone Pony. And once again, 25 years later, Springsteen was on hand to provide, in the words of the South, "some major-league, professional help." Springsteen was onstage for roughly three-quarters of an hour, taking leads and trading off vocals with Southside, Bobby Bandiera, and Graham Parker
Setlist: The Fever/I Don't Wanna Go Home/New York Shuffle into I've Been Working Too Hard/Trapped Again/Chain of Fools/Born on the Bayou/Havin' a Party.


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