The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts

The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert events is a reside album and live performance movie by Bruce Springsteen and the E Avenue Band, launched on November 19, 2021. It was recorded over two nights, September 21 and 22, 1979, at Madison Sq. Backyard, as a part of the No Nukes concert events organized by activist group Musicians United for Secure Vitality (MUSE) towards using nuclear power.[1]

Most tracks are from Darkness on the Fringe of City (1978) and its predecessor, Born to Run (1975), whereas the album additionally contains performances of “The River” and “Sherry Darling” previous their launch in studio type on the next yr’s The River (1980).[2] Springsteen’s “Detroit Medley” and his cowl of Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs’ “Keep” had been beforehand launched in a special type on the 1980 album No Nukes: The Muse Concert events for a Non-Nuclear Future.

Important reception

Skilled rankings
Mixture scores
Supply Ranking
Metacritic 93/100[3]
Overview scores
Supply Ranking
AllMusic [4]
Basic Rock [1]
Pitchfork 9.0/10[5]
PopMatters 10/10[6]
Below the Radar [7]

On assessment aggregator Metacritic, the album has a rating of 93 out of 100 based mostly on six critics’ opinions, indicating “common acclaim”.[3] Reviewing the album for Pitchfork, Stephen Thomas Erlewine stated the audio recording and accompanying movie “flesh out a pivotal second in Springsteen’s rise to superstardom, offering the primary professionally recorded and filmed glimpse of the E Avenue Band at full roar”, complimenting the set record for being “structured like a celebration” and concluding that Springsteen’s different performances through the years “have not diminished the ability of this one: It has a particular mix of magic and may, the sound of a band who is aware of they’ve hit their stride and nonetheless will get giddy on the noise they make”.[5]

Monitor itemizing

Tracks 1–5, 10 and 12 had been recorded on September 22, 1979, whereas tracks 6–9, 11 and 13 had been recorded on September 21, 1979. All tracks are written by Bruce Springsteen, besides the place famous.[8]

The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert events monitor itemizing
No. Title Author(s) Size
1. “Show It All Night time”   5:58
2. “Badlands”   5:45
3. “The Promised Land”   6:21
4. “The River”   6:05
5. “Sherry Darling”   6:11
6. “Thunder Highway”   5:26
7. “Jungleland”   10:10
8. “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” (with a snippet of “Stagger Lee” as introduction) “Stagger Lee” by Lloyd Worth, Harold Logan 12:07
9. “Born to Run”   4:59
10. “Keep” Maurice Williams 4:28
11. “Detroit Medley” (consisting of “Satan with the Blue Gown On”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”, “C.C. Rider” and “Jenny Take a Journey”) William Stevenson, Frederick Earl Lengthy (“Satan with the Blue Gown On”); Robert Blackwell, John Marascalco (“Good Golly Miss Molly”); Conventional (“C.C. Rider”); Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman, Robert Crewe (“Jenny Take a Journey”) 9:41
12. “Quarter to Three” Gene Barge, Frank Guida, Joseph Royster, Gary Anderson 9:56
13. “Rave On” Sunny West, Invoice Tilghman, Norman Petty 2:57
Whole size: 90:12


Credit tailored from the album’s liner notes.[8]


  • Bruce Springsteen – guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Roy Bittan – piano
  • Clarence Clemons – tenor and baritone saxophones, percussion, backing vocal
  • Danny Federici – organ, glockenspiel
  • Garry Tallent – bass
  • Stevie Van Zandt – guitar, backing vocal
  • Max Weinberg – drums

Further musicians on “Keep”

  • Jackson Browne – co-lead vocal
  • Tom Petty – co-lead vocal
  • Rosemary Butler – backing vocal

Technical personnel

  • Bruce Springsteen – manufacturing
  • David Hewitt and crew – reside recording
  • Bob Clearmountain – mixing
  • Brandon Duncan – assistant engineer, music editor
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Rob Lebret – sound engineer
  • Shari Sutcliffe – music contractor
  • Michelle Holme – artwork course, design
  • Joel Bernstein – back and front cowl images
  • Richard E. Aaron, Joel Bernstein, David Gahr, Lawrence Kirsch, Peter Simon – all different images

Movie credit

  • Bruce Springsteen – government producer
  • Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, Thom Zimmy – producers
  • Bob Clearmountain – music mixing
  • Thom Zimmy – enhancing
  • Haskell Wexler – authentic cinematography


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