Bruce Springsteen Releases 'No Nukes 1979' Concert Recordings For First Time
While Bruce Springsteen fans wait for the new solo album the Boss hopes to release next year, they’re getting a treat from the archives to close out 2018. Recordings of No Nukes 1979 -- a two-night stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden to protest nuclear energy -- recently became available for the first time via the live music archive Nugs.net.
Held on Sept. 21 and 22 of 1979, the shows found Springsteen in between his fourth and fifth studio albums, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. Both nights open with a trio of songs from the former and feature then-unreleased songs from the latter, like “Sherry Darling” and “The River,” which got its live debut at No Nukes.
Both concerts feature Springsteen and the E Street Band covering Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs’ “Stay,” a ‘60s doo-wop song that had been reworked by Jackson Browne in the late ‘70s. Browne (who helped organize the No Nukes benefit) joins alongside Rosemary Butler both nights, while Tom Petty comes along for the second show.
Complete recordings of both nights are available in a variety of formats. $2 from every purchase will benefit MUSE (Musicians United For Safe Energy), the coalition formed by Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, John Hall, and Harvey Wasserman in response to 1979’s Three Mile Island nuclear disaster.
Earlier this month, Nugs.net also shared Springsteen’s 1975 Roxy concerts, while the Boss himself wrapped his Springsteen on Broadway run and released the show's official soundtrack.