This weekend marked 40 years since the iconic show
Bruce Springsteen has released the full, 4-hour performance of his June 7th, 1978 gig at Los Angeles’ Roxy.
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The bootleg recording of the show was released through his ongoing archival live series, which has featured shows from 1977 all the way through to 2017.
This 1978 gig proved particularly popular among fans after it initial broadcast on KMET-FM Los Angeles. It has never been given an official release until now – you can buy it here.
Last month, Springsteen broke his Broadway setlist for the first time to call out Trump’s ‘inhumane’ family separation policy.
News arose of Trump’s border patrol separating families from over 2,000 young children on the Mexican border, and housing them in separate, cage-filled camps. It’s a move that has garnered widespread disgust, and led to the US withdrawing from the UN’s human rights council, citing ‘bias’.
Citing the blasphemy of “senior people in government” who have stated they have a duty to separate the families, he went on an unscripted tirade against the ongoing actions.
“For 146 shows, I have played pretty much the same set every night. Tonight demands something different,” he then said, before performing ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’, a song which features the lyrics: “Wherever somebody’s fighting for a place to stand/Or a decent job or a helping hand/Wherever somebody’s struggling to be free/Look in their eyes, Ma, and you’ll see me.”