Review: Bruce Springsteen 2012-08-26 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Concert Review: Moncton, New Brunswick (Canada): August 26, 2012

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Moncton concert review by Angela Cullen:

“Are you ready for the function in Moncton?” So came the rallying cry as the house-rockin’, earth-shakin’, legendary E Street Band stormed the stage at Magnetic Hill, blasting full throttle into back-to-back classics No Surrender and Working on the Highway.

“Well, Moncton, you’re pretty lively up here,” grinned the Boss, a point quickly proven when the crowd took over the vocals on Hungry Heart, kicking off a 30,000-strong singalong that would last all night.

Before delivering a haunting rendition of City of Ruins, Bruce shared his impressions of the area, quipping that he’d “heard you get rain up here sometimes,” a cheeky reference to torrential downpours that had turned the site into a muddy mire for the final U2 360 show in July 2011. Springsteen discussed his newfound fascination with New Brunswick tourist attraction Magnetic Hill (or, as he renamed it, ‘Magnet Hill’). Like Gravity Hill near his boyhood home in New Jersey, a car parked at the bottom of Magnetic Hill will slowly be drawn back up to the top. He reminisced over his memories of Gravity Hill – “The only place in the world (like it) … except for ONE other!” he added, as the crowd roared its delight.
The three-hour, ten-minute, energy-filled concert gave all of the E Streeters a chance to shine, both during the band intros and after Bruce collected requests from the audience. The spotlight was on Nils as he wailed out a blistering solo during Because the Night. Spinning in continuous circles, he racked the intensity up higher and higher until the crowd was ready to swoon for reasons that had little to do with the humid summer night.

Towards the end of audience request Pay Me My Money Down – “it’s a really good song if we don’t f*ck it up,” Bruce joked – the horn section joined the Boss at the front of the stage to close the Seeger tune on a joyful, rollicking note.

A sign from the audience proclaimed “I love Soozie and Darlington County,” which led to a jubilant rendition that started out riffing on the Stones’ Honky Tonk Women and was further pumped up by Soozie Tyrell’s exquisite, energetic fiddle playing.

In typical Bruce fashion, he amped things up to a fever pitch from there, leading the crowd into a ‘Huh, Yeah’ call and repeat intro to a foot-stomping Shackled and Drawn. Taking to the piano for a solo performance of If I Should Fall Behind, Springsteen noted that the song had been requested by a fan who’d been to 270 shows – “making up for the rest of you,” he teased the crowd, most of whom had earlier confessed to being E Street show novices. After a moving River – closed with beautiful falsetto crooning – and a stirring, triumphant Rising, the joyful notes of Badlands danced exuberantly over the air and had anyone who was still seated jumping to their feet to dance, clap and sing along.

A brief rest, then the band charged back for a thrilling six-song encore that saw Bruce draw not one but two women on stage to dance in the dark before he mock-collapsed, exhausted, onto the stage. Thankfully, Stevie was able to revive him in time for E Street to break out a boisterous Tenth Avenue Freeze-out. “This is the important part,” the Boss said solemnly, as the band grew still and screens flanking the stage filled with images of the fondly remembered Big Man, drawing thunderous applause and sustained cheers from the crowd. As the song wound down, Springsteen called out, “One more for Moncton!”prompting the band to crank out the intro to Twist and Shout. Bruce made room for the show’s two opening acts, Canadian artists The Trews and Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, on the marathon jam that had the former farmer’s-field-turned-Papal-Mass Site truly rocking and shaking from end to end.

As the final notes drifted out over the crowd and a never-ending chorus of “Broooooooce” filled the night, Springsteen lifted his guitar in salute. Calling out, “Thank you, Moncton! We’re coming back!” Bruce and the band slowly made their way off the stage. It’s safe to say that they made thousands of new fans that night… Fans who are counting on the band to make good on their promise to pay a return visit to their “new favourite place.”


No Surrender
Working on the Highway
Hungry Heart
We Take Care of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
Death to My Hometown
My City of Ruins
Spirit in the Night
Pay Me My Money Down
Jack of All Trades
Because the Night
Lonesome Day
Darlington County (Honky Tonk Women intro)
Shackled and Drawn (Huh, Yeah intro)
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Promised Land
If I Should Fall Behind
The River
The Rising
* * *
Thunder Road
Born to Run
Glory Days
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Twist and Shout (with The Trews and Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)


Bruce Springsteen 2012-08-26 – Magnetic Hill Music Festival

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – August 26, 2012 – Magnetic Hill Music Festival, Magnetic Hill, Moncton, NB

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s Wrecking Ball 2012 tour hits Magnetic Hill Music Festival, Magnetic Hill, Moncton, NB. August 26, 2012.

Also featuring Trews and Tom Cochrane & Red Rider.


photo from corp.alc.ca

This blog post gathers all the Bruce Springsteen & E Street band concert info from this show. Including Set list details, reviews, press, photos, videos and more!

Feel free to contact me and send any missing info: links to your reviews, photos etc. Thanks!

These concert specials gets updated every now and then.

2012 concert special list can be found here with update info.



Setlist & Videos:





1. No Surrender (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4 with dubbed audio)
2. Workin’ On The Highway (Video #1)
3. Hungry Heart (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3 clip)
4. We Take Care of Our Own
5. Wrecking Ball
6. Death To My Hometown (Video #1 distorted)
7. My City Of Ruins (Video #1 intro)
8. Spirit In The Night (Video #1 clip) (Video #2 clip)
9. Pay Me My Money Down (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3 great!)
10. Jack Of All Trades
11. Because The Night (Video #1) (Video #2 clip) (Video #3)
12. Lonesome Day
13. Darlington County (Video #1) (Video #2 intro)
14. Shackled & Drawn (Video #1) (Video #2)
15. Waitin’ On a Sunny Day (Video #1 clip) (Video #2) (Video #3 short clip)
16. The Promised Land (Video #1) (Video #2)
17. If I Should Fall Behind (solo piano)
18. The River (Video #1 nice) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4) (Video #5)
19. The Rising (Video #1) (Video #2)
20. Badlands (Video #1)


21. Thunder Road (Video #1 clip) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4) (Video #5 with dubbed audio)
22. Born To Run (Video #1)
23. Glory Days (Video #1 + DITD) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4 clip)
24. Dancing In the Dark (Video #1 clip) (Video #2)
25. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (Video #1) (Video #2)
26. Twist & Shout (with Red Rider) (Video #1 clip) (Video #2 clip) (Video #3) (Video #4 close up clip)

27 video from the gig (various clips) – youtube


– Setlist (7:38 – 10:40pm Atlantic time)
– “Death To My Hometown” – Bruce tells funny story about reading the sign Magnetic Hill and proceeds to tell the crowd that he grew up near a place called Gravity Hill, where he used to drive his 1960 Chevrolet Corvette.
– “Spirit In The Night” – Bruce forgets Lyrics and jokes about it.
– “After Spirit in The Night”: Bruce goes into the crowd to collect signs for “stump the band”
– “Because the Night” – Nils plays great extended guitar solo)
– “Before Darlington County” – Bruce grabs “I LUV Suzie and Darlington County” sign from crowd
– “Darlington County” with Honkey Tonk Women intro
– “Shackled and Drawn” with Bruce and crowd singing Huh, Yeah intro
– Waitin’ on a Sunny Day – Bruce gets Stevie down on lower level for intro.
– Before If I Should Fall Behind” – Tom Culler of Danbury, Conn. hands bruce a sign. He’s seen 270 shows and wished Bruce to play “If I should fall behind” for his girlfriend Ingrid in Boston.
– “After Badlands” – Bruce food bank speech and tells crowd that Moncton is “our favorite new place”.
– “Dancing in the Dark” (10:12pm) -Woman in the crowd with a sign that reads “I came from Peru to dance with you” got up to dance with Bruce. Bruce then asks “how about someone from Moncton” then grabbed another woman to dance on stage
– (VIDEO) Bruce playing dead on stage to get the crowd going and stevie pours water on him (soaking him) to revive him. Bruce then has second wind.
– “Twist & Shout” with The Trews and Tom Cochrane/Red Rider

Thanks Doug for the notes!


Trip to Moncton to see Bruce Springsteen (inc. clips from concert) (Youtube)


Brucebase entry: 2012-08-26 – MAGNETIC HILL, MONCTON, NB (Magnetic Hill Music Festival)

Bootleg, DVD and other recording info:
More info about Bruce Springsteen bootlegs on SPL: Wrecking Ball US Tour Audio Recordings
Video status: See SPL’s 2012 Wrecking Ball Tour – DVD Bootleg List


Pre-show press and other details:

Photos by Doug Cochrane

 Magnetic Hill makes way for The Boss – atlantic.ctvnews.ca

 Traffic plan for Springsteen concert in place – cbc.ca

Moncton entrepreneurs making bucks on Boss show – cbc.ca

Jamie Vautour, Disabled Bruce Springsteen Fan, Gets Help To See The Boss – huffingtonpost.com

‘The Boss’ concert preps underway at Magnetic Hill – cbc.ca


In pictures: Bruce Springsteen rocks it out at Magnetic Hill – metronews.ca

Reviews & Other:

Bruce Springsteen still knows how to rock – herenb.canadaeast.com

The Boss: Pure rock poetry come to life – thechronicleherald.ca

Springsteen Delivers – cbc.ca

Springsteen concert draws roughly 25,000 fans – cbc.ca

30,000 Springsteen fans flock to Magnetic Hill – atlantic.ctvnews.ca

The Trewest News About The Newest Trew – peterelkas.com

Rockin’ Bob’s Springsteen review (AUDIO) – cbc.ca

Notes from Moncton – brucespringsteen.net

Review: Bruce Springsteen 2012-08-26 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada – brucetapes.com

Bruce Springsteen Fan Discussion/Forums:

The Official Moncton August 26th O’CanadaSetListVision thread – Greasylake
aug.26 Magnetic Hill Set List Thread – SPL Messages
Official MONCTON Set List Thread  – Backstreets (BTX)

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Bruce Springsteen – Prove It All Night 2012-08-15 Fenway Park, Boston, MA

Bruce Springsteen – Prove It All Night ’78  (3cam mix + dubbed audio) 2012-08-15 Fenway Park, Boston, MA

Bruce Springsteen 2012-08-15 Prove It All Night  (3cam mix + dubbed audio) uploaded to the Brucetapes YouTube account:

Bruce Springsteen – Prove It All Night with ’78 intro (Live):

I don’t how many times Bruce has played this gem on this tour so far, but this is clearly the best one yet. Intro is much longer than on the previous concerts, and his guitar playing is getting better and better as the tour goes on. Before this tour I was 100% sure that we won’t ever hear the ’78 intro version ever again. Hearing this live in Helsinki was one of my summer highlights. Maybe one day I will edit the Helsinki version too…

Info about the Prove It All Night video:

3 videos was used to make this video. I had stabilize each video twice to get them watchable. Each time you stabilize a video it will zoom in a bit. This means you’re gonna lose some quality with every stabilization. I know youtube has it’s own algorithm, but it’s pretty bad compared to what vReveal 2 can offer. It took about 10 hours to render all the videos twice + make the final render mix.

Video was once again dubbed with great audience recording by Bakerstuff. This time I used bit of EQ to make that guitar intro “pop” bit more.

Hope you like the results!

Video: Youtube (3 sources)
Audio: Bakerstuff (Church Audio CA-14 Cardioids> CA-UGLY PreAmp > Edirol R-09HR > CD Wave Editor > Cool Edit Pro for boosts and fades > Trader’s Little Helper > FLAC

Software used to make this video: Sony Movie Studio 10 HD Suite (Video & Audio) + vReveal 2 (Video)

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Tapes wanted from: 1972-01-21 – The Captain’s Garter, Neptune, NJ

1972-01-21 – The Captain’s Garter, Neptune, NJ

Bruce Springsteen 1972 Early band photo


I’m trying to gather all the best sources from this 1972 show and then make it available to download for everyone. If you have other sources with different track time(s). Let me know!

If you have tapes. I’m happy to transfer them into a digital format. I’m interested of all Bruce Springsteen tapes from 1969-1972 era.

1972-01-21 – The Captain’s Garter, Neptune, New Jersey:

1. Bottle Of Red Wine – Version 1 (4:36)
1. Bottle Of Red Wine – Version 2 (4:28)
1. Bottle Of Red Wine – Version 3 (4:09)
1. Bottle Of Red Wine – Version 4 (4:37)

2. You Know My Love – Version 1 (12:08)
2. You Know My Love – Version 2 (11:58)
2. You Know My Love – Version 3 (11:02)
2. You Know My Love – Version 4 (11:26)
2. You Know My Love – Version 5 (12:17)
2. You Know My Love – Version 6 (11:27)

3. Why It’s So Hard – Version 1 (11:26)
3. Why It’s So Hard – Version 2 (11:07)
3. Why It’s So Hard – Version 3 (11:23)
3. Why It’s So Hard – Version 4 (11:33)
3. Why It’s So Hard – Version 5 (11:36)

4. Confessin’ The Blues – Version 1 (13:52)

5. Sweet Miss Sally – Version 1 (9:32)


Info from Brucebase:



“One show, triple bill, with The Sundance Blues Band opening for Inferno and headliner Ruby Falls & The Rock City Band. This was the opening of a three-night residency for the Sundance Blues Band, and the group’s only-ever performances at this venue. The line-up of the Sundance Blues Band for this residency was Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Tallent, Lopez and David Sancious. Springsteen, who had only just returned from a month-long stay in California, joined the band onstage for elements of this and the following two nights shows.

The above-mentioned setlist is taken from an audience recording of very good to excellent quality that is close to soundboard standard and makes for enjoyable listening. Although the audio has now been positively linked to this residency, it is not yet established from which of the three nights it emanates. There are discernible edits between songs so this may be a “compilation” of material from one or more of these three nights. There doesn’t sound as if there are more than a few dozen people in the audience, consistent with the group being the early evening opener for this residency.

Vini Lopez handles the lead vocal on Eric Clapton’s “Bottle Of Red Wine”. Steve Van Zandt provides the Greg Allman-ish vocal on Willie Dixon’s “You Know My Love” (mentioned as being inspired by Otis Rush’s cover version). A highlight is the mesmerizing “Why’s It So Hard?”, written by Springsteen but sung here by Southside Johnny (there’s no Bruce-led vocal rendition in circulation). David Sancious’ organ playing on this track is nothing short of spellbinding. Springsteen provides the lead vocal on Walter Brown’s immortal “Confessin’ The Blues” and John Lee Hooker’s boogie romp “Sweet Miss Sally”. Bruce is playing rhythm guitar on all tracks. This material tends to circulate under a variety of dates, sometimes with audio from other 1971 shows added on.”

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