Bruce Springsteen's Legendary LA Sports Arena Show in 1988
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with The Horns of Love delivered a stunning performance at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on April 23, 1988, as part of the Tunnel of Love Express tour. The show was recorded live and released in July 2015 as the sixth official release through the Bruce Springsteen Archives. [^1^]
The concert featured a full horn section for the first time in Springsteen's career, adding a new dimension to his rock sound. The setlist included songs from his latest album Tunnel of Love, as well as classics like \"Born in the U.S.A.\", \"Born to Run\", \"Dancing in the Dark\" and \"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)\". The show also featured rare tracks like \"Roulette\", \"Part Man, Part Monkey\" and \"Have Love, Will Travel\". [^1^]
The show was praised by critics and fans alike for its energy, passion and musical diversity. Rolling Stone called it \"one of the best shows of his career\". [^2^] The show was also notable for being the last time Springsteen would tour with the E Street Band until their reunion in 1999. [^1^]
The concert is available on CD and digital download at http://live.brucespringsteen.net in various formats, including MP3, HD-audio (24bit/192 kHz) and DSD. The album was mixed by Toby Scott and mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering. [^3^]
If you are a fan of Bruce Springsteen or live music in general, you don't want to miss this historic recording of one of the greatest rock shows ever.
The Tunnel of Love Express tour was a departure from Springsteen's previous tours, which had been characterized by long, energetic and spontaneous shows. Springsteen wanted to create a different atmosphere for his new songs, which dealt with the complexities and challenges of love and relationships.
The tour had a theatrical and carnival-like theme, with a stage set that included amusement park rides, neon signs, popcorn machines and a giant inflatable clown. The shows began with a pre-recorded announcement: \"Ladies and gentlemen ... boys and girls ... children of all ages ... welcome to the Tunnel of Love Express. Please step right up and observe the rules of the ride: 1) No pushing or shoving; 2) Hold on tight at all times; 3) Keep your hands inside the car; 4) No standing up while the ride is in motion; 5) For your safety and enjoyment, remain seated until the ride comes to a complete stop. Thank you and enjoy the ride.\"
The band members entered the stage one by one, accompanied by circus music, and Springsteen emerged from a smoke-filled tunnel wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses. The horn section, dubbed The Horns of Love, was introduced as \"the most dangerous horns in the world\". The band members were also rearranged from their usual positions, with Roy Bittan moving from piano to synthesizer, Danny Federici switching from organ to accordion, Nils Lofgren playing acoustic guitar instead of electric, and Patti Scialfa taking center stage next to Springsteen.
The set lists were mostly fixed, with little room for improvisation or requests. Springsteen focused on songs from Tunnel of Love, as well as some B-sides and outtakes such as \"Be True\", \"Roulette\" and \"Part Man, Part Monkey\". He also covered some obscure songs by other artists, such as \"Have Love, Will Travel\" by Richard Berry, \"Sweet Soul Music\" by Arthur Conley and \"Raise Your Hand\" by Eddie Floyd. Some of his most popular songs, such as \"Thunder Road\", \"Badlands\", \"The River\" and \"Hungry Heart\", were either dropped or played in drastically different arrangements. aa16f39245