and the E Street Band - Live in New York City"
to be released November 6 on DVD
September 10, 2001
Two-DVD set contains acclaimed HBO broadcast in its entirety, along
with 11 additional songs.
Fifteen-minute "NYC Serenade" featurette includes behind-the-scenes
interviews with all E Street members, as well as rare live concert and
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's emotional ten-night stand
at Madison Square Garden inspired an Emmy-winning HBO special and a
critically acclaimed live album. Now, "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street
Band - Live in New York City" will be available as a 2-DVD set to be
released on November 6, 2001. It will feature 11 songs that were not
included in the HBO broadcast, as well as "NYC Serenade," a 15-minute
featurette culled from rare interview, concert and rehearsal footage.
Recorded in full Dolby 5.1 digital surround sound and captured using
Sony's HDCAM 1080/60i high definition format, the DVDs will allow fans
to experience the HBO broadcast on a new level. In addition to the one
hour-50 minute HBO film, there is an hour and twenty minutes of new
live footage * including full performances of "Backstreets," "Don't
Look Back," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "Lost in the Flood," "Born
in the U.S.A.," "Jungleland," "Light of Day," "The Promise," "Thunder
Road," "Ramrod" and "If I Should Fall Behind" * that was not seen on
television. There is also a rare live rendition of "The E Street Shuffle"
provided as the backdrop to the video's end credits.
In addition, the "Live in New York City" DVD set includes "NYC Serenade,"
which takes viewers behind the scenes of the E Street Band's triumphant
return to New York after more than ten years away from the road. The
fifteen-minute featurette includes performance footage of 12 songs,
including rarities such as "Adam Raised a Cain," "Back in Your Arms"
and "Blood Brothers;" backstage interviews with each band member; and
a gallery of backstage and live concert photos.
Documenting what was undeniably the biggest concert event of 2000, "Bruce
Springsteen and the E Street Band - Live in New York City" garnered
extensive praise from critics. According to Entertainment Weekly's Chris
Willman, "With the thrilling new 'Live in New York City,' Bruce Springsteen
gives fans another reason to believe."
Rolling Stone critic Greg Kot wrote, "It's a document of a great combo
still burning to outdo itself."
The New York Daily News' Richard Huff called the broadcast "a moving
and ultimately satisfying stretch of pure music from one of America's
most important songwriters and fiercely energetic performers... the
HBO special gives viewers a unique chance to look in on a stirring rock
show that will stand the test of time."
"'Live in New York City'... reminds us that Springsteen is the most
heroic composer in modern pop music and demonstrates that the E Street
Band can still galvanize his songs into rock-and-roll epiphanies," wrote
The Washington Post's Britt Robson.
The triumphant, sold-out set of ten shows at Madison Square Garden from
which "Live in New York City" is culled marked Bruce Springsteen and
the E Street Band's first series of Garden concerts since 1988's "Tunnel
of Love Express" tour, and cemented their number one position on Pollstar's
tracking of the top ten tours of the first half of 2000. In a New York
concert review, USA Today's Elysa Gardner wrote "whether standing still
at his mike or cavorting naughtily with his bandmates, Springsteen was
both a showman and a shaman, capturing the blend of sex, spirituality
and empathy that is the essence of rock 'n' roll and of most great live
The E Street Band is: Roy Bittan - keyboards; Clarence Clemons - saxophone,
percussion; Danny Federici - keyboards; Nils Lofgren - guitars; Patti
Scialfa - vocals, guitar; Garry Tallent - bass; Steven Van Zandt - guitars;
Max Weinberg - drums.