September 4, 2013 – 4:05 pm

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As Dreams Don’t Mean Nothing - A Night For The Vietnam Veterans [Ev2, 3CD]

Live at The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA; August 20, 1981. Very good audience recording.

With war looming in Syria, here’s a sober reminder of the casualties of war.

Thanks to simonlofc for sharing this at HungerCity.

Uploader’s notes:

To keep people from asking:
Since this ‘remaster’ is from MarkP’s master recording, this doesn’t have the cuts every other release has. ‘This Land Is Your Land’ which was missing from other versions, is complete on this one. ‘Twist & Shout’ was missing half the song - it’s complete on this one. Only cut on this is in the beginning of “Who’ll Stop The Rain?”, which was on all the other version too. (Tried to fix it.) To sum it up, this is much better than all the old ‘releases’ of this legendary show.

‘Editors’ view: Probably the best show ever, definitely best Who’ll Stop The Rain? he’s ever played.

“Possibly the most emotional show of Bruce’s career, this benefit show starts with an introduction by Bobby Mueller, a disabled Vietnam veteran, and several band members reportedly had tears in their eyes when they started ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain?,’ Credence Clearwater Revival’s song about the Vietnam conflict. Bruce himself was overcome with emotional during ‘The River’ and stopped singing at one point. This show features the one and only performance of ‘Ballad of Easy Rider.’” -

“Only performance [ever] of Ballad Of Easy Rider. This was a benefit for the Vietnam Veterans and features passionate versions of The River and Who’ll Stop The Rain.” - brucebase

Thanks to Gchord for the artwork source, and let’s not forget the man who we all owe a lot - Mark P. We can’t thank you enough.

source: nakamichi cm300(cp2) > sony tcd5m
transfer from master cassettes
taper: bobb / markp
transfer: markp

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Disc 1
Track 101. Arena Announcement (927k)
Track 102. Bruce Springsteen Intro (3.8MB)
Track 103. Bobby Muller Intro (4.7MB)
Track 104. Who’ll Stop The Rain* (6.6MB)
Track 105. Prove It All Night (8.8MB)
Track 106. The Ties That Bind (7.7MB)
Track 107. Darkness On The Edge Of Town (9.0MB)
Track 108. Intro/”Hold On To Yourself” (3.3MB)
Track 109. Johnny Bye Bye (6.0MB)
Track 110. Independence Day (9.4MB)
Track 111. Intro/”You End Up Trapped” (4.1MB)
Track 112. Trapped (8.4MB)
Track 113. Two Hearts (4.9MB)
Track 114. Out In The Street (9.0MB)
Track 115. The Promised Land (11.8MB)
Track 116. The River (11.8MB)
Track 117. Intro/”Dream That Won’t Die” (2.0MB)
Track 118. This Land Is Your Land (5.9MB)
Track 119. Badlands (9.0MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Thunder Road (11.6MB)
Track 202. Hungry Heart (7.7MB)
Track 203. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) (5.7MB)
Track 204. Cadillac Ranch (9.3MB)
Track 205. Sherry Darling (10.4MB)
Track 206. Jole Blon (8.9MB)
Track 207. Wreck On The Highway (7.7MB)
Track 208. Racing In The Street (13.4MB)
Track 209. Candy’s Room (5.0MB)
Track 210. Ramrod (7.4MB)
Track 211. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)** (24.6MB)

Disc 3
Track 301. Jungleland (20.3MB)
Track 302. Ballad Of Easy Rider (5.6MB)
Track 303. Born To Run (7.5MB)
Track 304. Detroit Medley (with I Hear A Train, You Can’t Sit Down, Sweet Soul Music, Shake) (25.3MB)
Track 305. Twist And Shout (14.5MB)

Track 306. Proud Mary - Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA August 28, 1981 (5.6MB)
Track 307. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) - Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA August 28, 1981 (10.4MB)
Track 308. Stolen Car - Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA August 23, 1981 (8.1MB)
Track 309. Follow That Dream - Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA August 21, 1981 (6.4MB)
Track 310. Jackson Cage - Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA August 24, 1981 (5.8MB)
Track 311. I Fought The Law - Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA August 28, 1981 (4.1MB)
Track 312. Quarter To Three - Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA August 28, 1981 (16.6MB)

* Beginning of “Who’ll Stop The Rain?” mixed with the (very bad) soundboard source.
** Very small skip in the beginning

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  1. 27 Responses to “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - LOS ANGELES 1981”


    By THE Russian Assassin on Sep 4, 2013

  3. beginning of who’ll stop the rain is absolutely not sbd but just another audience source patched in.
    this recording is pretty damned good for a 32 year old audience recorded show of 186mins in length. im impressed with that. there are higher quality river shows out there tho. admittedly theyre not all nam veteran benefit ones so this one was very special of course. i think like the filler material at the end of this item it is best to have a collection of the hilites and special songs like ones that havent been played otherwise or often. like ballad of easy rider for example. an 80min collection of songs from the 81 tour maybe or perhaps if there arent enough of those to fill a cd then throw in the rest of the 80s and make a multi cd collection of obscure rarities done live etc. but a full 3 hr show of another bruce concert.. well.. yeah.. yawn.

    By darth on Sep 4, 2013

  4. btw.. its not a video of the show but..

    By darth on Sep 4, 2013

  5. comment from darth ..well.. yeah.. yawn.

    funny that`s how we perceive you.

    By lowend bill on Sep 4, 2013

  6. Thank you!! This is a very special show. One that I never get tired of listening to..

    By John on Sep 4, 2013

  7. if youre going to use someone elses name and try to post as if u are him u should at least get it right u coward. lowendbill doesnt have a space in his id. he also isnt posting messages in an effort to harass me. he has better things to do with his time. the question is.. why dont u?

    By darth on Sep 4, 2013

  8. huh?

    By lowend bill on Sep 4, 2013

  9. “he has better things to do with his time.”

    right. sucking up to u is so productive.

    By barth on Sep 4, 2013

  10. slurp….

    By lowend bill on Sep 4, 2013

  11. bruce is having second thoughts about playing syrian president assad’s birthday party. “hes a big fan and the moneys good” sez the boss:

    By barth on Sep 4, 2013

  12. lowend,barth

    more lame posts from well….yawn….zzzzzzzzzzzz….

    By c.darrow's asst. on Sep 5, 2013

  13. Yawn this! Another great show from this site to add to my 223 live Boss shows!

    By Steve Yeaton on Sep 5, 2013

  14. don`t get your panties in a bunch darth I can fend for myself with these wankers

    By lowend bill on Sep 5, 2013

  15. tune it to Eb baby

    By 3rd stone from the darth on Sep 5, 2013

  16. Thanks,BigO.

    By TDC on Sep 6, 2013

  17. *Sheesh*…the drama over this post, evidently…..ANYfuckingway–I’m just happy to hear live glockenspiel! So there.:)

    By Jude Kilgour on Sep 6, 2013

  18. Great post thanks for sharing, BigO!!

    By DanC on Sep 7, 2013

  19. I was at this show and have had the framed poster on my wall for 30 years. Collected lots of Bruce live shows and never knew this existed! Thank you so much!

    By caljam on Sep 8, 2013


    By darth on Sep 10, 2013

  21. “Possibly the most emotional show of Bruce’s career….” I don’t know about that. I was at the Spectrum in Philly the night after John Lennon was killed and that was a pretty darn emotional experience for everyone on stage and in the seats.

    By Woodstock69Vet on Sep 10, 2013

  22. i was at the joan jett concert the night she stumbled onto a 4th chord.
    that was pretty emotional.there might or might not be pictures.

    By joannie baby on Sep 10, 2013

  23. thanks.

    By tomz on Sep 18, 2013

  24. Bruce Springsteen was born today in 1949. Here’s some great young Bruce:

    By barth on Sep 23, 2013

  25. here is also a good one:

    By bonafide jerk on Sep 24, 2013

  26. Bruce and the E-Street Band doing “New York City Serenade” live in Rome Italy, earlier this year. An Italian fan had been following the band around from show to show with a huge banner asking for a performance of “Serenade,” and for this occasion, Bruce surprised the guy by hiring a string section and dedicating the song to him.

    By Dingus on Nov 12, 2013

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