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Bruce Springsteen performing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 10, 1988.

'Born To Run' on 1988 Tunnel of Love Express tour

On 1988's Tunnel of Love tour, Bruce Springsteen had grown weary of his touring routine and decided to make some changes. He had the E Street Band reverse their standard spots onstage, and he played "Born to Run" solo acoustic. "When I sing it now I feel young and I feel old at the same time," he said. "The song kind of opens up and lets in all the years and breathes it in sort of gracefully."

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Simon & Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel performing in New York City, 1993.

'America,' Bridge School Benefit 1993

Simon & Garfunkel briefly buried the hatchet for a series of shows in 1993, in what Simon then characterized as farewell concerts. Their rendition of "America" at the 1993 Bridge School Benefit was so achingly gorgeous we're lucky he broke that promise a decade later — though none of those shows quite captured the magic of this singular performance.

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