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Inside Springsteen’s Secret E Street Band Show in Asbury Park

Band brought never-before-played tunes from ‘The Promise’ to life on the boardwalk; set to be webcast later this month

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Tuesday night a few dozen lucky fans saw Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tear through a set of tracks from The Promise — Springsteen’s recent disc of unreleased Darkness on the Edge of Town -era material — on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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Held at the Carousel House — former home to an antique merry-go-round — the group played a nearly four-hour set, augmented by Jackson Browne sideman David Lindley (who played violin on some of the original sessions). Most of the material has never been played before an audience, though many of the songs are early versions of tracks like “Factory” and “Racing In The Street.”

Every song was played at least twice. The intimate show was filmed for a web broadcast, details of which will be announced in the next week. Here is the setlist:

1. Racing In the Street (1978)
2. Gotta Get That Feeling
3. Outside Looking In
4. One Way Street
5. Come On (Let’s Go Tonight).
6. Save My Love
7. The Brokenhearted
8. Ain’t Good Enough for You
9. The Promise
10. Talk To Me
11. Blue Christmas

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