The set of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band was legendary during the 1979 All-Star “No News” concert in Madison Square Garden, New York, but only one song was released from it – until November of this year, when Sony Music Entertainment’s premium content with Sony Pictures Through the partnership, the department will publish “The Legendary 1979 No News Concert”.
The movie features ten unreleased Springsteen performances from the concert and full footage of the band’s entire setlist for the first time. Edited by longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Jimny from the original 16mm film with remix audio from Bob Clearmountain, the film will be released on February 19 in physical format, two CDs with DVD, two CDs with Blu-ray and two LP formats. The image will be available in HD worldwide for digital download on November 1 and digital rental on November 2.
As can be seen in the trailer, the band was in a rare form by their standards that night as well.
A three-day triple album from the concert was released in 1980, and a track from Springsteen – “Detroit Medley” – was accompanied by tracks by Duby Brothers, Bonnie Wright, James Taylor, Carly Simon and others.
“A few years ago, I started re-examining the archives filmed for Bruce and the band’s presence at the 1979 No Knox concert,” Jimny said. “I quickly realized that these were the band’s legends’ best performances and best filming of the ’70s, and I dedicated myself to bringing out the full potential of the footage. Having served as Bruce’s chief director and editor for the past 20 years, I can say without reservation that this newly-edited, re-blended and restored 90-minute film is one of their best time creative times for Bruce and the band live. “
“The seventies were a golden age in the history of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and the legendary 1979 No News concerts are the greatest document of that era that we will have,” said Springsteen manager John Landau. “It’s a pure rock show from start to finish, energy levels past, and the skill of the industry and the craft of rock music is wonderful.”
The film, which is a combination of two performances recorded during a multi-day “No News” concert, packs a marathon Springsteen show in 90 minutes. Highlights include the unpublished versions of the live staples “Badlands”, “Born to Run” and “Thunder Road” from “River” and “Sherry Darling” and a version of Buddy Holly’s “Rev On” and Morris’s Williams “Stay” special guest Jackson Brown, With Tom Petty and Rosemary Butler.
“The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” Setlist
- Prove all night
- Bad land
- Promised Land
- Sherry Darling
- Thunder Road
- Rosalita will be out tonight
- Born to walk
- Detroit Medley
- It is a quarter to three
- Rev. On