For the third time Bruce Springsteen has dug into the soundboard tapes of his 2005 solo tour behind his Devils & Dust collection for his latest archival release. Out now is Sovereign Bank Arena – Trenton, NJ recorded live at the tour's final show on November 22nd, 2005. Highlights on the set included an electric guitar opening cover of Link Wray's classic “Rumble” along with rare solo takes of “Empty Sky,” “Fire” — utilizing his harmonica bullet mic, “Drive All Night,” “Mansion On The Hill” — featuring Patti Scialfa, “All That Heaven Will Allow,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” — featuring assorted family and friends.
Most notably, the Trenton tour closer features a clutch of early-'70s rarities such as “Zero And Blind Terry,” “Thundercrack,” and “Song For The Orphans” — which was last performed back in 1973 and makes its official release on the new set. Springsteen's two previous live sets from the Devils & Dust tour were Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI, 2005 and Schottenstein Center, Ohio 2005.
During the 2005 tour behind Devils & Dust, Bruce Springsteen was asked about the differences between the bombastic E Street Band concerts and his scaled back and low-key solo shows: “I like both. I like the physicality of the band. I try to get to the same place, but by taking a different road. I think people cone to concerts to be moved emotionally, to be excited, to be transformed in some way. And so, those are the same goals, and I simply say, 'Y'know, tonight, instead of taking this road — we're gonna take this road.' But ultimately at the end of the evening, you're, y'know, you're reaching for a certain emotion and emotional catharsis and connection. It's always the connection between you, the audience, and the people in the songs.”
The tracklisting for Bruce Springsteen's Sovereign Bank Arena Trenton, NJ – 2005 is: “Rumble,” “Born In The U.S.A.,” “My Beautiful Reward,” “Devils & Dust,” “Empty Sky,” “Long Time Comin',” “Zero And Blind Terry,” “Backstreets,” “It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City,” “Fire,” “All The Way Home,” “Mansion On The Hill,” “Reno, “All That Heaven Will Allow,” “Drive All Night,” “The Rising,” “Jesus Was An Only Son,” Leah,” “Song For Orphans,” “Matamoros Banks,” “Growin' Up,” “Thundercrack,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “The Promised Land,” and “Dream Baby Dream.”