Regrettably, the wonderful Nobody Rocks Christmas Like Springsteen download is no longer available, presumably haven fallen prey to the intellectual Property Grinch. In it’s stead, however, we offer the recording of Bruce Springsteen & Friends – Holiday show (late) at Harry’s Roadhouse in Asbury Park, New Jersey on December 19th 2004. Holiday Shows. Bruce Springsteen & Friends performing two shows; one at 4:30pm and another at 8:30pm. First three songs of each set – plus “If I Should Fall Behind” – are solo acoustic. Bobby Bandiera and his band, plus the Jukes horns, back Bruce for the rest of the set. Speakers were set up outside the venue for the massed crowds – who despite the weather were treated to two fantastic shows. During the early show, Bruce introduces “Talk To Me” by saying that this is one he wrote for Southside Johnny, who doesn’t play or sing during that song (but does join for “The Fever”). This is the premiere of this track with Bruce only singing. No Southside at the late show, but Patti Scialfa shares lead vocals for “It Takes Two” and “Tell Him”. Max Weinberg joins on drums for “Seaside Bar Song” and remains for the rest of the show, and Willie Nile joins for “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town”.
Setlist: 01-For You (solo acoustic) 00:56 02-Working on the Highway (solo acoustic) 06:49 03-This Hard Land (solo acoustic) 11:09 04-Run Rudolph Run 17:09 05-From Small Things 20:31 06-Two Hearts 24:20 07-Rendezvous 28:12 08-Further On Up the Road 31:57 09-Talk to Me 36:19 10-Spirit in the Night (with Patti Scialfa) 42:21 11-All That Heaven Will Allow 49:43 12-Seaside Bar Song (Max joins band to end) 55:18 13-It Takes Two (with Patti Scialfa) 1:01:25 14-Tell Him (with Patti Scialfa) 1:06:24 15-Waitin’ on a Sunny Day 1:10:16 16-Stand On It 1:17:08 17-Merry Christmas Baby 1:21:59 18-Have Nagila 1:27:28 19-Darlington County 1:28:30 20-The Fever 1:35:21 21-If I Should Fall Behind (solo acoustic) 1:44:38 22-10th Avenue Freezeout 1:49:02 23-Santa Claus is Coming to Town (with Patti Scialfa & Willie Nile) 1:54:23 24-What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding 2:01:23