Bruce Springsteen Set to Release 1979 No Nukes Concerts
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It Arrives in November
Bruce Springsteen has announced the release of a concert film showing his 1979 No Nukes concerts, which arrives on November 16. The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts film will feature his entire setlist with the E Street Band during their Madison Square Garden MUSE benefit concerts for the first time. Directed by his longtime collaborator Thom Zimny, it will also include ten never-before-released performances.
Their set was a mix of classic hits and live staples, along with covers.
“They were filming it,” The Boss recalled. “They said, ‘You’ll have a choice of whether you’re in the movie or not.’ That meant I didn’t have to think about the cameras since I knew I could throw it away if I wanted to.”
He barely paid any attention to the camera crew.
“These guys were filmmakers and cinematographers at the top of their game, and they were in sync with the band,” Zimny said. “The cameramen are at the foot of the stage, and they’re literally side-by-side with audience members. This is not a language of MTV and this is not a language of multi-cam cranes and swooping angles and quick cuts. It’s pure documentary.”
Some of his performances ended up on the 1980 concert film No Nukes, but the majority of their three-hour performance was shelved and left in a vault.
“The energy of the band that comes across in this film is just incredible,” Zimny noted. “You can read about it or hear sonic recordings, but when you see this footage it’s as exciting as seeing the Clash in this same time. This is a band that was exploding onscreen.”