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How Bruce Springsteen Got Back to ‘The River’

Behind the scenes as the E Street Band launches their first tour in nearly two years. Plus: Springsteen’s plans for his next album

David Fricke Feb 01, 2016
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“Mood lighting — we need mood lighting,” Bruce Springsteen says from the stage at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Then he turns to his left and shouts, “Professor!” — the singer’s nickname for E Street Band pianist Roy Bittan, who begins his long signature introduction to the ballad “Point Blank” from Springsteen’s 1980 double album, The River. As the rest of the E Street Band takes up the song’s walking-wounded rhythm, Springsteen is aptly lit at his mic, half in shadow, like a New Jersey-boardwalk Sinatra in a T-shirt, jeans and loosely laced work boots.

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