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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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