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U2-Mysterious Ways-1992 New York City Yankee Stadium

"Mysterious Ways" in New York City's original Yankee Stadium in August 1992 on the U2 Achtung Baby tour

Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band-Factory-Cleveland 8-9-78

With the release of the album Darkness on the Edge of Town in 1978, Bruce Springsteen went from the Cinemascope sweep of Born to Run three years earlier to the Rock Generation's defacto Secretary of Labor.

Metallica-The Unforgiven-San Francisco 2-16

So who did the the NFL secure to perform at halftime during the historic 50th All-American Super Bowl, broadcast to over a billion viewers worldwide from San Francisco, a city with a long rich heritage of musical contributions? Coldplay, the finest British innocuous band money can buy.

The Who- Baba O'Riley- Toronto 12-17-82

Getting in tune and counting the days until Pete Townshend returns In the Studio on the 15th of this month for the 45th anniversary of the timeless Who's Next. Here is The Who with Kenney Jones on drums in Toronto December 1982 with a spirited…

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-Mary Jane's Last Dance- San Francisco 2-97

Here is a rare recorded concert performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers doing the one-off "Mary Jane's Last Dance" which did not quite make the 1991 album Into the Great Wide Open  and instead was a surprise hit on their Greatest Hits…

The Who- Love Ain't for Keeping- Toronto 12-82

As we prepared here In the Studio  for the big anniversary of The Who's magnificent masterpiece Who's Next mid-August, we shared an ultra-rare performance of one of the more under-exposed chestnuts from it, "Love Ain't for Keeping". -Redbeard…

Rush- Closer to the Heart- 1984

A perennial crowd-pleaser since it appeared on A Farewell to Kings, before the invention of the cellphone light "Closer to the Heart" made a Bic lighter as essential at a Rush show as a concert ticket. Here's the performance on the 1984 Grace…

Bruce Springsteen-Born in the USA-Philadelphia 12-95

After the release of the Ghost of Tom Joad album , which invokes the name of the starving Depression-era Okie in the Grapes of Wrath , Bruce Springsteen did some selected dates without the "E" Street Band . More than a decade after the Republican Party appropriated the chorus from his song "Born in the USA" for President Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign , Springsteen was still rankled by the usage out of context minus the verses . ..(more)

Tom Cochrane-Life is a Highway- Dallas 9-92

The delightfully effervescent Tom Cochrane stripping down to the fundamentals & doing his best Bobby Zimmerman on "Life is a Highway" during one of his several appearances on my Friday afternoon Q102 radio show over the years. - Redbeard [jwplayer…

The Who- Pinball Wizard medley- Toronto 12-17-82

The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey  embarked on their final tour  in 2015 to mark their fiftieth anniversary. These "final tour" seemingly cicadian periodic announcements by Townshend and Daltrey never fail to bring a smile to my…