Watch rare clip of Bruce Springsteen performing “The River” live in 1980

It's from the Boss's upcoming The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

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Bruce Springsteen will release The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a four-CD/three-DVD package dedicated to his 1980 double album, on December 4.

Ahead of that, a rare clip of Springsteen performing “The River” from a concert on November 5, 1980 in Tempe, Arizona has been released (via Rolling Stone).

Scoll down to watch the clip.


The Ties That Bind: The River Collection includes the original single disc album of The River (then called The Ties That Bind) that Springsteen planned to release in 1979, 11 previously unreleased outtakes from The River sessions, the Tempe, Arizona concert film and a new hour long documentary shot by his long-term collaborator Thom Zimny featuring unseen footage and photographs.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Zimny explained that the Tempe concert film does not feature the entire show, but was still the highest-quality concert from Springsteen’s 1980 tour to support the album.

“There’s so many moments in the Tempe concert where you finally get to see things that maybe you heard on a bootleg source or on E Street Radio,” Zimny said. “Also, the songs were new at the time — the band had such raw energy. Even though it’s not a complete show, it still gives the dramatic arc of the show.”

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