A reader from New Orleans wrote me and mentioned that Dec. 14th was not only Ickmusic’s birthday, but also the very same day he saw Bruce and the E. Street Band at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee back in 1984. For the encore, Little Steven joined the boss for a great version of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away”. It went a little something like this… well, actually, it went exactly like this…
Bruce Springsteen & the E. Street Band:
Drift Away (mp3) – Live, Memphis, TN, Dec. 14, 1984
Earlier that year, Bruce joined La Bamba & the Hubcaps at the Stone Pony for a couple of songs. La Bamba is Richie Rosenberg, who you’ve seen playing trombone on the Seeger Sessions tour, as well as on the Conan O’Brien show.
Bruce with La Bamba and the Hubcaps:
Travelin Band (mp3) – CCR cover I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide (mp3) – ZZ Top cover (Live at the Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ – Aug 22, 1984)
Speaking of La Bamba, Bruce, and the Conan O’Brien Show, here’s a great E Street performance of “Merry Christmas Baby” from 2002 (Conan joins in on guitar, which he does for all of Bruce’s appearances on Conan, right?).