Bruce Springsteen to release the 1979 film No Nukes Concert
A new film will document the performances of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band during the 1979 No Nukes concert series.
In the 1970s, with no sign of easing the tensions of the Cold War, fears about nuclear weapons and energy soared. Determined to take a stand, musicians Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt and John Hall formed MUSE – Musicians United for Safe Energy.
To raise awareness of the nuclear threat, MUSE organized a series of five concerts in 1979.
The concerts were held under the “No Nukes” banner at Madison Square Garden in New York City. After their conclusion, 200,000 demonstrators gathered for an anti-nuclear rally in New York.
With the four founders of MUSE, the concerts featured performances by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Doobie Brothers, James Taylor, Ry Cooder and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Supported by the E Street Band, Springsteen performed two of the five nights. Springsteen launched his now classic The River at shows. The setlist also included Sherry Darling, Prove It All Night, Thunder Road, Detroit Medley, Quarter to Three, Jungleland, Rave On and a cover of the classic ballad Stay, which saw Springsteen joined by Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Rosemary Butler.
All five concerts were recorded with highlights released in 1980 as a film and live album, both titled No Nukes.
The album features Springsteen’s performance of Stay and Her Detroit Medley, a medley of three classic Detroit rock tunes – Devil with the Blue Dress, Good Golly Miss Molly and Jenny Take a Ride. The film included Springsteen’s first performance in The River, starring Thunder Road and Quarter to Three.
Entitled The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts, the new documentary will offer Springsteen fans never-before-seen footage of both performances. Longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny edited the footage from the original 16mm film. The document will contain newly remixed and remastered audio.
“The film will give audiences around the world the chance to witness performances that marked the rise of the future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers,“, Reads a statement from the document’s distributor, Sony Music Entertainment. “Very little Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band film footage is available from this time, so ‘The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts’ is a rare opportunity to see the band give an explosive performance that has become an instant classic.“
Details of the release have yet to be announced by Sony.