2021 – Out Today: No Nukes ’79….Bruce’s Flick & My Pix


                               (ignore April 30, 2017 publish date – this was published on November 19, 2021)



Yeah, I know…………I just posted two months ago about Springsteen’s No Nukes performance at Madison Square Garden on September 22, 1979 and I included three pix I took that evening that have become associated with me – including part of the above – and added two others that hadn’t been seen before.

But I have more than two dozen other ones that I’ve never shown before and since someone wondered last time why I waited so long to finally show the cake one, I can’t think of a better time than today to do this…….on the same day as when Bruce was kind enough to release his flick of two complete No Nukes performances in support of this post (and if you believe that, I’ve got a dud of a machine to sell you that’s stuck in the mud in a swamp somewhere near me in Hackensack, New Jersey).

All kidding aside, the files show that I shot two rolls of B&W film and maybe a half-roll of color slides from my loge seat of Bruce’s 9-22-79 performance, from which I’ve just scanned 18 B&W and 10 color images. I doubled up two pair to wind up with 26 total images.

In an effort to present them chronologically, I’ve divided them into two categories: jacket on and jacket off (12 on, 14 off). I depended on the B&W contact sheets and the slide numbers to put them in some sort of order. If they’re out of sequence, I’m sure someone who’s seen the new flick will let me know.

All the color ones are jacket-on, so they show up early. I shot more B&W than color because I was too far away to use a flash for slow color slide film, so I relied more on faster, flashless B&W (which seemed to work out well for me for this show).

The above image is the full shot of the cropped one on the front covers of the various video versions that came out in the ‘80s.


So, with a few interruptions, here we go:


The next image is the picture I took immediately before the cake shot, but I don’t see a cake in it. Maybe the person who gave him the cake is visible, but I have no idea who that might be. And there do appear to be enough video cameras around to have captured the cake toss:


Last jacket shot and the first without. Look at the stare from half of Bruce’s face into Clarence’s………..serious stuff!


The end of the E-Street-only segment:


Math time: the Petty-Browne-Butler addition and the Goldsmith subtraction:


Wrapping up the show:

Hungry heart?


(As much as this one looks like it should follow the one that’s two images above it, the sequence is correct.)


As I wrote on my site:

See the movie? Then you remember Bruce doing this real fast as he left the stage.


That’s it!

I don’t know if any of these “new” pictures were worth waiting 42 years to see, but if you have any questions or comments, let me know below.

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One Comment

  1. ANNE RASO November 19, 2021

    I just checked out the last photo and it made me wonder if Bruce ever considered becoming a Rockette.

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