Bruce Springsteen Releases ‘Nice, France 1997’ Live Archival Recording

By Scott Bernstein Feb 8, 2021 8:25 am PST

Bruce Springsteen dug into his vault for Nice, France 1997, the latest installment of live archival audio available for download and purchase via Live.BruceSpringsteen.net. Springsteen previewed the 25-song set, his first release in the series from 1997, by sharing “Murder Incorporated” from the May 18, 1997 concert at Palais De Congrès Acropolis in Nice, France.

The Boss’ solo concert featured on Nice, France 1997 came towards the end of his fifth and final leg of a tour in support of 1995’s The Ghost Of Tom Joad. Springsteen kicked off The Ghost Of Tom Joad tour in November 1995 and would finally wrap up the run on May 26, 1997 in Paris — just over a week after the stop in Nice.

Bruce opened with “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” and later in the evening performed eight more tracks from the LP in Nice. Elvis Costello was in the audience that night which explains why Springsteen dedicated “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” to his longtime friend. “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” was a tour debut. The Boss hadn’t played the song since 1988 as per Setlist.FM. Additionally, Springsteen offered up the year’s first “It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City” and wound up performing “It’s The Little Things That Count” for the last time until 2003.

The New Jersey-based musician also worked in a handful of stories and classics. “Born In The U.S.A.,” “The Promised Land” and “Growin’ Up” were among the older tunes Bruce played in Nice. Springsteen’s Nice, France 1997 is available in a variety of digital formats. CDs can also be purchased and will ship the week of February 15.

Stream “Murder Incorporated” from Nice, France 1997 below:

Setlist

Bruce Springsteen at Acropolis

  • The Ghost of Tom Joad
  • Atlantic City
  • Straight Time
  • Highway 29
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town
  • Murder Incorporated
  • Highway Patrolman
  • It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
  • It's the Little Things
  • Red-Headed Woman
  • Two Hearts
  • Brothers Under the Bridge
  • Born in the U.S.A.
  • Dry Lightning
  • Long Time Comin'
  • Sinaloa Cowboys
  • The Line
  • Balboa Park
  • Across the Border
  • You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)  
  • Working on the Highway
  • This Hard Land
  • Growin' Up
  • Galveston Bay
  • The Promised Land
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