Skip to main content

Hi all,

Through this message i'd like to inform youon the latest status of Brucebase Wiki.

All images available on the Old Wiki are now all on Flickr, and available in the New Wiki.

All 1965, 1969, and 1970 gig-pages complete, plus all Earth gig-pages. With this the song/show statistics for all Springsteen's "Early Bands" (except for "The Castiles") are done as well.

The only gig-pages we need to build are thos of 1966, 1967 and first-half of 1968. Once these are done, we've completely restored Brucebase Wiki, and I must admit also very much improved it along the way.

We're also working on Bootleg- and Retail-pages, and Lyrics-pages for only the official Studio-releases. 

Great thanks go to Jake Romanow, who's really consistant in what he does, and keeps me sharp as well, and I definately could not have been weher we are today without him. Further thanks go to David Tilson, who just recently joined us. His focus is mainly on finding the missing info on venues, but also rewriting of the whole On-The-Tracks section, including the bootleg-pages that add to them.

Anyway, the end is in sight, and we will be ready before the new tour begins ;-)

However, work will never be done. We have still some inconsistancies on pages, due to changing stuff along the road (eg breadcrums menu on song- and relation-page). New categories to be completed (eg. Retail, for now we only have retail:western-stars).

If you have any good idea that you would like to see on Brucebase, please let us know, and we will look into it. but some things we will definately not do, like create lyrics-pages for every different version of a song, or try to list every available bootleg around. There are sites online that already do a perfect job on these (eg. springsteenlyrics / bruceboots). We have to draw the line somewhere ;-) Most of the things we exclude are mentioned on the site anyway. But as said, a good idea is always welcome.


Enjoy Brucebase Wiki (Feel free to share this elsewhere).

Last edited by Ponyboy
Original Post

Replies sorted oldest to newest

I am so glad that this site has found a new home. It is an extremely valuable resource for Springsteen diehards. I have no idea who got access to the Sony studio logs, but we now have a complete picture of pretty much everything Bruce recorded from the start of his career until the early 90's, which is the phase when he was writing way more songs for his studio albums than he needed. We are aware of some abandoned album projects (like the abandoned album from 1994 that preceded the "Greatest Hits" sessions), but by the time of "The Rising," the days of Bruce writing 70 songs for an album were over. Producers like Brendan O'Brien got him to the narrow down the songs before he started recording them so that there might only be a few outtakes per album project. Obviously, Bruce used the "High Hopes" album to put out some of these outtakes. It would be interesting to find out what got recorded during the E Street Band sessions that preceded "The Rising" besides the shortened promo version of "American Skin" that got recorded during that period. There appears to be an album project that was attempted after the reunion tour that didn't include ANY of the songs that ended up on "The Rising."


I am the guy who has updated the recording sessions from mid 73 thru to The River. PonyBoy is my boss and designer, lately I have researched and rewritten those pages. I will get to the turn of the century soon, after I get past BITUSA. You have the picture of his prolific songwriting, I have never seen anything like Bruce Springsteen.

I have made a special effort to consolidate the history of each song, especially the ones that are worked on over time. The Darkness songs he completed on The River have their full history with them. You will also see the name of the song worked on in the session; for instance, he did not use the titles Meeting Across the River or Factory until the very last sessions before the album, so most of the takes read "The Heist", and for the latter, "Come On Let's Go Tonight and The Factory Song.  I do not rewrite or modify history to make it look good.

The most amazing thing I have learned I cannot write in the pages, it is how he works. His method is, first he thinks of a song title, then he writes the music, and teaches it to the band. The lyrics is the hard part, sometimes it takes months, but he keeps on hammering away. He gets little credit for the incredible music he writes, and the job he does as a bandleader. I listen to him teaching them a new song, calling out the chords and changes, it is amazing what they all do together.

Honestly, it took months of research to do the pages I have so far, so please be patient. There is no shortcut.


1. Title

2. Music

3. Words

he picks words that create images in his head, and rides the wave. When he's singing "Dying in the Street" he's just getting carried away with his song. The reason why his music is so great is he creates those images for us too.

See i got carried away too.





people would jump onstage and grab me by the head and scream, ‘tilly! bootlegs!'"

Add Reply

Link copied to your clipboard.