The hour-long Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band special airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday (February 28) on CBS-the same night the group’s tour resumes in Duluth, Georgia. The broadcast, taken from a show in Barcelona last October, will feature a number of songs from The Rising, including the title track, “Lonesome Day,” “You’re Missing,” and “Waiting On A Sunny Day,” as well as older material such as “Darkness On The Edge Of Town.”
E Street Band guitarist Little Steven said that Bruce Springsteen and company were very pleased with how the show-which was originally broadcast live in Europe-turned out. “It was, you know, one of the most extraordinary audiences in the world, and it was just one of those freaky things where you do a great show the same night as you’re doing a live broadcast-usually that doesn’t happen,” Little Steven said. “You know, you’ll do a good show with a live broadcast, or with a film crew there, you know, but they’re never…You know, very rarely are they great, for some reason, but this was an exception to the rule. This was…Everything came together.”
Little Steven added that he’s also anxious for American viewers to get a look at the exuberance of the European audiences. “It’s different, man,” Little Steven said. “The audience is different, the vibe is different, it’s…You know, it’s cool. I mean, there’s something different about it that I think American audiences would love to get a chance to see actually, you know-get a taste of that European audience.”
Little Steven previously described the Barcelona audience as being “berserk.”
Springsteen and the band will play in the U.S. until March 11, and then tour Australia, Canada, and Europe before returning home for summer dates.