Bruce Springsteen Plans to Release Epic 1979 ‘No Nukes’ Concert Film and Album

by Chris Haney
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Earlier today, a trailer released for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s legendary 1979 set from the “No Nukes” concerts in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Until now, only one song from the band’s iconic performance has been released. However, Sony Music Entertainment in unison with Sony Pictures will release the entire concert footage and audio for the first time. The concert film, titled The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts, will come out later this year in November.

The new film will feature Bruce Springsteen and his band’s performance, which fans have never had the opportunity to witness. Unless you attended the famous 1979 MSG show, of course. The film will include the band’s 13-song setlist in its entirety thanks to Sony’s collaboration. The concert footage and audio is newly edited, restored, and remixed in high definition from the original film.

Thom Zimny, who has worked with Bruce Springsteen on other projects for years, edited the new film. He took footage from the original 16mm film and used remixed audio from Bob Clearmountain. Sony announced plans for The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts, which will release in HD on various physical formats. On November 19, the company will release video and audio formats in three packages. They include a two-CD set with DVD, a two-CD set with Blu-Ray, and a two-LP vinyl recordset.

Bruce Springsteen fans can also purchase a digital copy of The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts film on November 16. One week later on November 23, it will be available as a digital rental as well.

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Thom Zimny has worked with Bruce Springsteen for the last two decades. He recently opened up about revisiting the legendary concert footage. Zimny knew he had to make it available in its entirety once he dug deeper into the original film.

“A few years ago, I started re-examining the filmed archives for Bruce and the Band’s appearances at the ‘No Nukes’ concerts of 1979,” said Zimny to Variety. “I quickly realized that these were the best performances and best filming from the Band’s legendary ‘70s, and dedicated myself to bringing out the full potential of the footage. Having worked as Bruce’s principal director and editor for the last 20 years, I can say without reservation that this newly re-edited, re-mixed, and restored 90-minute film is the gold standard for Bruce and the Band live during one of their greatest creative periods.”

In addition to Zimny, the outlet spoke to Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau about the film. He called the footage the “greatest” example of the band from the 1970s that will ever be available for fans’ consumption.

“The Seventies were a golden period in the history of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and the Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts is the greatest document of that era we will ever have,” Landau explained. “It’s a pure rock show from beginning to end, the energy level is transcendent, and the mastery of the art and the craft of rock music is awe-inspiring.”

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