Longest Springsteen shows

[ Introduction ]

During the May/June 2012 run of the ‚Wrecking Ball Tour‘ Springsteen played one looong concert after the other. On 17.06.2012 he finally played for unbelievable 3:48 hours without any break! The next day I started a thread about show length on the SPL Board and compiled a list of concerts based on a blog entry from the ‚Stay Hard, Stay Hungry, Stay Alive Blog‘.

With the help of some of the board members more and more concerts for contenders of the longest shows came on that list. This process is still ongoing and will maybe never be finished…

After a while the list got so big that I dicided to maintain it in a data base. The current output of that database can be seen below.

The following rules for the evaluation of the show length apply:
1. The show starts when Bruce first speaks to the crowd, or the band starts playing for the first time. Introductory music played over the PA (or by a Calliope) cannot be factored in.
2. The show ends when the band stops playing or when Bruce says his final “goodbye” to the crowd. Music played over the PA after the show cannot be counted. Nor can there be any adjustment for how long it takes for the band to leave the stage once the final “goodbye” is said. As the band has gotten larger (and yes, older), it stands to reason that it takes a little longer for them to leave the stage. Hence the need for a definitive end point.
3. The method described above necessarily is used to determine the end of the first set and beginning of the second set for shows that included an intermission. Obviously, the intermission time is not used in these calculations, as the length of intermissions varied widely and they haven’t been used since the 1992-93 World Tour.
4. Each of these starting and end points can be independently confirmed by audio recordings of the show. Unfortunately, any other method is subject to bias in the collection of data, whether unintentional (checking one’s watch a little too late) or intentional. Yes, there will occasionally be an incomplete recording of a show. While it would present a problem if one desired to rank all shows by length, it does not hamper this specific analysis.

[ Concerts ]

DurationDateCityCountryTourMeasurement BaseRemark
DurationDateCityCountryTourMeasurement BaseRemark
03:48:23 17.06.2012 Madrid Spain Wrecking Ball Tour Reliable source (from a recording) AlvaroVRAC recording is indicating 3:46:00.
03:43:-- 31.12.1980 Uniondale NY The River Tour SH, SH, SA Blog
03:39:18 02.10.1985 Los Angeles CA Born In The USA Tour SH, SH, SA Blog
03:38:46 24.06.1993 E. Rutherford NJ - SH, SH, SA Blog
03:38:31 07.06.2012 Milano Italy Wrecking Ball Tour SH, SH, SA Blog
03:35:04 05.11.1980 Tempe AZ The River Tour SH, SH, SA Blog
03:34:-- 30.08.2008 Milwaukee WI Magic Tour SH, SH, SA Blog
03:28:-- 01.07.2000 NYC NY Reunion Tour SH, SH, SA Blog Seems, that some encore breaks are edited out.
03:21:00 10.06.2012 Florence Italy Wrecking Ball Tour SPL setlist thread
03:27:-- 22.11.2009 Buffalo NY WoaD Tour SH, SH, SA Blog
03:20:25 25.05.2012 Frankfurt Germany Wrecking Ball Tour Flottmann1 recording
03:18:00 11.06.2012 Trieste Italy Wrecking Ball Tour SPL setlist thread
03:13:11 27.05.2012 Cologne Germany Wrecking Ball Tour jrgen8395 recording
03:10:51 23.08.2008 St. Louis MO Magic Tour SH, SH, SA Blog
03:10:29 17.05.2012 Barcelona Spain Wrecking Ball Tour Cabobueno recording
03:09:-- 04.10.2003 NY NY Rising Tour SH, SH, SA Blog
02:59:54 30.05.2012 Berlin Germany Wrecking Ball Tour Vortex242 recording
03:38:-- 20.08.1984 E. Rutherford NJ Born In The USA Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:35:-- 03.05.1988 Mountain View CA Tunnel of Love Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:25:-- 20.12.1978 Seattle WA Darkness Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:21:15 01.01.1979 Cleveland OH Darkness Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:07:-- 11.07.2008 Helsinki Finland Magic Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:21:-- 20.10.2009 Philadelphia PA WoaD Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:15:27 31.10.1984 Los Angeles CA Born In The USA Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:29:54 29.12.1980 Uniondale NY The River Tour 'Coliseum Night (CC)' Boot
03:26:-- 28.03.1985 Sydney Australia Born In The USA Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:31:12 15.12.1980 Boston MA The River Tour 'Catch that Train' Boot
03:16:40 27.10.1980 Oakland CA Darkness Tour 'The Mob From Freehold' Boot by EV2
03:17:25 25.10.1980 Portland OR Darkness Tour 'The Mountain Show' Boot by EV2
03:17:-- 19.12.1978 Portland OR Darkness Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:18:-- 27.03.1985 Sydney Australia Born In The USA SPL longest concerts thread
03:21:-- 22.03.2003 Sydney Australia Rising Tour SPL longest concerts thread Incl. 5-6 min. of power outtages where the crowd kept singing.
03:23:-- 29.08.1992 Philadelphia PA LT/HT Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:46:31 19.12.1980 NYC NY The River Tour 'An Evening At MSG' boot
03:33:29 18.12.1980 NYC NY The River Tour 'Kiss Me It's Almost Christmas' Boot
03:30:-- 03.07.1988 Stockholm Sweden Tunnel Of Love Tour 'Hello World' Boot
03:21:-- 10.07.1988 Sheffield England Tunnel Of Love Tour SPL longest concerts thread I have two tape conversions, one is 3:21 the other 3:24
03:20:-- 22.07.1988 Berlin Germany Tunnel Of Love Tour 'Badlands Of Berlin' Boot
03:10:00 02.08.2009 Santiago Spain WoaD Tour 'CC Santiago Dream Night' boot
03:25:00 04.11.2011 Pittsburgh PA bakerstuff recording
03:02:00 18.05.2012 Barcelona Spain Wrecking Ball Tour javichun recording
03:20:-- 28.12.1980 Uniondale NY The River Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:27:40 27.11.1980 NYC NY The River Tour 'Zeke remaster' Boot
03:27:-- 30.11.1980 Pittsburgh PA The River Tour SPL longest concerts thread
03:22:-- 01.12.1980 Pittsburgh PA The River Tour 'Rockin' the Rivers' Boot
03:26:55 04.12.1980 Buffalo NY The River Tour 'Where's Jeff' Boot Tape is speeded up, so the show was actually longer.
03:27:-- 08.12.1980 Philadelphia PA The River Tour 'Philadelphia Special' Boot River Flood version 3:29
03:36:-- 09.12.1980 Philadelphia PA The River Tour SPL longest concerts thread 6 songs edited in from another concert to match set list.
03:31:19 11.12.1980 Providence RI The River Tour 'Passing Through Providence' boot
03:26:-- 16.12.1980 Boston MA The River Tour SPL longest concerts thread Missing start of BTR. Only 1:14 on CD.
03:15:16 11.10.1980 Chicago IL The River Tour 'Uptown Chicago '80 Second Night' Boot
03:13:00 18.05.1988 NYC NY Tunnel Of Love Tour SPL longest concerts thread Recording off ABMS
03:39:-- 12.07.2012 Vienna Austria Wrecking Ball Tour SPL setlist thread
03:37:-- 05.07.2012 Paris France Wrecking Ball Tour SPL setlist thread
03:22:-- 17.07.2012 Dublin Ireland Wrecking Ball Tour SPL set list thread
03:30:-- 18.07.2012 Dublin Ireland Wrecking Ball Tour SPL set list thread Like all with 'SPL setlist thread' it should be measured with a boot.
03:20:-- 04.07.2012 Paris France Wrecking Ball Tour SPL set list thread
03:47:-- 21.07.2012 Oslo Norway Wrecking Ball Tour SPL set list thread
03:42:-- 27.07.2012 Gothenburg Sweden Wrecking Ball Tour SPL setlist thread
03:34:-- 28.07.2012 Gothenburg Sweden Wrecking Ball Tour SPL setlist thread
04:05:-- 31.07.2012 Helsinki Finland Wrecking Ball Tour SPL setlist thread There was an additional 5 song acoustic set 2h before the main show!
03:28:-- 14.08.2012 Boston MA Wrecking Ball Tour SPL setlist thread
03:37:-- 24.08.2012 Toronto Canada Wrecking Ball Tour BS.net
03:32:09 01.06.1993 Oslo Norway LT/HT-Tour ??? boot
03:43:42 02.09.2012 Philadelphia PA Wrecking Ball Tour SPL setlist thread
03:22:-- 03.09.2012 Philadelphia PA Wrecking Ball Tour BTX setlist thread
03:31:-- 14.09.2012 Washington DC Wrecking Ball Tour BTX setlist thread
03:46:-- 19.09.2012 E. Rutherford NJ Wrecking Ball Tour BTX setlist thread
03:28:-- 22.09.2012 E. Rutherford NJ Wrecking Ball Tour BTX setlist thread
03:57:04 25.06.2016 Gothenburg Sweden The River Tour '16 Official Download 38 songs
03:47:-- 16.02.2014 Melbourne Australia High Hopes Tour Backstreets report Lots of story telling
03:33:-- 14.05.2016 Madrid Spain The River Tour '16 SPL setlist thread
03:39:31 17.05.2016 San Sebastian Spain The River Tour '16 Official Download
03:30:46 05.06.2016 London England The River Tour '16 Official Download
03:41:51 03.07.2016 Milano Italy The River Tour '16 Official Download
03:47:-- 11.07.2016 Paris France The River Tour '16 SPL setlist thread/Backstreets Power outage during Ramrod, appr. 20 minutes
03:52:-- 16.07.2016 Rome Italy The River Tour '16 SPL setlist thread
03:32:-- 28.07.2016 Oslo Norway The River Tour '16 SPL setlist thread Additionally Working On The Highway was played solo two hours before the show.
03:52:02 23.08.2016 E. Rutherford NJ The River Tour '16 Official Download
03:44:33 11.09.2016 Pittsburgh PA The River Tour '16 Official Download
03:43:11 19.03.2016 Los Angeles CA The River Tour '16 Official download
03:42:29 24.03.2016 Seattle WA The River Tour '16 Official download
03:59:36 25.08.2016 E. Rutherford NJ The River Tour '16 Official Download
04:00:34 30.08.2016 E. Rutherford NJ The River Tour '16 Official Download
03:46:24 01.09.2016 Washington DC The River Tour '16 Official Download
03:48:53 05.09.2016 Virginia Beach VA The River Tour '16 Official Download
03:33:45 28.08.2016 Chicago IL The River Tour '16 Official download
04:02:15 14.09.2016 Foxborough MA The River Tour '16 Official Download
04:04:44 07.09.2016 Philadelphia PA The River Tour '16 Official Download
03:46:13 09.09.2016 Philadelphia PA The River Tour '16 Official Download
03:31:58 24.03.2016 Columbus OH The River Tour '16 Official download
03:32:42 23.04.2016 Brooklyn NY The River Tour '16 Official download
03:31:18 23.04.2016 Brooklyn NY The River Tour '16 Official download
03:31:26 05.07.2016 Milano Italy The River Tour '16 Official Download