Bruce Springsteen fans were treated to some of the rocker’s never-before-seen takes at a Mexican radio conference over the weekend, thanks to his longtime engineer.
Toby Scott was a guest at last weekend’s SoundCheck Xpo in Mexico City; during his presentation, he offered some excerpts from some old recordings that Springsteen recorded in the early 1980s.
During his 87-minute presentation, the engineer played a few different takes from Boss’ recording “Born In The USA.” One version was the solo-acoustic demo that Springsteen recorded in 1982, during the Nebraska era – this version ended up on his 1998 “Tracks” box set.
Scott also played a bluesy version of the iconic anthem that had never been heard before. You can hear it around 11:49 p.m. in the video below.
In other Bruce Springsteen news, Courteney Cox reflected on hearing her signature cameo in Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” video.
the Friends star made a legendary appearance in the 1984 video, which saw Cox being invited onto the stage to dance with The Boss.
Talk to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show last month, Cox reflected on her nerves about the appearance and recalled her audition for the role.
“Bruce Springsteen is so amazing…God, he’s so amazing. I love this song,” Cox told Stern. “I’m a little embarrassed because I feel like when I watch the video, when I see it…I mean, my God. Have you seen my dance? It was pathetic. I’m not a bad dancer, but it was horrible. I was so nervous.
About her audition, she added, “I thought I was in the wrong place. I was like, ‘I don’t know what they’re doing but I can’t even bend my leg. That’s it.’ I walked into Brian De Palma’s office. He put on some music and said, ‘Well, you’re dancing.’ And I thought, ‘Right now? Right here? In front of you? Just the two of us?’
“I think that’s why I got it because I was like ‘OK!’ I think that’s what they wanted, a fan who just couldn’t believe it,” she added.
Meanwhile, Springsteen has been named the highest-paid musician of 2021, bringing in a reported sum of $590m (£431.3m) – most of which he earned from the historic sale of his masters and its publishing rights in December.