News Updates


posted Jun 12, 2020, 10:16 AM by Brandon Thompson   [ updated Jun 12, 2020, 10:22 AM ]

For the first time in 2020, we have a Devils and Dust show in the monthly archive release! Quite a show to pick with great renditions of songs like The Promise, Walk Like A Man, Point Blank, Lucky Town, This Hard Land, and My Hometown to just name a few. 

Reason To Believe


Downbound Train
Reason To Believe
Devils And Dust
Empty Sky
Long Time Comin'
Black Cowboys
The Promise
The River 
Part Man, Part Monkey
All I'm Thinkin' About
Across The Border
Point Blank
Walk Like A Man
My Hometown
The Rising
Lucky Town
Jesus Was An Only Son
This Hard Land
The Hitter
Matamoros Banks
Bobby Jean
Blinded By The Light
The Promised Land
Dream Baby Dream

Dropkick Murphys Streaming Live Fenway Park Concert; Bruce Springsteen To Join Them

posted May 18, 2020, 8:14 AM by Brandon Thompson

We all need some good news these days. Here it is! The Dropkick Murphys have announced that they will be holding a live concert from (an empty) Fenway Park in Boston. They will be streaming their concert on May 29 at 6:00PM (Eastern Standard Time) on their social media pages. Bruce Springsteen will be joining them as they play two songs together, one Dropkick Murphy song and one Springsteen song. The show will benefit Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, and The Boston Resilience Fund. 

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Joe Grushecky Reissuing 'Have A Good Time (But Get Out Alive)' Album

posted May 4, 2020, 5:07 AM by Brandon Thompson   [ updated May 4, 2020, 5:12 AM ]




 You can pre-order a bundle by clicking here! 

Mick Ronson, Ian Hunter, Steven Van Zandt Lead Original Production Team 

on Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive), 2nd Album from ‘Best Hard Rock Band in the Country,’ Led by Pittsburgh Rocker Joe Grushecky


“A masterpiece of hard-bitten Rust Belt rock.” – All Music Guide


NASHVILLE (April 15, 2020) – Forty years since a holy trinity of rock and roll royalty united to help oversee the recording sessions for an album hailed by Rolling Stone as “a new American classic,” Cleveland International Records is releasing a greatly expanded 40th anniversary deluxe reissue this spring of Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive),the sophomore album from the Iron City Houserockers, the gritty, blue-collar outfit led by beloved Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky. 


Mick Ronson (David Bowie), Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) and Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny) combined with co-producers the Slimmer Twins (Steve Popovich Sr. & Marty Mooney) and the Iron City Houserockers to create one of rock’s great lost classics. Their cohesive efforts − as producers, arrangers and players − can finally be rediscovered as an entirely new listening experience May 22 when Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive) is released digitally by the fabled indie label. The remastered two-CD set that includes a bonus disc with 16 previously unreleased tracks of demos and other rarities. The new vinyl edition will include a download card of those same 16 tracks to go with a vinyl replica of the original album. (Street date for physical CDs and vinyl is June 19). The album is available for pre-order NOW at AmazoniTunes, and


The Iron City Houserockers’ 1979 major label debut, Love’s So Tough, had thrust the band into the national spotlight, with incredible praise from some of the most revered rock critics of all time, including Greil Marcus (“one of the least polished first albums I’ve heard in the past year and one of the best” – Rolling Stone), and Robert Palmer (“bringing fresh energy to a hallowed and somewhat moribund rock tradition” – New York Times). The Houserockers were sharing stages with the J. Geils Band, Patti Smith, Meat Loaf and Iggy Pop, to name a few. Everyone from Neil Young to the members of Pink Floyd was coming to see the Iron City Houserockers in concert.


The heat was on to surpass the first album’s success and Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive) handily delivered. The Iron City Houserockers’ willingness to let Ronson, Hunter and Van Zandt reshape their initial ideas in the studio proved prophetic, and the songs they recorded for the 1980 release put down roots that stretched far outside of Pittsburgh. Greil Marcus, this time for The Village Voice, returned to say the album was “the strongest album an American band has made this year” and “proves the Iron City Houserockers are the best hard rock band in the country.” Creem declared Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive) earns the Iron City Houserockers “a permanent place in the hallowed hall of the immortals.” All Music Guide marveled at the new album’s power surge, saying the band “landed with the impact of a Louisville slugger connecting with a fastball” and crediting Grushecky for songwriting and lead vocals that “seethe with a furious passion that's never less than convincing. … The total commitment of his performance, delivered with the conviction of a man fighting for his life, brings these stories to vivid, sweaty life.” 


Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive) is listed as one of the top eight Essential Heartland Rock records alongside the likes of Bob Seger's Night Moves, and John Mellencamp's Scarecrowand features many of the Houserockers' signature tunes, including "Pumping Iron,” "Junior's Bar," and "Have A Good Time.” During a 1981 live radio concert in Boston, rabid fans can be heard screaming requests for “Pumping Iron,” an anthem Grushecky penned as a tribute to his home city.


Credit for bringing Ronson, Hunter and Van Zandt to the project lands squarely with Popovich, the famed late record industry exec who founded Cleveland International Records in the mid-‘70s after an historic run in promotion for Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Santana, Janis Joplin, Chicago, Tony Bennett, Earth Wind & Fire, Taj Mahal, Miles Davis, Mott the Hoople, Boston, Tom Jones and dozens more giants too numerous to list. Cleveland International first rocketed into our collective consciousness with Meat Loaf’s epic, multi-platinum global smash Bat Out of Hell. Popvich’s son, Steve Jr., relaunched Cleveland International last year.


Popovich Sr. signed the Iron City Houserockers to Cleveland International (after changing their name from the Brick Alley Band) and secured their MCA deal. At Cleveland International, the band created a unique blend of blue-collar rock informed by a deep love of Chicago blues, early rock and roll and old school soul, all mixed together with dollops of punk and new wave. The core group was Grushecky on vocals and guitar, Gil Snyder on piano and vocals, Ned E. Rankin on drums, Art Nardini on bass, Marc Reisman on harmonica and background vocals, and new recruit Eddie Britt on guitar, replacing founding member Gary Scalese following a serious hand injury.


While the debut album essentially documented the band’s live show as a studio recording, the second record sought – and achieved – more cohesive high ground. Fueling that pursuit, Grushecky wrote Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive) as Pittsburgh’s steel industry was “going down the chutes,” he says, crushing the local economy and dramatically changing the lives of the population. 


I started really zeroing in on the characters of Pittsburgh, the people who lived in my neighborhoods, the guys who were coming out and seeing us play every night,” says Grushecky. “The whole identity of Pittsburgh was changing.” 


During one particular show, as the audience was becoming a bit too enthusiastic, Grushecky told a fan, “Man, have a good time, but get out alive!” He suddenly realized he had a good song title, which extended to becoming the perfect banner for the album.


Grushecky credits Van Zandt for making him a better writer by encouraging him to make every lyric of every song count and guiding him through that process. “Steve was great with arranging,” he says. “He gave invaluable input and ideas to the band.”


Ronson and Hunter may have looked like the prototypical rock stars of the day, but Grushecky recalls their personalities belied appearances. “They were salt of the earth guys and they were a team,” he says. “You could tell the strong affection they had for each other. It was an honor for me to work with both of them. I’ll say that to my dying days. It was just a tremendous experience for me.”  


As Hunter fondly remembers: “Joe and the Houserockers were and are an actual rock and roll band.  So many 'rock and roll' bands are not real − they just look and act like they are − and fool people most of the time. These guys are for real − and what a lovely man Joe is.”


In the liner notes, Grushecky offers a remarkably concise analysis of the record that emerged:  “We had great songs and the band was smoking,” he writes. “We all knew something special was happening. The results were a mixture of Pittsburgh rock and roll, Jersey Shore savvy and soul, and English mystic and muscle. Add a dash of Cleveland moxie and an anything goes attitude and a legendary album was born.”


1.         Have A Good Time (But Get Out Alive)

2.         Don’t Let Them Push You Around

3.         Pumping Iron

4.         Hypnotized

5.         Price of Love

6.         Angela

7.         We’re Not Dead Yet

8.         Blondie

9.         Old Man Bar

10.       Junior’s Bar

11.       Runnin’ Scared

12.       Rock Ola



1.         Have A Good Time…But Get Out Alive (demo)

2.         Don’t Let Them Push You Around (demo)

3.         Pumping Iron (demo)

4.         Don’t Stop the Music (demo)

5.         Angela (demo)

6.         Price of Love (demo)

7.         Hold Out (demo)

8.         Rock Ola (demo)

9.         Struggle & Die (demo)

10.       Rock Ola (extended)

11.       Charlena/Blondie

12.       Runnin’ Scared

13.       Runnin’ Scared #2

14.       Hypnotized (A Work In Progress)

15.       Rooster Blues

16.       Do Wah Diddy

Pumping Iron w/ Bruce Springsteen

NEW ARCHIVE RELEASE: East Rutherford 1981

posted May 1, 2020, 9:15 AM by Brandon Thompson   [ updated May 1, 2020, 9:16 AM ]

Back down to The River we ride. The latest addition to the Springsteen archive series is from the summer 1981 River tour. This was the last show of the 6 night Jersey stand. All net proceeds of this archive release will be donated to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. 


Thunder Road
Prove It All Night
The Ties That Bind
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Follow That Dream
Independence Day
Who'll Stop The Rain?
Two Hearts
The Promised Land
This Land Is Your Land
The River
Out In The Street
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
Cadillac Ranch
Sherry Darling
Hungry Heart
Jole Blon 
This Little Girl
Johnny Bye-Bye
Racing In The Street
Jersey Girl
Born To Run
Detroit Medley

Johnny Bye Bye

Bruce Springsteen Announces "Jersey 4 Jersey" Coronavirus Relief Show

posted Apr 14, 2020, 7:41 AM by Brandon Thompson

Bruce Springsteen took to ABC's Good Morning America to announce that he and many other New Jersey celebrities will be doing a coronavirus relief show to benefit the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. Springsteen will be joined by others such as Jon Bon Jovi, Jon Stewart, Danny DeVito, Chelsea Handler, Kelly Ripa, Whoopi Goldberg and more. The "Jersey 4 Jersey" event will take air on Wednesday, April 22 at 7 PM Eastern on ABC. 

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NEW ARCHIVE RELEASE: Gothenburg 2012

posted Apr 3, 2020, 9:01 AM by Brandon Thompson   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 9:08 AM ]

Well this comes at an appropriate and unusual time. The COVID-19 virus could not stop Springsteen's camp from producing a new archive release show to keep us company while many fans are quarantined. This release takes us back to the Wrecking Ball tour and one of its most iconic shows...Gothenburg 2012. This was the second show of a two night stand and features the first 'Jungleland' since Clarence's passing. Other notable performances include Frankie (first time since 2005) and Where The Bands Are (first time from 2003). 


Who'll Stop The Rain?
The Ties That Bind
Out In The Street
Downbound Train
I'm Goin' Down
My Lucky Day
Lost In The Flood
We Take Care Of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
Death To My Hometown
My City Of Ruins
It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City
The River
Because The Night
Lonesome Day
Hungry Heart
Shackled And Drawn
Waiting On A Sunny Day
Where The Bands Are
Land Of Hope And Dreams 
Thunder Road
Born In The U.S.A.
Born To Run
Dancing In The Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Twist And Shout 

Where The Bands Are

Announcing The 2020 Bruce Springsteen Song Tournament

posted Mar 20, 2020, 7:13 AM by Brandon Thompson   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 7:26 AM ]

Annnnnnnd we're back with another Bruce Springsteen bracket tournament. No actual March Madness this year? No problem. This year's songs in the Reunion Era (2000 and beyond). Be sure to visit our twitter page (@blogitallnight) and our instagram page (@springsteen_blogitallnight) to vote for your favorite songs and see them advance. There will be polls on both our twitter and instagram pages! In order to be fair and not include any bias, I had the computer randomly generate the seeds for the matchups. Here's to another great year and to see what song comes out on top. You can follow our bracket by clicking the link below.

And while we're mostly quarantined and working from home...stay safe out there everyone! 


posted Mar 6, 2020, 2:36 PM by Brandon Thompson   [ updated Mar 6, 2020, 2:37 PM ]

Walk like archive release day. This month's archive release takes us back down to the Tunnel of Love Express Tour. This release marks the archive debut of "Walk Like A Man" (see video below). The 30 song setlist features many of the Tunnel of Love tour classics but also includes Elvis Presleys' "Love Me Tender" and Bruce's smoking medley, "Detroit Medley." A cool feature of this archive release is that it also includes a soundcheck version of "Reason To Believe" in addition to the show performed in Detroit. Check out the setlist below and click here to purchase the show


Tunnel Of Love
Be True
Adam Raised A Cain
Two Faces
All That Heaven Will Allow
Cover Me
Brilliant Disguise
Spare Parts
Born In The U.S.A.
Tougher Than The Rest
Ain't Got You
She's The One
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
I'm A Coward
I'm On Fire
One Step Up
Part Man, Part Monkey
Walk Like A Man
Dancing In The Dark
Light of Day
Born To Run
Hungry Heart
Glory Days
Love Me Tender
Detroit Medley 
Raise Your Hand

Reason To Believe (Soundcheck Version) 

Walk Like A Man


posted Feb 7, 2020, 1:05 PM by Brandon Thompson   [ updated Feb 7, 2020, 1:08 PM ]

The Springsteen archive series is back! After a one month hiatus to let the Winterland shows be absorbed, Springsteen's camp is taking us back to the Working On A Dream tour. This time, the tour showcases an earlier show which has a larger showcasing of the songs off Springsteen's new album at the time. At first glance, some fans may be underwhelmed with this release but this is the first real professionally mixed show that is available for download from this era of E Street and we welcome it with open arms. Who doesn't want a perfectly mixed "Outlaw Pete" after all? The show however, does feature a one and only E Street Band performance of "Expressway To Your Heart" thanks to an audience request. 

No Surrender
Outlaw Pete
She's The One
Working On A Dream
Johnny 99
The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Raise Your Hand
Expressway To Your Heart
For You
Waiting On A Sunny Day
The Promised Land
The Wrestler
Kingdom Of Days
Radio Nowhere
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born To Run
Hard Times (Come Again No More)
Land Of Hope and Dreams
American Land
Dancing in the Dark

Expressway To Your Heart

Bruce Springsteen Surprises NJ Light Of Day Crowd For The First Time In Five Years - VIDEOS

posted Jan 19, 2020, 8:07 AM by Brandon Thompson   [ updated Jan 19, 2020, 8:08 AM ]

It was a snowy and then rainy night in Asbury Park, NJ last night but there was that certain magic in the air. Bruce Springsteen was getting ready to blow the roof off of the Paramount Theater along with all the other Light Of Day Foundation musicians. This marks the first time Springsteen has surprised the crowd Paramount Theater crowd since 2015. This was the 20 year anniversary for the Light Of Day foundation and I think it's clear that it was an important event for The Boss. Springsteen, just the night before, was in Florida doing a fundraiser and caught a flight home to a snowy New Jersey to be here for the event and to support Bob Benjamin. Yet again, showing how much Bruce cares for the event. 

Getting onto the performance, Springsteen was ripping and shredding guitar solos and of course taking over lead vocals for his own songs with Joe Grushecky. Bruce was looking right at home and was feeding off the crowd's energy after an invigorating version of "The Promised Land." Springsteen and the House Rockers continued to rip through Grushecky's catalogs with songs that Bruce has appeared on such as "Never Be Enough Time." I can go on and on about the performance but I'll let the videos do the talking (and that's mainly what you're here for). Check out the videos below! For the record, Pink Cadillac was a highlight and Darkness simply always kicks ass at these shows. 

One Guitar

Talking To The King

The Promised Land

Savin' Up

Light Of Day

Darkness On The Edge Of Town & Pink Cadillac

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