LONDON CALLING

Live 28 Jun 2009 version


Bruce Springsteen:London calling to the faraway towns
The war is declared, the battles come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls
London calling, now don't look at us
And the Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing

Bruce Springsteen:The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
The engines stop running, the wheat's growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
London is drowning and I
Springsteen and crowd:I live by the river

Steven Van Zandt:London calling to the imitation zone
Forget it, brother, you can go at it alone
Springsteen and Van Zandt:London calling
Steven Van Zandt:To the zombies of death
Quit holding out and draw another breath
Springsteen and Van Zandt:London calling
Steven Van Zandt:And I don't wanna shout
But while we were talking I saw you running out
Springsteen and Van Zandt:London calling
Steven Van Zandt:We ain't got no high
Except for that one with the yellowy eyes

Springsteen and Van Zandt:The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
The engines stop running, the wheat's growing thin
A nuclear error, I have no fear
London is drowning and I
Springsteen, Van Zandt, and crowd:I live by the river

Bruce Springsteen:Whoa! Whoa! Whao!

Bruce Springsteen:[Guitar solo]

Springsteen and Van Zandt:The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
The engines stop running, the wheat's growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
London is drowning and I
Springsteen, Van Zandt, and crowd:I live by the river

Bruce Springsteen:London calling, I was there, too
An' you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!
Springsteen and Van Zandt:London calling
Bruce Springsteen:At the top of the dial
And after all this, won't you give me a smile?
Springsteen and Van Zandt:London calling
London calling
London calling
London calling

Bruce Springsteen:I never felt so much alive, alive, alive

Info

LONDON CALLING is a 1979 song by The Clash. See the original The Clash version for more details.

Live 28 Jun 2009 version

The above lyrics are for the live 28 Jun 2009 performance of LONDON CALLING at Hyde Park in London, England, during the Working On A Dream Tour. This was during the Hard Rock Calling Festival, and the song was played in a full-band rock arrangement. The complete 28 Jun 2009 show was officially released in 2010 on the London Calling: Live In Hyde Park DVD (see the below section).

Bruce Springsteen performing LONDON CALLING on 28 Jun 2009 at Hyde Park, London, England (from the "London Calling: Live In Hyde Park" DVD)
Bruce Springsteen performing LONDON CALLING on 28 Jun 2009 at Hyde Park, London, England (from the "London Calling: Live In Hyde Park" DVD)

London Calling: Live In Hyde Park

Hard Rock Calling is a music festival held at Hyde Park in London, England, around early summer each year since 2006, and spans the period of two or three days. The festival is organized by Hard Rock Cafe and Live Nation.

During their Working On A Dream Tour, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed on the last day (28 Jun 2009) of the festival and their performance, was captured with High Definition (HD) cameras and was released in its complete form on DVD the following year. The film was officially released on 22 Jun 2010, though it premiered on the big screen in a 90-minute edited version on 05 Jun 2010 at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Museum in Cleveland, OH. The 90-minute cut was also screened in June 2010 various theaters across the United States, with benefits going either to the venue itself in the case of non-profit theater, of The Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.

Promotional poster for the 28 Jun 2009 show at Hyde Park, London, England
Promotional poster for the 28 Jun 2009 show at Hyde Park, London, England
Handwritten setlist for the 28 Jun 2009 show at Hyde Park, London, England
Handwritten setlist for the 28 Jun 2009 show at Hyde Park, London, England

The film is credited to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and is titled "London Calling: Live In Hyde Park". The release takes its name from LONDON CALLING, the Clash classic that Springsteen opened the show with.

In addition to the complete 28 Jun 2009 concert, the release also contains performances of three songs from other shows: an instrumental version of RAISE YOUR HAND from an unknown performance plays over the closing credits, and THE RIVER from Glastonbury Festival and music video for WRECKING BALL recorded at Giants Stadium are included as bonus tracks.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- London Calling: Live In Hyde Park (DVD cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- London Calling: Live In Hyde Park (DVD cover art)

London Calling: Live In Hyde Park charted and peaked at #1 in several countries, including:

Country Chart Weeks at #1 Weeks in chart Charting period
USA 1
Canada 1
UK 1
Ireland 2
Germany 3
Austria 1
Switzerland 1
Denmark 4
Norway 5
Sweden 2
Finland 2
Australia 5
New Zealand 6

The video was directed by Chris Hilson and edited by Emmy- and Grammy-winner Thom Zimny, with audio mixed by Bob Clearmountain (including 5.1 surround) and mastered by Bob Ludwig. London Calling: Live In Hyde Park was released on 22 Jun 2010 on one Blu-Ray disc and as a two DVD set.

Disc 1 (2-DVD set format):

  1. LONDON CALLING
  2. BADLANDS
  3. NIGHT
  4. SHE'S THE ONE
  5. OUTLAW PETE
  6. OUT IN THE STREET
  7. WORKING ON A DREAM
  8. SEEDS
  9. JOHNNY 99
  10. YOUNGSTOWN
  11. GOOD LOVIN'
  12. BOBBY JEAN
  13. TRAPPED
  14. NO SURRENDER
  15. WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY
  16. THE PROMISED LAND
  17. RACING IN THE STREET
  18. RADIO NOWHERE
  19. LONESOME DAY

Disc 2 (2-DVD set format):

  1. THE RISING
  2. BORN TO RUN
  3. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  4. HARD TIMES (COME AGAIN NO MORE)
  5. JUNGLELAND
  6. AMERICAN LAND
  7. GLORY DAYS
  8. DANCING IN THE DARK
  9. RAISE YOUR HAND [instrumental, under end credit sequence]
  10. THE RIVER [27 Jun 2009, Glastonbury Festival]
  11. WRECKING BALL [2009, Giants Stadium]

Blu-ray format:

  • All 30 tracks on a single disc

Live History

LONDON CALLING was performed twice during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009). The complete 28 Jun 2009 show was released on the London Calling: Live In Hyde Park DVD in 2010.

  1. 29 Apr 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  2. 28 Jun 2009 at Hyde Park, London, England

LONDON CALLING was performed off-tour on 23 Feb 2003 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during the 45th Grammy Awards ceremony. The song was played with Steven Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, and Dave Grohl as part of a tribute to The Clash and Joe Strummer.

LONDON CALLING was performed off-tour on 29 Oct 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during the first of the two Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25th anniversary concerts. The song featured a guest appearance by Tom Morello.

  1. 23 Feb 2003 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  2. 29 Oct 2009 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

Available Versions

List of available versions of LONDON CALLING on this website:

LONDON CALLING [Live 28 Jun 2009 version]
LONDON CALLING [Original The Clash version]

Page last updated: 23 Oct 2010