RADIO NOWHERE

Album version


I was trying to find my way home
But all I heard was a drone
Bouncing off a satellite
Crushing the last lone American night

This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?
This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?

I was spinning 'round a dead dial
Just another lost number in a file
Dancing down a dark hole
Just searching for a world with some soul

This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?
This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?
Is there anybody alive out there?

I just want to hear some rhythm
I just want to hear some rhythm
I just want to hear some rhythm
I just want to hear some rhythm

I want a thousand guitars
I want pounding drums
I want a million different voices speaking in tongues

This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?
This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?
Is there anybody alive out there?

[instrumental]

I was driving through the misty rain
Yeah searching for a mystery train
Bopping through the wild blue
Trying to make a connection with you

This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?
This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?
Is there anybody alive out there?

I just want to feel some rhythm (I just want to)
I just want to feel some rhythm (I just want to)
I just want to feel your rhythm (I just want to)
I just want to feel your rhythm (I just want to)
I just want to feel your rhythm (I just want to)
I just want to feel your rhythm (I just want to)
I just want to feel your rhythm (I just want to)
I just want to feel your rhythm (I just want to)


Info

RADIO NOWHERE is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2007 album Magic. The above lyrics are for Springsteen's album version of RADIO NOWHERE as released on Magic.

The album version of RADIO NOWHERE was included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition) compilation album, the Greatest Hits (2009 editions) compilation album, and the Collection: 1973-2012 compilation album.

Composition

It's unknown when exactly RADIO NOWHERE was written, but it's probably late 2006. In an interview published in the 01 Nov 2007 issue of Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen told Joe Levy: "It's an end-of-the-world scenario – he's seeing the apocalypse. All communications are down: 'Trying to find my way home/All I heard was a drone bouncing' – trying to connect to you. It comes down to trying to make people happy, feel less lonely, but also being a conduit for a dialogue about the events of the day, the issues that impact people's lives, personal and social and political and religious. That's how I always saw the job of our band. That was my service. At this point, I'm in the middle of a very long conversation with my audience."

Studio Recording

In late 2006, Bruce Springsteen invited producer Brendan O'Brien up to his New Jersey house to play him a batch of new songs he had been working on. "We literally sat in his living room, he hands me a book of lyrics and he played me the songs on the guitar," O'Brien told Rolling Stone. He said that the version of RADIO NOWHERE recorded for Magic changed very little from the version Springsteen played him at his house the previous year. "It's a pretty straight-ahead rocker," O'Brien described it. "The most straightforward song I've heard him do in years." Manager Jon Landau told Rolling Stone that the track "has a real anthemic quality to it. If it doesn't get you out of your seat, I don't know what will."

The song was recorded during the Magic recording sessions which took place between March and May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA. Springsteen plays guitar and sings vocals on the album version of the song, and is backed by Max Weinberg on drums, Garry Tallent on bass guitar, Clarence Clemons on saxophone and background vocals, Steven Van Zandt on background vocals, Patti Scialfa on background vocals, and Nils Lofgren on guitar.

Release Date and Reception

On 22 Aug 2007, six days prior to its official release, RADIO NOWHERE leaked on the internet and to satellite radio the following day and to regular radio the day after that. New York's 95.5 WPLJ, with co-hosts Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill, gave commuters a surprise double-shot of RADIO NOWHERE on the morning of 24 Aug 2007. WPLJ's Programming VP Tom Cuddy told Backstreets that "the response by listeners was overwhelming. Our request lines lit up like a Christmas tree! Fans loved it... it's three minutes and 16 seconds of straight-ahead rock 'n' roll with a terrific Clarence solo!" He continues: "We received a call from Sony Music this morning after we played it the first time, requesting that we stop. However, we told him we promised fans we'd play it one more time – which we did."

Later in the day, classic rocker Q104.3 in New York City reportedly played the song several times in a row. The song was also played twice in the afternoon of that day by 93.3 WNCD in Youngstown, OH, but they stopped after being contacted by a Columbia Records representative. On 26 Aug 2007, Steven Van Zandt also played RADIO NOWHERE on his Underground Garage radio show.

The official release for radio was set for Tuesday 28 Aug 2007 and RADIO NOWHERE received some of its biggest promotion and early airplay from sports talk host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo on WFAN in New York. Being a big huge Springsteen fan, he could not stop raving about the song. In fact, callers frequently opened their conversations with Russo by chanting Springsteen's "Is there anyone alive out there?" line from the song.

RADIO NOWHERE was released as a free limited-timespan digital single on 28 Aug 2007, available for download at the iTunes store. Sony BMG created the website "www.radionowheredownload.com" (now offline) at this time, which also offered the single free for Springsteen's fan base in Europe (for whom iTunes is not always an option), making it available for free well in advance of the commercial release of the album.

Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere (single cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere (single cover art)

The single was issued on CD-R for promotional purposes worldwide.

Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere

CD-R single - Columbia (88697 17050 2) - USA, 2007

1-track promotional CD-R, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

01- RADIO NOWHERE
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalog number) - UK, 2007

1-track promotional CD-R, comes in a clear plastic sleeve with title inlay.

01- RADIO NOWHERE
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere

CD-R single - Sony/BMG (no catalog number) - Holland, 2007

1-track promotional CD-R, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

01- RADIO NOWHERE
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere

CD-R single - Sony/BMG (no catalog number) - Denmark, 2007

1-track promotional CD-R, comes in a clear plastic sleeve with stickered title inlay.

01- RADIO NOWHERE
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalog number) - France, 2007

1-track promotional CD-R, comes in a stickered cardbaord sleeve.

01- RADIO NOWHERE
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere
Bruce Springsteen -- Radio Nowhere

CD-R single - Sony Music (no catalog number) - Japan, 2007

1-track promotional CD-R, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

01- RADIO NOWHERE

Despite all this initial drama, RADIO NOWHERE was not a chart success in the United States, failing to reach the Billboard Hot 100. The song charted significantly higher in European countries.

Country Chart Peak position Weeks in chart Charting period
Canada Canadian Hot 100 55 8
Germany Media Control Charts 90 1
Ireland IRMA 24
Italy Top Digital Download 25
Norway VG-lista 2 23 Sep 2007 to Jul 2008
Poland 45
Portugal 25
Sweden Sverigetopplistan 60 1 Oct 2007
Switzerland Singles Chart 87 2 Nov 2007
UK UK Singles Chart 96

RADIO NOWHERE was awarded Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song at the Grammy Awards of 2008. The primary ceremony took place on 10 Feb 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, and was televised in the United States on CBS; however, most of the awards (included the ones Springsteen won) were handed out during a pre-telecast portion of the show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. Springsteen did not attend either ceremonies.

Music Video

The music video for RADIO NOWHERE, directed by Thom Zimny, premiered on 04 Sep 2007 on Amazon.com. It consists mostly of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band playing the song in a darkened studio, interspersed with filmed Manhattan street scenes and a few shots of a recent promotional photograph of Springsteen being torn. Of the E Streeters, Patti Scialfa, Steve Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, and Nils Lofgren get the most face time in the video; quasi-member Soozie Tyrell is absent altogether.


Tommy Tutone's Song

The opening guitar riff and chord progression are so reminiscent of Tommy Tutone's 1982 hit 867-5309/JENNY that Tommy Tutone lead singer Tommy Heath told the Chicago Tribune that "everybody's calling me about it," and that, "I think it's close enough that if I wanted to [take legal action], I could work with it." "I don't really get into that sort of thing," he added, "but the kids do need braces so maybe I will." Most musical plagiarism cases hinge on borrowed melodies, while these two songs' similarities lie more in the chord changes and beat.

Heath never took action, and there's really no ground for any case. The chord progression used in RADIO NOWHERE may be the same as the Tommy Tutone's song, but it is in a completely different key and the lick played at the beginning of 867-5309/JENNY is different than the one played at the beginning of RADIO NOWHERE. The Em-C-G-D has been used in countless other pop rock songs.

Magic

Magic is Bruce Springsteen's fifteenth studio album. It was released on 02 Oct 2007 on Columbia Records. The album was officially announced, along with its track listing, on 16 Aug 2007. It was produced by Brendan O'Brien and was recorded between March and May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA.

Bruce Springsteen -- Magic (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Magic (album cover art)

Magic was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album but failed to win. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming Springsteen's eighth number one album in the U.S. and selling about 335,000 copies in its first week. In addition to the U.S., Magic peaked at number one in several European countries including the UK.

The album features 12 tracks and clocks at 50:48. The twelfth track is bonus hidden track that was added to the album two weeks after the album was announced.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released as part of Sony BMG'S (previously Sony Music Entertainment) series of "Essential" sets. According to Springsteen's liner notes comments, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour.

The collection is fundamentally a 2-disc set (clocking at 153:37) compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Live In New York City release. A 3-disc limited edition (clocking at 201:04) was also released. It includes a bonus third disc comprising of a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. It also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was reissued on 16 Oct 2015, this time as a 2-disc set (clocking at 156:25) with an updated track list, compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Greatest Hits (1995 edition) collection. This 2015 reissue features remastered tracks not found in that form on other Springsteen releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)

Greatest Hits 2009 Edition

Greatest Hits (2009 edition) is a compilation album released by Columbia Records on 13 Jan 2009 in the United State where it was sold exclusively through Wal-Mart retailers. The album was also released (but non-exclusively) in Canada. Unlike the 1995 Greatest Hits release and The Essential Bruce Springsteen in 2003, this compilation was billed to "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band" instead of just "Bruce Springsteen". The album contains 12 previously released studio tracks and clocks at 53:08.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 USA edition cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 USA edition cover art)

On 01 Jun 2009, Columbia Records released a European edition of the compilation album with an alternative track listing to promote Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's European leg of the Working On A Dream Tour. The European edition was also released in Israel and Mexico, and in Australia in August 2009. The album comes in a standard jewel case, but a limited digipack edition was also released in Europe. Greatest Hits (2009 European edition) contains 16 previously released studio tracks and 2 live bonus tracks taken from the Live/1975-85 box set. It clocks at 79:03.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 Europe edition cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 Europe edition cover art)

The album charted in several countries, but only made it to # 1 in Sweden. In general, the album did much better in Europe than in North America.

Collection: 1973-2012

Collection: 1973-2012 is a Bruce Springsteen compilation album released on Columbia Records in 2013. It was released on 08 Mar 2013 in Australia and 15 Apr 2013 in Europe. The compilation was not released commercially in the United States. Instead, a promotional version was given out exclusively to $1,500 ticket holders at the "MusiCares Person Of The Year" tribute event held in Los Angeles, CA, on 08 Feb 2013. The event honoured Springsteen for both his artistic achievements and philanthropic efforts. The compilation consists of 18 previously released studio tracks.

Bruce Springsteen -- Collection: 1973-2012 (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Collection: 1973-2012 (album cover art)

Other Official Releases

The album version of RADIO NOWHERE also appears on two promotional various artists albums and EPs.

Various artists -- Hit's A Sony Music Express Vol. 57 November 2007
Various artists -- Hit's A Sony Music Express Vol. 57 November 2007

CD - Sony Music Japan International (SDCI 80513) - Japan, 2007

Promotional album.
Various artists -- New Music To Radio - WC 3/09/07
Various artists -- New Music To Radio - WC 3/09/07

CD-R - Sony BMG Music Entertainment (no catalog number) - Australia, 2007

Promotional 5-track EP.

Other versions of RADIO NOWHERE were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- London Calling: Live In Hyde Park (DVD cover art)
The live 28 Jun 2009 version of RADIO NOWHERE was released on the London Calling: Live In Hyde Park home video in 2010.
Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... (Season 2) (DVD cover art)
The live 25 Sep 2009 version of RADIO NOWHERE was released on the Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... (Season 2) home video in 2011.
live.brucespringsteen.net
Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows were officially released on live.brucespringsteen.net. These include 5 versions of RADIO NOWHERE.

  1. 08 Feb 2014 at Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
  2. 12 Feb 2014 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
  3. 23 Feb 2014 at Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, Australia
  4. 22 Apr 2014 at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  5. 17 May 2014 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Live History: on-tour

In preparation for the Magic Tour, RADIO NOWHERE was performed during all of the tour's three public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park and East Rutherford. The song is also known to have been practiced during at least 5 of the private rehearsals that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg, and during at least 2 of the private rehearsals that took place in February 2008 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's second U.S. leg.

  1. 10 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  2. 12 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  3. 13 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  4. 18 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  5. 21 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  6. 24 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)
  7. 25 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)
  8. 28 Sep 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (public rehearsal)
  9. 25 Feb 2008 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  10. 26 Feb 2008 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)

RADIO NOWHERE was performed 99 times during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008), dropped from the set only on 05 Jul 2008 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The song was played in its full-band album arrangement. It was the show opener on most of these dates, and the second or the third on the set list on the remaining ones. The 30 Aug 2008 performance was during Harley-Davidson's 105th Anniversary Celebration. See the live 30 Oct 2007 version.

  1. 02 Oct 2007 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  2. 05 Oct 2007 at Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
  3. 06 Oct 2007 at Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
  4. 09 Oct 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  5. 10 Oct 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  6. 14 Oct 2007 at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Canada
  7. 15 Oct 2007 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
  8. 17 Oct 2007 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  9. 18 Oct 2007 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  10. 21 Oct 2007 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  11. 22 Oct 2007 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  12. 25 Oct 2007 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  13. 26 Oct 2007 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  14. 29 Oct 2007 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  15. 30 Oct 2007 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  16. 02 Nov 2007 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  17. 04 Nov 2007 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  18. 05 Nov 2007 at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
  19. 11 Nov 2007 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  20. 12 Nov 2007 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  21. 14 Nov 2007 at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  22. 15 Nov 2007 at Times Union Center, Albany, NY
  23. 18 Nov 2007 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
  24. 19 Nov 2007 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
  25. 25 Nov 2007 at Palacio De Deportes De La Comunidad De Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  26. 26 Nov 2007 at Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain
  27. 28 Nov 2007 at Datch Forum, Milan, Italy
  28. 01 Dec 2007 at Gelredome, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  29. 02 Dec 2007 at Sap Arena, Mannheim, Germany
  30. 04 Dec 2007 at Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
  31. 08 Dec 2007 at Forum København, Copenhagen, Denmark
  32. 10 Dec 2007 at Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
  33. 12 Dec 2007 at Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
  34. 13 Dec 2007 at Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany
  35. 15 Dec 2007 at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  36. 17 Dec 2007 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
  37. 19 Dec 2007 at The O2 Arena, London, England
  38. 28 Feb 2008 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  39. 02 Mar 2008 at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
  40. 03 Mar 2008 at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Canada
  41. 06 Mar 2008 at Blue Cross Arena At The War Memorial, Rochester, NY
  42. 07 Mar 2008 at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
  43. 10 Mar 2008 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  44. 14 Mar 2008 at Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
  45. 16 Mar 2008 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  46. 17 Mar 2008 at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
  47. 20 Mar 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
  48. 22 Mar 2008 at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
  49. 24 Mar 2008 at Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
  50. 28 Mar 2008 at Rose Garden, Portland, OR
  51. 29 Mar 2008 at Keyarena At Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
  52. 31 Mar 2008 at GM Place, Vancouver, BC
  53. 04 Apr 2008 at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
  54. 05 Apr 2008 at HP Pavilion At San Jose, San Jose, CA
  55. 07 Apr 2008 at Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
  56. 08 Apr 2008 at Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
  57. 13 Apr 2008 at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  58. 14 Apr 2008 at Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  59. 22 Apr 2008 at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
  60. 23 Apr 2008 at Amway Arena, Orlando, FL
  61. 25 Apr 2008 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  62. 27 Apr 2008 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Charlotte, NC
  63. 28 Apr 2008 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
  64. 30 Apr 2008 at John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
  65. 02 May 2008 at Bankatlantic Center, Sunrise, FL
  66. 22 May 2008 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  67. 23 May 2008 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  68. 25 May 2008 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  69. 28 May 2008 at Old Trafford, Manchester, England
  70. 30 May 2008 at Emirates Stadium, London, England
  71. 31 May 2008 at Emirates Stadium, London, England
  72. 14 Jun 2008 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
  73. 16 Jun 2008 at LTU Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany
  74. 18 Jun 2008 at Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  75. 21 Jun 2008 at HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg, Germany
  76. 23 Jun 2008 at Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
  77. 25 Jun 2008 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
  78. 27 Jun 2008 at Parc Des Princes, Paris, France
  79. 29 Jun 2008 at Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  80. 04 Jul 2008 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
  81. 07 Jul 2008 at Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
  82. 08 Jul 2008 at Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
  83. 11 Jul 2008 at Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland
  84. 15 Jul 2008 at Estadio Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
  85. 17 Jul 2008 at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
  86. 19 Jul 2008 at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
  87. 20 Jul 2008 at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
  88. 27 Jul 2008 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  89. 28 Jul 2008 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  90. 31 Jul 2008 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  91. 02 Aug 2008 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
  92. 15 Aug 2008 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
  93. 16 Aug 2008 at North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, SC
  94. 18 Aug 2008 at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
  95. 19 Aug 2008 at Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA
  96. 21 Aug 2008 at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN
  97. 23 Aug 2008 at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
  98. 24 Aug 2008 at Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
  99. 30 Aug 2008 at The Roadhouse At The Lakefront, Milwaukee, WI

In preparation for the Working On A Dream Tour, RADIO NOWHERE was performed during both of the tour's two public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in March 2009 in Asbury Park. The song featured Jay Weinberg on drums. The song is also known to have been practiced during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place in March 2009 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg.

  1. 17 Mar 2009 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  2. 23 Mar 2009 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)
  3. 24 Mar 2009 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)

RADIO NOWHERE was performed 42 times during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009). The song was played in its full-band album arrangement. Jay Weinberg substituted for his father on drums on 21 of these performances. The complete 28 Jun 2009 show was released on the London Calling: Live In Hyde Park DVD in 2010. See the live 28 Jun 2009 version for more details.

  1. 01 Apr 2009 at HP Pavilion At San Jose, San Jose, CA
  2. 03 Apr 2009 at Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ
  3. 05 Apr 2009 at University Of Texas, Austin, TX
  4. 08 Apr 2009 at Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  5. 21 Apr 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  6. 22 Apr 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  7. 24 Apr 2009 at XL Center, Hartford, CT (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  8. 26 Apr 2009 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  9. 28 Apr 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  10. 29 Apr 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  11. 02 May 2009 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  12. 04 May 2009 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  13. 05 May 2009 at John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  14. 07 May 2009 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
  15. 08 May 2009 at Penn State University, University Park, PA
  16. 11 May 2009 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  17. 12 May 2009 at United Center, Chicago, IL (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  18. 14 May 2009 at Times Union Center, Albany, NY (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  19. 15 May 2009 at Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  20. 18 May 2009 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  21. 21 May 2009 at Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  22. 30 May 2009 at Megaland, Landgraaf, The Netherlands (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  23. 02 Jun 2009 at Ratinan Stadion, Tampere, Finland (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  24. 05 Jun 2009 at Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  25. 07 Jun 2009 at Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  26. 09 Jun 2009 at Koengen, Bergen, Norway (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  27. 13 Jun 2009 at Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  28. 27 Jun 2009 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, England
  29. 28 Jun 2009 at Hyde Park, London, England
  30. 30 Jun 2009 at Stade De Suisse, Bern, Switzerland
  31. 12 Jul 2009 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  32. 14 Jul 2009 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
  33. 16 Jul 2009 at Festival Des Vieilles Charrues, Carhaix, France
  34. 26 Jul 2009 at Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
  35. 30 Jul 2009 at Estadio Municipal De Foietes, Benidorm, Spain
  36. 25 Aug 2009 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  37. 13 Sep 2009 at BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, FL
  38. 16 Sep 2009 at BI-LO Center, Greenville, SC (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  39. 20 Sep 2009 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  40. 19 Oct 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  41. 10 Nov 2009 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  42. 20 Nov 2009 at 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD

RADIO NOWHERE was performed 21 times during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013). The song was played in its full-band album arrangement.

  1. 23 Mar 2012 at Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, FL
  2. 27 May 2012 at Rheinenergiestadion, Cologne, Germany
  3. 28 May 2012 at Megaland, Landgraaf, The Netherlands
  4. 07 Jun 2012 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
  5. 23 Jul 2012 at Koengen, Bergen, Norway
  6. 24 Jul 2012 at Koengen, Bergen, Norway
  7. 27 Jul 2012 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
  8. 18 Aug 2012 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
  9. 25 Oct 2012 at XL Center, Hartford, CT
  10. 31 Oct 2012 at Blue Cross Arena At The War Memorial, Rochester, NY
  11. 26 Nov 2012 at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada
  12. 27 Mar 2013 at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
  13. 04 May 2013 at Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden
  14. 11 May 2013 at Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden
  15. 14 May 2013 at Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  16. 23 May 2013 at Piazza Del Plebiscito, Naples, Italy
  17. 28 May 2013 at AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany
  18. 15 Jun 2013 at Wembley Stadium, London, England
  19. 18 Jun 2013 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
  20. 26 Jun 2013 at Estadio Municipal El Molinon, Gijon, Spain
  21. 05 Jul 2013 at Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach, Germany

RADIO NOWHERE was performed 5 times during the High Hopes Tour (34 dates, January to May 2014). Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows are officially available for purchase. See the live 08 Feb 2014 version for more details.

  1. 08 Feb 2014 at Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
  2. 12 Feb 2014 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
  3. 23 Feb 2014 at Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, Australia
  4. 22 Apr 2014 at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  5. 17 May 2014 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Live History: off-tour

RADIO NOWHERE was performed off-tour on 28 Sep 2007 (morning) at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, NY, during Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's live broadcast on The Today Show. The song was played in its full-band album arrangement.

RADIO NOWHERE was performed off-tour on 25 Sep 2009 at Apollo Theater in New York City, NY, during the taping of "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With Bruce Springsteen". The song was played in a full-band arrangement, with Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, and Elvis Costello & The Imposters. The 25 Sep 2009 show was released on the Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... (Season 2) home video in 2011. See the live 25 Sep 2009 version for more details.

  1. 28 Sep 2007 (morning) at Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, NY
  2. 25 Sep 2009 at Apollo Theater, New York City, NY

Between 2002 and 2011, Bruce Springsteen played private benefit shows for schools and colleges that his kids attended — Rumson Country Day School of Rumson, NJ, and Ranney School of Tinton Falls, NJ, and Boston College of Chestnut Hill, MA. RADIO NOWHERE was performed at one of these fundraisers, on 23 Jan 2010 in Asbury Park, NJ, backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band.

  1. 23 Jan 2010 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (during a private fundraiser for Ranney School)

Bruce Springsteen appeared at a total of six Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers concerts at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2010, 2011, and 2014. RADIO NOWHERE was performed on 04 Nov 2011.

  1. 04 Nov 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Covers

A few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's RADIO NOWHERE.

Steve Lieberman -- Shake The Missile Base (album cover art)
Steve Lieberman -- Shake The Missile Base

CD - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2007
Lullaby Players -- Sleepytime Tunes: Bruce Springsteen Lullaby Tribute (album cover art)
Lullaby Players -- Sleepytime Tunes: Bruce Springsteen Lullaby Tribute

CD - Copycats Entertainment (CCE 9048) - USA, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- For You 2: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- For You 2: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Route 66 Music (DTCDA005-2) - Italy, 2010

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. RADIO NOWHERE is performed by Daniele Groff.
Noush Skaugen -- Soho Sessions (EP cover art)
Noush Skaugen -- Soho Sessions

Digital EP - Storytown (unknown catalog number) - UK, 2010

This is a download-only digital EP.
George Mileson -- Leap of Faith: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
George Mileson -- Leap of Faith: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Growin' Up Records (8471812289631) - Spain, 2012

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Catch This Beat -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen (album cover art)
Catch This Beat -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Talking Clive (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Luigi Stephensen -- Noir Et Blanc (album cover art)
Luigi Stephensen -- Noir Et Blanc

Digital album - CD Run (unknown catalog number) - France, 2013

This is a download-only digital album.
Various artists -- Thunder Road: A Folk-Punk Tribute To Bruce Springsteen (album cover art)
Various artists -- Thunder Road: A Folk-Punk Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Anxiety Attack (AA-005) - USA, 2014

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. RADIO NOWHERE is performed by The Matchup.

References

Info about the RADIO NOWHERE music video is copied from Wikipedia. Info for some of the above RADIO NOWHERE cover releases is taken from the Nebraska website.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of RADIO NOWHERE on this website:

RADIO NOWHERE [Album version]
RADIO NOWHERE [Live 30 Oct 2007 version]
RADIO NOWHERE [Live 28 Jun 2009 version]
RADIO NOWHERE [Live 25 Sep 2009 version]
RADIO NOWHERE [Live 08 Feb 2014 version]

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