John Lee Hooker - BOOM BOOM

First performance: 26/04/1974


Coverinfo

Bruce played the song 57 times 
 
 
1988-05-11 - MAPLE LEAF BAR, NEW ORLEANS, LA 
 
  • The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle tour
1974-04-26 - ALUMNAE HALL, BROWN UNIVERSITY, PROVIDENCE, RI
The show included an early rendition of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom", although the tune may have actually formed part of the "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) - Shotgun" combination.
 
  • The Tunnel of love tour
1988-05-10 - METROPOLITAN SPORTS CENTER, BLOOMINGTON, MN
This show is the source of an urban legend when it was reported that the origins of the song "Boom Boom" being played was a riff played on the bass, followed by all the band spontaneously joining in and playing the song for the first time ever. Well apart from the two soundcheck versions before the show. 
 
1988-05-13 - MARKET SQUARE ARENA, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
1988-05-16 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1988-05-18 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1988-05-19 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1988-05-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1988-05-23 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1988-06-11 - STADIO COMUNALE, TURIN, ITALY
1988-06-15 - STADIO FLAMINIO, ROME, ITALY
1988-06-16 - STADIO FLAMINIO, ROME, ITALY
1988-06-19 - HIPPODROME DE VINCENNES, PARIS, FRANCE
1988-06-21 - VILLA PARK, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
1988-06-22 - VILLA PARK, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
1988-06-25 - WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON, ENGLAND
1988-06-28 - STADION FEYENOORD, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
1988-06-29 - STADION FEYENOORD, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
1988-07-02 - STOCKHOLMS STADION, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
1988-07-03 - STOCKHOLMS STADION, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
1988-07-07 - RDS ARENA, DUBLIN, IRELAND
1988-07-09 - BRAMALL LANE, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND
1988-07-10 - BRAMALL LANE, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND
1988-07-12 - WALDSTADION, FRANKFURT, WEST GERMANY
1988-07-14 - ST. JAKOB STADION, BASEL, SWITZERLAND
1988-07-17 - OLYMPIA REITSTADION RIEM, MUNICH, WEST GERMANY
1988-07-19 - RADRENNBAHN WEISSENSEE, EAST BERLIN, EAST GERMANY
1988-07-22 - WALDBUHNE, WEST BERLIN, WEST GERMANY
1988-07-25 - IDRAETSPARKEN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
1988-07-30 - WESERSTADION, BREMEN, WEST GERMANY
1988-08-02 - ESTADIO VICENTE CALDERON, MADRID, SPAIN
1988-08-03 - CAMP NOU, BARCELONA, SPAIN
 
  • Reunion tour : Always as a part of Light Of Day
1999-09-27 - UNITED CENTER, CHICAGO, IL : Soundcheck
1999-09-28 - UNITED CENTER, CHICAGO, IL
1999-09-30 - UNITED CENTER, CHICAGO, IL
1999-11-14 - GUND ARENA, CLEVELAND, OH
1999-11-21 - PEPSI ARENA, ALBANY, NY
2000-05-08 - HARTFORD CIVIC CENTER, HARTFORD, CT
2000-06-23 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
 
  • Magic tour
2008-08-19 - HERSHEYPARK STADIUM, HERSHEY, PA
full 'Boom Boom' makes a return to the set after an absence of almost exactly twenty years.
 
  • Working on a dream tour
2009-06-10 - KOENGEN, BERGEN, NORWAY
 
  • Wrecking Ball tour 
2013-05-31 - STADIO EUGANEO, PADUA, ITALY
the request section includes "Boom Boom"
 
1984-01-14 - PATRIX, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (John Eddie)
1984-06-10 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Cats on a Smooth Surface)
Bruce and Nils Lofgren join Cats On A Smooth Surface.
 
1988-05-11 - MAPLE LEAF BAR, NEW ORLEANS, LA (New Orleans Blues Department)
Bruce and Nils Lofgren sit and listen to a few songs by the New Orleans Blues Department, a loose collection of local musicians. After the first set guitarist/vocalist Michael Sklar approaches Springsteen and invites him to join the band during the second set. Bruce accepts, and Sklar drives home and returns with a spare Stratocaster and amp. Springsteen then joins the N.O.B.D on Lowell Fulson's "Reconsider Baby". After a break Nils borrows Sklar's guitar for "Boom Boom" and four other unidentified R&B classics. New Orleans Blues Department are a New Orleans based blues band. The NOBD consisted of a revolving cast of sidemen from other bands, including guitarists Red Priest and Michael Sklar, bassists Spike Perkins and Jack Carter, harmonica players Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes and Ben Maygarden, keyboardist Bob Andrews, drummers Gary Rieger, Willie Panker and Tony Seruntine, and saxophonists Tom Fitzpatrick and Jerry Jumonville.
Source: nola.com

1989-06-02 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Killer Joe)
With Max Weinberg's group Killer Joe, plus Roy Bittan, Patti Scialfa, and The Miami Horns. Killer Joe were a band formed by Max Weinberg. The band consisted of "Killer" Joe Delia, Max Weinberg, Jimmy Vivino, Haywood Gregory, David Keyes, Mark "Love Man" Pender, Jerry Vivino, Bob Smith, and Erik Lawrence. Their sole album Scene of the Crime included the Springsteen-penned "Club Soul City" and "Summer On Signal Hill". Springsteenlyrics
 
1991-07-12 - McLOONE'S RUM RUNNER, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Bobby Bandiera)
1994-08-26 - CLASSICS CAFE, WESTWOOD, NJ (Stand and Deliver)
 
1995-07-09 - CAFE ECKSTEIN, BERLIN, GERMANY (Wolfgang Niedecken)
With Wolfgang Niedecken And His Leopardefellband. One of the numerous 'Hungry Heart' takes recorded during this performance was officially released on the Hungry Heart CD EP as 'Hungry Heart [Berlin 95]' later the same year, although this just featured Bruce’s live vocals from the Eckstein show laid over the original 1980 E Street Band instrumental tracks! First ever Springsteen performance of 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' and first performances in Europe of 'Down The Road Apiece', 'Highway 61 Revisited', and 'Honky Tonk Women', and first ever Springsteen performance in Germany of 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'. 

2001-08-18 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Nils Lofgren, John Eddie)
Following his performance at the Clearwater Festival, Bruce joins Nils Lofgren and his band on stage for a few tunes.

2002-11-02 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Light of Day)
 

Songinfo

"Boom Boom" is a song written by American blues singer/guitarist John Lee Hooker and recorded in 1961. According to Hooker, he wrote the song during an extended engagement at the Apex Bar in Detroit. I would never be on time [for the gig]; I always would be late comin' in. And she [the bartender Willa] kept saying, 'Boom boom – you late again'. Every night: 'Boom, boom – you late again'. I said 'Hmm, that's a song!' ... I got it together, the lyrics, rehearsed it, and I played it at the place, and the people went wild". 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Boom boom boom boom
I wanna shoot you right down
Take you in my arms
I'm in love with you
a love that is true
Boom boom boom boom

I need you right now
I mean right now
I don't mean tomorrow
I mean right now
come on come on
I wanna give it up babe

Shake it up babe
Come on and shake
Shake it up babe
Come on come on shake it up babe

I like the way you walk
I like the way you talk
when you walk that walk
and you talk that talk
you knock me out
right over my feet

Shake it up babe
Come on and shake
Shake it up babe
Come on come on shake it up babe

Boom boom boom boom
I wanna shoot you right down
Take you in my arms
I'm in love with you
a love that is true
Boom boom boom boom