Rolling Stones ( The ) - Street Fighting Man

First performance: 29/06/1984


Bruce covered the song 28 times:
All during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour. The song was played in an E Street Band rock arrangement.

1985-07-06 Wembley Stadium, London, England
Little Steven guests on the final encores. European debut "Street Fighting Man".

1984-10-29 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1984-10-25 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA

1984-10-22 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
Also featured is Bruce dancing with his sister Pamela on stage.

1984-10-19 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA

1984-09-21 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Two days before this show, in Hammonton, New Jersey, Ronald Reagan spoke before an enthusiastic crowd. "America's future," Reagan said, "rests in the message of hope in songs of a man so many young Americans admire, New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen." Speaking before "Johnny 99", Bruce responded to Reagan. "Well, the President was mentioning my name in his speech the other day," he said, "and I kind of got to wondering what his favorite album of mine must've been…I don´t think it was the Nebraska album, I don't think he's been listening to this one."

1984-09-12 Spectrum, Philadelphia

1984-08-25 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
"Street Fighting Man" returns to the encores.

1984-08-09 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford
1984-08-08 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford
Released on the Brendan Byrne Arena August 6, 1984 official live download in 2015. 

1984-07-30 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI

1984-07-27 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Open-air show. Many of the crowd are allowed in to hear the last song of the soundcheck.

1984-07-24 CNE Grandstand, Toronto, ON
1984-07-23 CNE Grandstand, Toronto, ON
1984-07-21 Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC
1984-07-18 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1984-07-17 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1984-07-15 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1984-07-13 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
1984-07-12 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
1984-07-09 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1984-07-08 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1984-07-06 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
1984-07-05 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
1984-07-02 St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN
1984-07-01 St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN

1984-06-29 St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN
"Dancing In The Dark" is played twice for the video shoot, directed by Brian De Palma. Pulled out of the audience during the shoot to dance with Bruce is actress Courteney Cox, later to become a household name as Monica in Friends. Cox is reported to have been paid $350 for her efforts.


"Street Fighting Man" is a song by the Rolling Stones featured on their 1968 album Beggars Banquet. Called the band's "most political song,"  Originally titled and recorded as "Did Everyone Pay Their Dues?", containing the same music but very different lyrics, "Street Fighting Man" is known as one of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' most politically inclined works to date. Jagger allegedly wrote it about Tariq Ali after he attended a 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. He also found inspiration in the rising violence among student rioters on Paris' Left Bank, the precursor to a period of civil unrest in May 1968. Mick Jagger explained in a 1995 interview with Jann Wenner in Rolling Stone:

"Yeah, it was a direct inspiration, because by contrast, London was very quiet ... It was a very strange time in France. But not only in France but also in America, because of the Vietnam War and these endless disruptions ... I thought it was a very good thing at the time. There was all this violence going on. I mean, they almost toppled the government in France; de Gaulle went into this complete funk, as he had in the past, and he went and sort of locked himself in his house in the country. And so the government was almost inactive. And the French riot police were amazing. "

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce covered 21 songs of the Rolling Stones and had 3 performances with them : 
Bruce joins The Rolling Stones on the World Stage at the "Rock in Rio" Festival, performing "Tumbling Dice" together.  
Bruce's last public action in 2012 is a scheduled appearance as a special guest with The Rolling Stones on their 50th anniversary tour in Newark. A somewhat starstruck Bruce shares lead vocals with Mick Jagger. This is the first time Springsteen has played "Tumbling Dice", from the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile On Main St. 
1989-01-18 Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY 
Springsteen attends the fourth Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremonies. The night's inductees are The Rolling Stones. Bruce jammed with an all - star band, including The Stones.


Ev'rywhere I hear the sound
Of marching charging feet, boy
'Cause summer's here and the time is right
For fighting in the street, boy
Well now, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n' roll band?
'Cause in sleepy London town
There's just no place for a street fighting man, no
Hey think the time is right
For a palace revolution
But where I live the game
To play is compromise solution
Well now, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n' roll band?
'Cause in sleepy London town
There's just no place for a street fighting man, no. Get down.
Hey so my name is called Disturbance
I'll shout and scream
I'll kill the king, I'll rail at all his servants
Well, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n' roll band?
'Cause in sleepy London town
There's just no place for a street fighting man, no
Get down