Rare Pictures of Bruce Springsteen on His 70th Birthday; A Look Back at The Boss Over the Years

Bruce at New Haven Coliseum - Photo by Carl Lender

By DONNA BALANCIA

Bruce Springsteen turns 70 today and we take a look back at The Boss through rare images over the years.

Few rockers have impacted the American landscape as has the Freehold, N.J.-born Springsteen, whose poetic and sweeping music and lyrics reflected the times, and paved the way for a new genre of music. 

The energetic septuagenarian has a lot more in store — and in his online store. In addition to a new record, a new movie coming out, a Broadway play and the film “Springsteen On Broadway,” on Netflix, he’s releasing a treasure trove of live shows through his website BruceSpringsteen.net.

A jewel in the live bootleg crown is the Sept. 19, 1978 show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, N.J., that has 24 tracks, remastered from the broadcast. The concert opens with “Badlands,” and Bruce and the E. Street Band also perform tunes including “Thunder Road,” “Jungleland,” “Not Fade Away – She’s The One,” and “Born To Run.” 

Check out Springsteen’s second night at the Capitol Theatre on Sept. 20, 1978

His perhaps most notable, classic album, Born To Run was released in 1975. But Springsteen has come a long way since then, with the new album out called Western Stars, and the feature film companion to which bowed at the Toronto Film Fest and will get a fall release.

Take a look at Springsteen through the years. Photos by Dan, Laura, Takahiro Kyono, Carl Lender, John Matthew Smith, Shane Kaye, and Chris in Philly. Many thanks.

Meeting The Boss – Photo by Dan
Bruce and Little Steven – Photo by Dan
Photo by Shane Kaye
Bruce at Kennedy Center in 2001 – Photo by John Matthew Smith
Bruce loved Clarence too – Photo by Takahiro Kyono
Bruce and the E Street Band at Wembley – Photo by Dan
The Boss at President Obama campaign in 2008 – Photo by Chris in Philly
Photo by Laura
Bruce in Frankfurt 1981 – Photo by Dan
Clarence and The Boss – Photo by Dan