LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bruce Springsteen’s most memorable artifacts, including his favorite Fender guitar and stage outfits, will be on display in an interactive traveling exhibit.
The Grammy Museum announced Tuesday that Bruce Springsteen Live! will open at the Grammy Museum Experience at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on October 1. The exhibit will feature live performance footage from Springsteen and the E Street Band, instruments, stage costumes and exclusive interviews.
The New Jersey exhibit will run until March 20, 2022. It will visit the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles in the fall of next year.
“As we reopen the doors to our museum and many of us return to the workplace, it seemed entirely appropriate that we turned to ‘The Boss’ to lead the way.” Mark Conklin, director of artist relations and programming at the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center, said in a statement. “No musical artist has captured the spirit and resilience of New Jerseyans in song better than Bruce Springsteen, so we couldn’t imagine a more fitting exhibit right now.”
Springsteen’s modified Fender guitar that featured on several of his album covers such as “Human Torch” and “Born to Run” will be on display. Other items will include stage clothing from Springsteen and members of E Street as well as a signed itinerary from his human rights tour, a six-week fundraising tour in 1988. A stage prop from the box office from the Tunnel of Love tour will also be highlighted at the exhibit.
A saxophone played by the late Clarence Clemons – who played alongside Springsteen for 40 years – will be on display. The saxophone was passed down to Clemons’ nephew, Jake Clemons, who continues to use the instrument as a new member of the E Street Band since 2012.
Through an interactive kiosk, visitors will be able to view Springsteen’s handwritten lists and create their own callbacks to compare with the legendary performer’s original.
“Few artists embody the soul and excitement of live rock and roll like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band,” said co-curator Robert Santelli, founding executive director of the Grammy Museum. “This exhibit is sure to get fans excited to see Springsteen in concert again, hopefully soon.”
The Grammy Museum has partnered with the Bruce Springsteen Archives and the Center for American Music at Monmouth University.