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In new memoir, Springsteen recalls opening Born in USA Tour in St. Paul

One of the 79 chapters in Bruce Springsteen’s brand new 508-page memoir, “Born To Run,” is devoted to one night in St. Paul.

Specifically, June, 29, 1984, when he opened the pivotal Born in the USA Tour -- his first of three nights at the old St. Paul Civic Center.

Over the three pages in this mini-chapter, the Boss addresses three topics: the filming of the “Dancing in the Dark” video; the wardrobe for himself and the E Street Band, and the first-ever live performances by Nils Lofgren and Patti Scialfa with the E Street Band.

The key nugget about the filming of the video with Brian DePalma, the director of “Scarface” and “The Untouchables,” was that Springsteen thought that the young woman De Palma asked him to pull out of the crowd to dance with was a fan. He said that De Palma told him later that she was chosen from a casting call in New York City.

You might recall that her name was Courteney Cox. Yes, the one who later landed on “Friends.”

As for the band’s wardrobe, the Boss opined that the tour was “sartorial horror sweeping E Street nation.” After calling himself a wardrobe Nazi on previous tours, he let the band members chose their own outfits: Clarence Clemon’s “Gap Band box cut, Nils’ [Lofgren] bandana and satin jockey jacket, Max’s [Weinberg] perm, Roy’s [Bittan] Cosby sweaters, and my soon-to-be-iconic bandana and pumped muscles. Looking back on these photos now, I look simply…gay.”

Five minutes before showtime, Scialfa knocked on Springsteen’s dressing room door to get approval for her jeans-and-peasant-blouse look. He thought she looked “girly” so he opened his small suitcase of T-shirts and told her to choose one.

Then came the show. Springsteen wrote that Lofgren messed up his first solo. “He’s caught briefly, a deer in the headlights. He goes red, we laugh it off, he settles in and aces the rest of the evening. Patti looks terrific (in my T-shirt!) and does beautifully under difficult conditions. Our new edition is battle ready and prepared for what lies ahead.”

Prince's family announces after-parties tied to Xcel tribute concert

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Prince was the king of after-parties. So his family is trying to follow suit by staging three late-night events in conjunction with the Oct. 13 tribute concert at Xcel Energy Center featuring Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, John Mayer and others.

The Dance On Til Dawn parties will be presented Oct. 12, 13 and 14 at Muse Event Center in downtown Minneapolis. G Sharp will lead a house band, a DJ will spin discs, and special guests, including Andre Cymone and Judith Hill, will perform.

Tickets are priced from $31.21 to $250; a three-night VIP package is  $600. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at

The post-Xcel party on Oct. 13 will go until 4 a.m. The others are scheduled from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

For updates and more info, follow @PRNFamily on Twitter.

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