Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away

First performance: 23/10/1971


Bruce played the song 9 times as a stand-alone song. - 43 times in a medley with "She's The One". Once as a snippet
Also other songs were involved as a built up for "She's The One " (Mona / Gloria/ Preacher's daughter/ Gunslinger)

  • 9 times as a stand-alone song
The song was performed together with Southside Johnny at the outdoor Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. First Bruce joined Garry Tallent for one song: 'Dirty Rotten Shame', when Tallent did his opening set for Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. Later on, he returned for a seven-song guest set with the Southside and the Jukes.
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1994-11-13 Castaic Lake, Castaic, CA
With Jackson Browne: With Jackson Browne. Bruce takes part in the eleventh annual Love Ride charity motorcycle ride. The Love Ride is a 50-mile motorcycle caravan with tens of thousands of participants, including celebrities Proceeds from the event (this year the ride raised $1,070,000) go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The rally finished at Castaic Lake, just outside Los Angeles, where a post-race Jackson Browne concert was held. Browne performed three sets and he was joined onstage by Bruce Springsteen during the third.
1991-08-04 Cheers, Long Branch, NJ

1989-06-09 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1978-10-17 Troubadour (The), West Hollywood, CA
1976-11-26 Bottom Line (The), New York City, NY (Late)

1971-10-23 Keller Hall Gymnasium, Richmond, VA 
During the early years “Not fade away” was played live (at least) 1 time with the Bruce Springsteen Band.
  • 43 times in a medley with "She's The One".
2014-05-06 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
2014-04-26 Aaron's Amphitheatre At Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
2014-04-12 Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
2014-02-05 Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
2013-07-11 Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome, Italy
2012-11-26 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
2012-11-17 Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
2008-08-23 Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
1978-12-28 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
1978-11-05 UNH Fieldhouse, Durham, NH
1978-11-01 Jadwin Gymnasium, Princeton, NJ
1978-09-30 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
1978-09-29 Boutwell Memorial Auditorium, Birmingham, AL
1978-09-25 Boston Garden, Boston, MA
1978-09-19 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
1978-09-17 Palladium, New York City, NY
1978-09-16 Palladium, New York City, NY
1978-09-15 Palladium, New York City, NY
1978-09-13 Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, MA
1978-09-12 Onondaga County War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, NY
1978-09-09 Athletic & Convocation Center, South Bend, IN
1978-09-06 Uptown Theatre, Chicago, IL
1978-09-05 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, OH
1978-08-30 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1978-08-28 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
1978-08-26 Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
1978-08-25 New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT
1978-08-23 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1978-08-21 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1978-08-18 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1978-08-15 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
1978-08-14 Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA
1978-08-12 Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME
1978-08-09 Agora (The), Cleveland, OH
1978-08-07 Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI
1978-08-04 Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV
1978-08-01 Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, SC
1978-07-31 Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC
1978-07-29 Bayfront Center Arena, St. Petersburg, FL
1978-07-28 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL
1978-07-15 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX
1978-07-12 Dallas Convention Center Theater, Dallas, TX
1978-07-09 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
  •  snippet
2022-10-31 SiriusXM Studio, New York City, NY
Bruce appears for an in-depth interview on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM satellite radio (channel 100). Stern said at the time of the announcement: "I'm so excited about it. He's going to bring his guitar. We're gonna sit, we're gonna talk. It's gonna be very nice." He also joked, "Bruce better bring a tent and camp out. I'm already up to about 500 questions for him." Stern returns to his Manhattan SiriusXM studio on Monday for the first time in more than two years to interview Bruce. The extensive conversation features several performances, including a solo piano "Tougher Than The Rest" and an acoustic "The Rising", as well as partial acoustic renditions (typically a verse or two) of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", "The Times They Are A-Changin'", "Blinded By The Light", "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City, "Growin' Up", "Born To Run", "Last Man Standing", "Land Of Hope And Dreams", "Thunder Road" (on piano), "Not Fade Away", and "Darkness On The Edge Of Town". Bruce also sings a bit of the "Jungleland" saxophone solo and plays bits of the intros to that song and "Backstreets" on the piano and the "Start Me Up" riff on the guitar.


"Not Fade Away" is a song credited to Buddy Holly (originally under his first and middle names, Charles Hardin) and Norman Petty (although Petty's co-writing credit is likely to have been a formality) and first recorded by Holly and his band, the Crickets. The rhythmic pattern of "Not Fade Away" is a variant of the legendary Bo Diddley beat. "Not Fade Away" was originally released as the B-side of the hit single "Oh, Boy!" and was included on the album The "Chirping" Crickets (1957). 

Bruce on the artist

Bruce about Fade Away


I'm gonna tell you how it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
I want to love you night and day
You know my loving not fade away
Well you know my loving not fade away
(Bop-bop-bop-bop, bop-bop-bop-bop)
(Bop-bop-bop-bop, bop-bop-bop-bop)
My love bigger than a Cadillac
I'll try to show it when you're driving me back
Your love for me got to be real
A-for you to know just how I feel
A love for real not fade away
(Bop-bop-bop-bop, bop-bop-bop-bop)
(Bop-bop-bop-bop, bop-bop-bop-bop)
I'm gonna tell you how it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
Love to last more than one day
Love is loving and not fade away
Love is loving and not fade away
(Bop-bop-bop-bop, bop-bop-bop-bop)
(Bop-bop-bop-bop, bop-bop-bop-bop)
(Bop-bop-bop-bop, bop-bop-bop-bop)