Jerry Lee Lewis  - High School Confidential

First performance: 14/08/1978


Bruce played the song 18 times ( soundcheck included ), 9 times as a part of the Detroit Medley and once as a lead -in:
Performed 18 times as a stand-alone song.
soundcheck included

1995-03-24 House Of Blues, West Hollywood
1985-09-24 Mile High Stadium, Denver
1984-10-31 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles

1982-05-29 Big Man's West, Red Bank
Bruce and Southside Johnny join Beaver Brown on stage at Big Man’s West in Red Bank. 

1979-06-03 Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
1978-12-03 SIU Arena, Carbondale, IL
1978-11-27 Mecca Arena, Milwaukee
1978-11-18 Millett Hall, Oxford, OH
1978-11-17 Munn Ice Arena, East Lansing, MI
1978-11-14 Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY
3 times soundchecked
1978-09-21 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
1978-09-20 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ 
Bruce soundchecked the song during a fascinating soundcheck, taped from outside the venue before the show. In the middle of a three-night stand at the Capitol, Bruce works through several Hank Williams and other classics .
Covers Soundcheck:

1978-08-29 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh
1978-08-23 Madison Square Garden, New York City
1978-08-14 Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA
Performed 9 times as part of the "Detroit Medley"

1981-05-27 Brighton Centre (The), Brighton, England
1981-05-16 Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
1981-05-08 Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1981-05-07 Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1981-04-19 Palais Des Sports De Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
1981-02-26 Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
1981-02-22 Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC
1981-02-18 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, FL
1981-02-16 Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL 
As a lead-in:
Bruce inducts Jimmy Iovine into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. He and John Mellencamp return to close the ceremony with a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, backed by the Zac Brown Band and Roy Bittan. The pair of Hall of Famers duet on "Great Balls Of Fire", which a verse of "High School Confidential" as a lead-in. The evening's other inductees are Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Eminem, Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Judas Priest, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Allen Grubman, Sylvia Robinson, and Elizabeth Cotten.


"High School Confidential" is a 1958 song written by Jerry Lee Lewis and Ron Hargrave (and copyrighted in both their names on January 28, 1958) as the title song of the MGM movie of the same name directed by Jack Arnold. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a live version of the song with the British band The Nashville Teens on the landmark 1964 live album Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, regarded critically as one of the greatest live albums in rock and roll history. "High School Confidential" was performed live on a 1983 Dick Clark TV special featuring Jerry Lee Lewis on piano and vocals, Keith Richards on guitar, Mick Fleetwood on drums, and Gary Busey on vocals.

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce Performed 2 times with Jerry Lee Lewis:
1995-09-02 Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH
The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inauguration concert with various artists. First ever Springsteen performance in the U.S. of "Great Balls Of Fire".  
"It´s pleasure to bring out now one of my, one of my all-time heroes, the one, the only, the man who doesn´t play rock and roll, he is rock and roll, Jerry Lee Lewis !" 

1993-05-20 RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland 
33-song set includes guest appearances by Joe Ely on "Settle For Love" and by Jerry Lee Lewis on the tour's only versions of "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On".  

" Oh my God, you know, that can reduce me to tears now. It was so much. It was "Working Man's Blues" – stoic recognition of everyday reality, and the small and big things that allow you to put a foot in front of the other and get you through. I found that Country's fatalism attracted me. It was reflective. It was funny. It was soulful. But it was quite fatalistic. Tomorrow looked pretty dark. And the one thing it rarely was, it was rarely politically angry, and it was rarely politically critical. And I realized that that fatalism had a toxic element. If rock and roll was a seven–day weekend, country was Saturday night hell–raising, followed by heavy "Sunday Morning Coming Down." Guilt, guilt, guilt, I fucked up. Oh, my God. But, as the song says: Would you take another chance on me? That was Country. Country seemed, not to question why. It seemed like it was about doing, then dying, screwing, then crying, boozing, then trying, Then as Jerry Lee Lewis, the living, breathing personification of both rock and country said, "I've fallen to the bottom and I'm working my way down."

Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Pink cadillac as a duet with Bruce Springsteen. He released it on his Last Man Standing album on 26 Sep 2006 (U.S. release date). Springsteen shares harmony vocals on the track. Around November 2003, Springsteen overdubbed backing vocals for the Jerry Lee Lewis cover of Springsteen's own Pink Cadillac. The basic track had been recorded by Lewis in another studio some months earlier, and Bruce merely added his parts at Thrill Hill Recording (Springsteen's home studio) in Rumson, NJ. His contribution was one of the first completed for a work-in-progress album that turned out to be the much-delayed album Last Man Standing, released in September 2006. Last Man Standing consists of duets between Lewis and some of the biggest names in music, past and present. The title derives from the generation of 1950's Sun Studios recording artists such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley, all of whom had died, leaving Lewis the "last man standing".


You better open up honey its your lover boy me that's a knockin'
You better listen to me sugar all the cats are at the High School rockin'
Honey get your boppin' shoes
Before the juke box blows a fuse
Got everybody hoppin' everybody boppin'
Boppin' at the High School Hop
Boppin' at the High School Hop
Shakin' at the High School Hop
I've rollin' at the High School Hop
I've been movin' at the High School Hop
Everybody's hoppin' Everybody's boppin'
Boppin' at the High School Hop

Come on little baby gonna rock a little bit tonight
Woooh I got get with you sugar gonna shake things up tonight
Check out the heart beatin' rhythm cause my feet are moving smooth and light
Boppin' at the High School Hop
Shakin' at the High School Hop
Rollin' at the High School Hop
Movin' at the High School Hop
Everybody's hoppin' just a boppin' just a boppin'
Piano Solo!

Come on little baby let me give a piece good news good news good news
Jerry Lee is going to rock away all his blues
My hearts beatin' rhythm and my soul is singin' the blues
Oooooh Boppin' at the High School Hop
Shakin' at the High School Hop
Rollin' at the High School Hop
Gettin' it at the High School Hop
Everybodys hoppin' Everybody's boppin'
Boppin' at the High School Hop
Solo Time!

Boppin' at the High School Hop
Shakin' at the High School Hop
Rollin' at the High School Hop
Movin' at the High School Hop
Well everybody's hoppin' Everybody's boppin'
Boppin' at the High School Hop