Joe Grushecky - Pumping Iron

First performance: 22/07/1995


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 24 times:
 
Always together with Joe Grushecky on stage.
 
1995-07-22 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT
With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers and featuring appearances by guests Steven Van Zandt and Max Weinberg. In October 1995, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers kicked off the release of their American Babylon album with a six-stop tour dubbed the "October Assault." Introduced as "honorary Houserocker of the week" on the first night, Bruce Springsteen joined the band for the majority of the set on all six dates, playing guitar and sharing vocals with Grushecky.

1995-10-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. Opening night of the 'October Assault' mini-tour.

1995-10-18 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY
With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. Dion DiMucci and Scott Kempner (formerly of the Del-Lords and Dictators) join Bruce and Joe for a bluesy "The Wanderer".
 
1995-10-19 - ELECTRIC FACTORY, PHILADELPHIA
With Joe Grushecky
 
1995-10-20 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
With Joe Grushecky
 
1995-10-21 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
With Joe Grushecky; Show features the only known full Springsteen performance of "Gimme Shelter".

1995-10-24 - PARK WEST, CHICAGO

1998-03-02 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
Bruce guests on guitar and vocal with Joe Grushecky. The Houserockers were not there, it was an acoustic Joe Grushecky show. There were about 75-100 people in the crowd.
 
2000-11-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
 
2002-11-02 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT
Light of Day 

2003-11-01 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
 
2004-07-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Joe Grushecky

2004-12-02 - HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PITTSBURGH
Concert for Flood Aid

2010-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers. First of two shows to celebrate the 15th anniversary of American Babylon.  
 
2010-11-05 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
With Joe Grushecky celebrating the 15th anniversary of American Babylon.

2011-11-03 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
With Joe Grushecky
 
2011-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
With Joe Grushecky 

2012-01-14 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day

2014-01-18 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
 
2014-05-22 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
Joe Grushecky

2014-05-23 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
Joe Grushecky

2015-01-17 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
 
 
 
Joe Grushecky
 

Songinfo

Pumping iron is a song written by Joe Grushecky and released on Iron City Houserockers' 1980 album Have A Good Time But Get Out Alive!
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce co-wrote some songs with Joe Grushecky
 
He also contributed to other albums with vocals, guitar, harmonica or mandolin
 
Bruce contributed on three albums of Joe Grushecky

1995 : AMERICAN BABYLON 
 
 
 
 
 
2006 : A GOOD LIFE 
 
Is a studio album by Joe Grushecky released on 15 Aug 2006 on Schoolhouse Records. It features Bruce Springsteen on four tracks. He shares vocals and plays guitar with Grushecky on Code of Silence, Is she the one and A Good life, and only plays guitar on Searching for my soul. The primary recording sessions for the album took place at studios in West Virginia. However Springsteen, with Toby Scott engineering, worked only from his New Jersey home studio and overdubbed onto Gruschecky's already completed basic tracks.
 
 
 
2009 : EAST CARSON STREET

is a studio album by Joe Grushecky released in 2009. Bruce Springsteen participated in the recording of three of the album's tracks; he plays guitar on East Carson Street, sings duet vocals and plays lead guitar on Another thin line, and plays lead guitar on Broken wheel.
 
 
 
Joe Grushecky, so far, had 57 appearances with Springsteen:
 
1. 1982-07-17 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK, NJ (Iron City Houserockers)
2. 1984-09-20 - PENNSYLVANIA DECADE, PITTSBURGH, PA (Iron City Houserockers)
3. 1988-03-20 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
4. 1992-12-16 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
5. 1993-11-00 - THRILL HILL WEST, BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Joe Grushecky recording session)
6. 1994-02-00 - THRILL HILL WEST, BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Joe Grushecky recording session)
7. 1994-08-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (Joe Grushecky recording session)
8. 1994-08-20 - MARZ AMERICAN STYLE, LONG BRANCH, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
9. 1995-04-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (no performance)
10. 1995-07-22 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
11. 1995-10-16 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
12. 1995-10-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
13. 1995-10-18 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Joe Grushecky)
14. 1995-10-19 - ELECTRIC FACTORY, PHILADELPHIA, PA (Joe Grushecky)
15. 1995-10-20 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
16. 1995-10-21 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
17. 1995-10-24 - PARK WEST, CHICAGO, IL (Joe Grushecky)
18. 1996-04-25 - BRIXTON ACADEMY, LONDON, ENGLAND
19. 1996-09-16 - BENEDUM CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
20. 1997-12-13 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
21. 1998-03-02 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
22. 1999-07-09 - HOOLIGANS, LONG BRANCH, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
23. 2000-04-25 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
24. 2000-04-26 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
25. 2000-11-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
26. 2001-11-03 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Light of Day)
27. 2002-11-02 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Light of Day)
28. 2002-12-04 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
29. 2003-08-06 - PNC PARK, PITTSBURGH, PA
30. 2003-11-01 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
31. 2004-07-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
32. 2004-11-06 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
33. 2004-12-02 - HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PITTSBURGH, PA (Concert for Flood Aid)
34. 2005-07-28 - PETERSEN EVENTS CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
35. 2006-02-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (b) (Joe Grushecky recording session)
36. 2006-06-20 - TWEETER CENTER AT THE WATERFRONT, CAMDEN, NJ
37. 2006-12-02 - STARLAND BALLROOM, SAYREVILLE, NJ (Light of Day)
38. 2007-11-14 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
39. 2008-08-19 - HERSHEYPARK STADIUM, HERSHEY, PA
40. 2009-05-19 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
41. 2010-01-16 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
42. 2010-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
43. 2010-11-05 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
44. 2011-01-15 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
45. 2011-11-03 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
46. 2011-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
47. 2012-01-14 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
48. 2012-10-27 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
49. 2012-10-27 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Barack Obama Rally)
50. 2014-01-18 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
51. 2014-04-22 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
52. 2014-05-22 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
53. 2014-05-23 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
54. 2015-01-17 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
55. 2015-07-18 - WONDER BAR, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
56. 2016-02-23 - QUICKEN LOANS ARENA, CLEVELAND, OH
57. 2016-09-11 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA

Lyrics

Jimmy was a rocker, oh, how he liked to rock
Combed his hair just right and practiced the way he talked
Gonna go out tonight and make a little noise
He was a steel-driving man just, uh, like his daddy was
Didn't have a choice, he's just doing what he's told
If you can't be a man better be one of the boys
Going to meet little Joe at the corner
Hey, make sure you're dressed up just right
Little Joe been acting like a goner
But tonight
Yeah, tonight

Pumping iron, sweating steel
Hearts of stone, dressed to kill
Pumping iron, sweating steel
You can never understand the way I feel

Jimmy's gonna meet Maria downtown at ten o'clock
Her old man don't like him, won't let him come to the house
You pop a pill, drink some whiskey, get a little wasted, but, doll, that's all right
'Cause that poor boy got to live his whole lifetime
In just one night, and that night
Yeah, tonight

Pumping iron, sweating steel
Hearts of stone, dressed to kill
Pumping iron, sweating steel
Well, you can never understand the way I feel

Here come Maria, man, she looks really hot
Got to give her everything I got, at last
Slips in her Chevy beside little Joe
Steps on the gas and watch her go so fast, she's so fast

Pumping iron, sweating steel
Hearts of stone, dressed to kill
Pumping iron, sweating steel
You can never understand
Pumping iron, sweating steel
Hearts of stone, dressed to kill
Pumping iron, sweating steel
Ah, you can never understand