Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes - It's Been A Long Time

First performance: 26/09/1991


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 19 times : 
 
 
 
1991-09-26 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Southside Johnny : performed 3 times

1992-12-27 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Southside Johnny

1993-06-24 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD

1994-07-16 - THE STONE PONY TENT, ASBURY PARK
Southside Johnny

1998-01-31 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK
Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt performed the song during the "Come Together" concert . Bruce Springsteen did not sing, but he probably was onstage playing guitar during this and all the other songs on which he did not sing. The "Come Together: Jon Bon Jovi & Friends" benefit concert was organized by the Long Branch Police Department, The Asbury Park Press, and FPI Concerts, along with Jon Bon Jovi. The concert was to honor slain Long Branch police officer Sgt. Patrick King and raise money for the Sgt. Patrick King Memorial Fund to provide for his family. King, 45-year-old father of two young boys, was fatally shot on 20 Nov 1997 by a fugitive who had vowed to kill himself and a police officer rather than be captured and returned to jail. Twenty musicians with ties to the Jersey shore music scene answered Jon Bon Jovi's call, including Bruce Springsteen and several members of the then-disbanded E Street Band (Clarence Clemons, Danni Frederici, Patti Scialfa, Steven Van Zandt, and Max Weinberg), Southside Johnny, Bobby Bandiera, and Richie Sambora among others. Actor Danny DeVito was the event's MC. Tickets, which were priced at $125, went on sale on 17 Jan 1998 noon and sold out in just eight minutes. The concert that was organized in short order raised more than $112,000 for King's widow and his two sons. This was a near-reunion of the fabled E Street Band and Springsteen's first full-length electric gig following the acoustic The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour. Springsteen spent much (or possibly all) of the night onstage, singing or playing guitar only. Soundboard recording for the complete concert is available among collectors. The 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe. 
 
 
 
setlist : 
 
THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steven Van Zandt) / BAD MEDICINE (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / UNTIL THE GOOD IS GONE (Steven Van Zandt) / BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / HARD TIMES COME EASY (Richie Sambora) / LOVES GLORY (Patti Scialfa) / THERE GOES MY BABY (Southside Johnny) / THIS TIME BABY'S GONE FOR GOOD (with Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt) / YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME (with Jon Bon Jovi) / ALL I NEEDED WAS YOU (Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt) / SOMEDAY I'LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT (Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny) / BLOOD ON BLOOD (Jon Bon Jovi) / I'VE BEEN WORKING TOO HARD - LITTLE QUEENIE (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steven Van Zandt) / IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME (with Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt) / WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE (with Jon Bon Jovi) / FOREVER (Steven Van Zandt) / LIVIN' ON A PRAYER (Jon Bon Jovi) / I PLAYED THE FOOL (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / KEEP THE FAITH (Jon Bon Jovi) / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD (with all performers) / TREAT HER RIGHT (with all performers) 
 
2001-12-03 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2001-12-04 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2001-12-06 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2001-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2001-12-08 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2003-12-05 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2003-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2003-12-08 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK

2012-10-16 - HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM, NY
Little Kids Rock Benefit

2017-04-22 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK
Little Steven
Little Steven
Laid back festival with Little Steven and Jackson Browne
 
 
 

Songinfo

'It's been a long time' is a song written by Steven Van Zandt and released by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on their 1991 album Better Days. Bruce Springsteen contributed to the recording of the song, singing second lead vocal.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

John Lyon (born December 4, 1948), better known by his stage name Southside Johnny, has a longtime shared friendship and music history with Bruce. SSJ was born in Neptune, New Jersey, and grew up in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. He grew up in a home full of music and with his parents big record collection of blues and jazz and his father played bass in bands. SSJ graduated from Neptune High School with Garry Tallent and Vini Lopez. 
 
 
 
shared band history:
 
info taken from Brucebase
 
The Big Bad Bobby Williams Band was a fairly short-lived group (November 1970 - March 1971) and consisted of Bobby Williams (drums, vocals), Garry Tallent (bass), Steve Van Zandt (vocals, guitar), David Sancious (organ) and Southside Johnny (harp, vocals).
 
The Blackberry Booze Band was a New Jersey blues band that would eventually morph into Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. In 1974 they became house band at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Its members in 1974 and 1975, when Springsteen performed with them, were Southside Johnny (harmonica and vocals), Steven Van Zandt (guitar), Al Berger (bass), Kenny "Popeye" Pentifallo (drums), and Kevin Kavanaugh (keyboards).
 
Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom was a very short lived progression of Springsteen’s March 1971 "The Friendly Enemies" shows at Sunshine In and his April 1971 'Jam Concerts' at The Upstage. The members of Dr. Zoom were Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt (guitar), David Sancious (keyboards), Garry Tallent (bass), Vini Lopez (drums and backing vocals), Southside Johnny (harmonica and vocals), Bobby Williams (drums), Albee 'Albany Al' Tellone (tenor saxophone), and Bobby Feigenbaum (alto saxophone). There was also an eight-member backing vocal troupe nicknamed "The Zoomettes". "Big" Danny Gallagher handled the on-stage props. They played just two concerts in May 1971.
 
The Friendly Enemies was a very short-lived moniker used only once prior to the creation of Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom. The name was conceived in February 1971 and promotional material was printed for a show in March 1971 at Asbury Park's Sunshine In. It was actually a week or two prior to this March 27th gig that the famous moniker Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom was conjured up, but it was too late to change the name on the promotional material and posters for the show. Aside from Springsteen, The Friendly Enemies consisted of Steven Van Zandt (guitar), Garry Tallent (bass), David Sancious (keyboards), Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez (drums, vocals), Southside Johnny (harp, vocals), Albee Tellone (sax, vocals), former Rogues member John "Hotkeys" Waasdorp (electric piano), Bobby Feigenbaum (tenor sax), Bobby Williams (drums, vocals) and Carl "Tinker" West (congas).
 
Funky Dusty & The Soul Broom were a short-lived (summer-fall 1970) 4 piece band consisting of Steve Van Zandt ('Funky Dusty') and Garry Tallent, "Southside" Johnny Lyon and drummer Bobby Williams ('The Soul Broom'). Apparently Springsteen was in attendance and joined in a late evening jam. At this point in mid-1970 both Tallent and Williams were full time members of Glory Road (along with David Sancious and Bill Chinnock), Van Zandt was a member of Steel Mill and Southside was a free agent, having recently left his former band Maelstrom. The Funky Dusty & The Soul Broom side-project was a catalyst for what became The Big Bad Bobby Williams Band in late 1970 and The Sundance Blues Band in spring 1971. Funky Dusty & The Soul Broom were singer Jeannie Clark's backing band at the infamous Clearwater gig on September 11, 1970.
 
The Sundance Blues Band
The Sundance Blues Band made their commercial debut on April 30, 1971. The original lineup featured Southside Johnny (harp), Steven Van Zandt (lead guitar and vocals), Vini Lopez (drums and vocals), Garry Tallent (bass), and Joe Hagstrom (rhythm guitar). Springsteen made several brief guest appearances during early May 1971, before Hagstrom left the band in the same month and was replaced shortly after by Springsteen. Bruce made his debut as a fully-fledged member on May 15 and would remain in the band through July 4, 1971, after which he departed to devote his energies to the newly formed The Bruce Springsteen Band. The Sundance Blues Band would continue without him, with David Sancious soon installed in place of Springsteen (who continued to make occasional guest appearances). The last known performance of the band was January 23, 1972.
 
List of songs co-written by Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny:
 
TRAPPED AGAIN
 
"Trapped Again"is a song co-written by Southside Johnny, Bruce Springsteen, and Steven Van Zandt and originally released by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on their 1978 album Hearts Of Stone. According to Southside Johnny, he predominantly wrote the song, with Springsteen and Van Zandt merely adding bits and pieces. Released in 1978.
 
WALKING THROUGH MIDNIGHT
 
"Walking Through Midnight" is a song written by John Lyon (Southside Johnny) and Bruce Springsteen and released by Southside Johnny on his 1988 album Slow Dance. According to Brucebase, the lyrics are by Lyon and the music is by Springsteen, and the song was written sometime in the latter half of 1987. Released in 1988.
 
WE'VE GOT THE LOVE
 
We've Got The Love  is a song written by Joel Krauss and Bobby Bandiera and released by Jersey Artists For Mankind (a.k.a. J.A.M. '86) as a single in 1986. Bruce Springsteen contributed guitar solo and vocal to the recording of the song. Southside Johnny and some Asbury Jukes members volunteered their services.
 
HEARTS OF STONE / TALK TO ME
 
Bruce Springsteen contributed vocals to the song. In the spring of 1978, Bruce Springsteen donated two of his compositions, Talk to me an hearts of stone to Southside Johnny for use on Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes' upcoming third studio album, Hearts Of Stone. Springsteen shares writing credits with Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt.
 
IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME
 
"It's Been A Long Time" is a song written by Steven Van Zandt and released by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on their 1991 album Better Days. Bruce Springsteen contributed to the recording of the song, singing second lead vocal and playing harmonica.
 
ALL THE WAY HOME
 
"alle the way home " was released on the 1991 album Better Days. Bruce Springsteen contributed to the recording of the song, singing background vocals and playing keyboard and guitar.
 
CAN'T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS
 
was recorded in February 2004 at Thrill Hill Recording (Bruce Springsteen's home studio) in Rumson, NJ. It features Springsteen on guitar and backup vocals. He can be heard intermittently throughout the song and he shouts "Come on, Bondsie!" towards the end. The song also features Southside Johnny on harmonica. Southside Johnny also appears on two more tracks from the album.

Performances together:

Performed 79 times, excluding those as a member of the bands below.
Performed 2 times as a member of The Friendly Enemies.
Performed 2 times as a member of Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom.
Performed 21 times as a member of The Sundance Blues Band.
 
2019-08-07 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 
2019-07-06 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2017-04-21 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ
2015-01-17 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ
2012-10-16 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, NY
2012-06-17 Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
2011-04-02 Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ
2011-01-29 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2010-09-11 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2010-01-23 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2009-10-17 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2008-12-22 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
2008-05-22 RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
2008-05-13 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2007-04-29 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2006-12-12 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
2006-09-17 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2006-06-20 Tweeter Center At The Waterfront, Camden, NJ
2006-05-02 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2005-04-10 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2004-12-19 Harry's Roadhouse, Asbury Park, NJ (Early)
2004-04-25 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2003-12-08 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
2003-12-07 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
2003-12-05 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
2003-04-30 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2003-04-29 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
2002-04-13 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2001-12-08 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
2001-12-07 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
2001-12-06 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
2001-12-04 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
2001-12-03 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
2001-05-27 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2000-12-18 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
2000-12-17 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
1999-12-04 Diasco Residence, Colts Neck, NJ
1999-10-28 Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA
1998-01-31 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
1994-07-16 Stone Pony (The), Tent, Asbury Park, NJ
1993-06-24 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1992-12-27 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1992-08-07 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1991-09-26 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1988-11-26 Stone (The), San Francisco, CA
1984-09-26 Community Theatre (The), Morristown, NJ
1984-08-12 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1983-12-28 Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
1982-12-31 Harkness House For Ballet Arts, New York City, NY
1982-05-29 Big Man's West, Red Bank, NJ
1981-07-30 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1981-07-29 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1978-08-31 Agora (The), Cleveland, OH
1977-12-31 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
1977-10-13 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1977-09-13 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1977-04-17 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1976-09-04 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1976-07-22 CBS Annual Sales Convention, Los Angeles, CA
1976-07-04 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1976-06-12 Public Theater, New York City, NY
1976-05-30 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1976-01-01 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1975-01-19 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1975-01-12 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1975-01-05 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1974-12-29 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1974-09-08 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1973-04-28 Cole Field House, College Park, MD
1972-02-04 Back Door (The), Richmond, VA
1972-01-23 Captain's Garter (The), Neptune, NJ
1972-01-22 Captain's Garter (The), Neptune, NJ
1972-01-21 Captain's Garter (The), Neptune, NJ
1971-11-13 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-07-04 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-07-03 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1971-07-03 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-07-02 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-06-27 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-06-20 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-06-19 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-06-18 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ (Late)
1971-06-18 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ (Early)
1971-05-29 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-05-28 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-05-22 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-05-21 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-05-15 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-05-15 Newark State College, Union, NJ
1971-05-14 Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-05-08 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-05-07 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-05-01 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-04-30 Student Prince, Asbury Park, NJ
1971-03-27 Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ (Late)
1971-03-27 Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ (Early)
1971-01-30 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ (Late)
1971-01-30 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ (Early)
1971-01-29 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ (Late)
1971-01-29 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ (Early)
1971-01-09 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ (Late)
1971-01-09 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ (Early)
1971-01-08 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ (Late)
1971-01-08 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ (Early)
1970-07-27 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ
  

Lyrics

We lived in a time and a world of our own (J)
Making up the rules as we went along (J)
Just one coat between us
and we never felt cold (S)
We were never gonna get old (S)

Playin' cards 'till the sun came up
and rollin' dice (B)
Down to the club and listen
to the blues all night (B)
Girls on the corner get lonely
now and then (J)
We'd never be that free again (S&B)

It's been a long time since we laughed together
It's been a long time since we cried
Raise your glass for the comrades we've lost
My friend it's been a long, long time

Workin' just enough to pay the rent (J)
Money got made, money got spent (S)
Sleeping when we had nothin' left to do (B)
Under the boardwalk
and up on the roof (J&B)

We never quite fit baby,
we never played the game (J)
Came out explodin'
like a runaway train (S&B)
Up all night talkin' 'bout
dreams of better days (B)
Ain't it funny how
some things don't change (J&S)

It's been a long time since we laughed together
It's been a long time since we cried
Raise your glass for the comrades we've lost
My friend it's been a long, long time

We lived in a time and a world of our own (J)
Making up the rules as we went along (J)
Just one coat between us
and we never felt cold (S)
We were never gonna get old (B)

It's been a long time since we laughed together
It's been a long time since we cried
Raise your glass for the comrades we've lost
My friend it's been a long, long time

Written by Steven Van Zandt and originally released by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on their 1991 album Better Days. Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt are on second lead vocal on this song of the album.

(J) Southside Johnny
(S) Steven Van Zandt
(B) Bruce Springsteen