Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour

First performance: 03/06/1979


Bruce performed the song 25 times in full at 2 times as a snippet:
Bruce played the song during the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation's Take Me To Tokyo gala. The gala raises funds to support the U.S. Equestrian teams headed to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games. Bruce auctions off a signed Harley Davidson motorcycle ($180,000) and a signed Fender guitar ($170,000), plus front-row seats to a future concert and dinner with Bruce and Patti. Later that evening Bruce and Patti join the house band for a short performance.
2017-04-22 Firehouse, Marlboro, NJ
Bruce took his mother to restaurant Firehouse for a party celebrating the retirement of a member of the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Company. The Eddie Testa Band, taking care of the music, managed to persuade Bruce to sing on their cover of Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour" and Sam & Dave's "Soul Man".
2011-10-22 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2011-01-29 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2010-09-11 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
2006-02-08 Staples Center, Los Angeles
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards. For the finale, Bruce along with Sam Moore performs "In The Midnight Hour" in tribute to Wilson Pickett who passed away in January this year. Other artists on stage for the finale include Elvis Costello, The Edge, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, and Irma Thomas.
Bruce is finally inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The E Street Band support. "In The Midnight Hour" is a duet with Wilson Pickett, including Billy Joel on keyboard. Later Bruce joined in an all star jam session with, amongst others, Bono, Joel, Paul McCartney, Robbie Robertson, Dion, Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, Pickett, Chris Isaak, The Staple Singers, Max Weinberg, D'Angelo, Peter Wolf, and Paul Shaffer and the horn section from his CBS Orchestra - Tom "Bones" Malone, Bruce Kapler, and Al Chez - who also join Bruce and the band on "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "In The Midnight Hour", conducted by Shaffer. "Long Tall Sally" has also been reported as played during the closing jam, but this is unconfirmed.
1995-05-00 Fogerty Residence, Beverly Hills, CA
Bruce performs in John Fogerty's living room during Fogerty's 50th birthday party. Location and date are uncertain, but an extensive setlist is known from video circulated by participant John Stamos.
Link to John Stamos' fb page ( starts at 1:40 )
1994-09-20 House Of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
1994-08-26 Classics Cafe, Westwood, NJ
Springsteen attends the sixth Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Awards, with The Impressions (Curtis Mayfield), Wilson Pickett, The Byrds and Ike & Tina Turner the evening’s key inductees. Bruce does not give any induction speech but takes the stage alongside Jackson Browne, Don Henley, and Chaka Khan to perform “People Get Ready” and then participates in the closing jam, trading lead vocals with John Fogerty on "In The Midnight Hour". Other artists participating in the include The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Smyth, Bobby Brown, Robert Cray, Phoebe Snow, and The World's Most Dangerous Band.

1990-02-12 China Club, Hollywood, CA
1989-06-09 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1988-11-26 Stone (The), San Francisco, CA
1984-09-26 Community Theatre (The), Morristown, NJ
1984-05-19 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1982-01-05 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1980-12-31 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale
1980-11-14 Summit (The), Houston, TX

1980-10-23 Old Timers' Café, Seattle
In town a day early, Bruce bumps into Phil Hamilton, singer for the Montana-based Lost Highway Band. Due to perform that night at Seattle's Old Timer's Cafe, Hamilton invites Bruce along. That night Springsteen ventures out of the Olympic Hotel alone in the evening, walks a couple of blocks and pays the $1 cover charge to get in and listen to the band. Sat at the end of the bar, Bruce listens to the set before borrowing a guitar and joining the band .
In an interview with Dave Marsh a couple of weeks later, Steve recalled that Bruce “turned around and called ‘Midnight Hour’ and we all just about fainted. Funky didn’t even believe we were doing it until about the second chorus.”
1979-06-03 Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
Wedding of Marc Brickman to June Rudley, Bruce's lighting director and travel agent respectively. Springsteen and members of the band join Rickie Lee Jones and Boz Scaggs for a three hour celebration at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd. They play for three hours, a mixture of classic covers and Springsteen originals.

1969-12-31 Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
  • Snippets
1984-09-22 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
2003-03-10 Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, RI


"In the Midnight Hour" is a song originally performed by Wilson Pickett in 1965 and released on his 1965 album of the same name, also appearing on the 1966 album The Exciting Wilson Pickett. The song was composed by Pickett and Steve Cropper at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King, Jr. would later be assassinated in April 1968.

Bruce on the artist


I'm gonna wait 'till the midnight hour
That's when my love come tumbling down
I'm gonna wait 'till the midnight hour
When there' no one else around
I'm gonna take you, girl, and hold you
And do all things I told you, in the midnight hour
Yes I am, oh yes I am
One thing I just wanna say, right here
I'm gonna wait till the stars come out
And see that twinkle in your eyes
I'm gonna wait 'till the midnight hour
That's when my love begins to shine
You're the only girl I know
Can really love me so, in the midnight hour
Oh yeah, in the midnight hour
Yeah, all right, play it for me one time, now
I'm gonna wait 'till the midnight hour
That's when my love come tumbling down
I'm gonna wait, way in the midnight hour
That's when my love begin to shine, just you and I
Oh, baby, just you and I
Nobody around, baby, just you and I
Oh, right, you know what?
I'm gonna hold you in my arms, just you and I
Oh yeah, in the midnight hour
Oh, baby, in the midnight hour