Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

First performance: 18/10/1976


Bruce used the song only once as a snippet:
1976-10-18 McDonough Arena, Washington, DC 
"Growin' Up" contains an (apparently) unique The Exorcist-inspired story, with Springsteen's '57 Chevy becoming possessed by a new Toyota and a "Tubular Bells" backing replacing the usual piano riff. The famous steps scene in The Exorcist was filmed in Georgetown, just a short distance from the University.


Tubular Bells is the debut album by English musician and composer Mike Oldfield, released on Virgin Records on 25 May 1973. It comprises two mostly instrumental compositions of over twenty minutes each. Oldfield recorded it when he was 19 and played most of the instruments. Although sales were initially slow, Tubular Bells gained global attention when it was used on the soundtrack to the horror film The Exorcist (1973). Tubular Bells was orchestrated in 1973 by David Bedford for The Orchestral Tubular Bells, rerecorded as Tubular Bells 2003 for its 30th anniversary, and remastered and reissued in 2009 on Mercury Records. Oldfield recorded three sequels: Tubular Bells II (1992), Tubular Bells III (1998) and The Millennium Bell (1999). Its contribution to British music was recognised when Oldfield played extracts during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London.

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

2020-10-28 SiriusXM Studio, New York City
Bruce plays the song during episode 14 of his 'From My Home To Yours', titled "Farewell To The Thief". Bruce welcomes you to his Halloween/Election Day monster mash.