Yesterday, Springsteen announced that he would be performing on Saturday Night Live on December 19th, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Even though The River is probably the least classic of Springsteen's classic albums, I must say I am loving the hype around the upcoming box set (moreso than last year's Outlaw Pete hype). Speaking of hype, Springsteen also released another performance from the Tempe tour that will be on the aforementioned box set:
Here, we get a new piano introduction for the song, leading up to the iconic harmonica. There aren't many performances of "The River" that would rival that from the 1975-1985 live set, but this is pretty darn close.
EDIT TO ADD: There's also a three month tour coming! No dates or cities announced yet, but man, this is quite a shock. I am still processing it.