Where is Roy? Springsteen upset over Bittan’s absence from album cover

The cover of Bruce Springsteen’s 2 CD/DVD, “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts”.

The cover of Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming album, ‘The Legendary No Nukes Concerts’, is excellent, with The Boss captured mid-jump on the Madison Square Garden stage, and members of the E Street Band (left to right, Danny Federici, Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, Garry Tallent and Steven Van Zandt) clearly visible.

But wait a second. Where is the seventh E Streeter from this era, keyboardist Roy Bittan?

That’s what Springsteen himself thought when he saw it.

“There’s something wrong with this album cover,” Springsteen said, holding up the vinyl version (the music will also be available on CD, DVD and blu-Ray) on CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the October 25. “Everyone in the band is in it except for Roy Bittan. Roy Bittan isn’t on that album cover by mistake. And I’m very deep (BEEP) about it, that’s why I speaks tonight.

“So Roy, you’re not here,” he continued, looking directly at the camera and pointing to the album cover. “But you’re right there in my heart,” he said, putting his hand to his chest.

(UPDATE: Aron Kozin, in a Facebook comment, says he believes Springsteen said “And I’m very deeply (BLEEP) about it”, which may be correct. It’s hard to say.)

You can watch the segment below. Skip to the 2:25 mark to see a brief clip of Springsteen performing some of “Quarter to Three” during one of the “No Nukes” shows.

“The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” will be released on November 16 (digital) and November 19 (physical formats).

Springsteen was on Colbert’s show primarily to promote his new coffee table book, “Renegades: Born in the USA,” a collaboration with Barack Obama.

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