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1971-01-08 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Two shows, 9:00pm and 1.00am, with Steve Van Zandt & Friends the lone act on the bill. The 'Friends' include Springsteen (just back from a Christmas trip to California), Tallent, Federici, Southside Johnny, Joe Hagstrom (guitar) and Bobby Williams (drums). An early attempt by Van Zandt to formulate new directions in the wake of Springsteen’s December 1970 decision to end Steel Mill.
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1971-01-09 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Two shows, 9:00pm and 1.00am, with Steve Van Zandt & Friends the lone act on the bill. The 'Friends' include Springsteen (just back from a Christmas trip to California), Tallent, Federici, Southside Johnny, Joe Hagstrom (guitar) and Bobby Williams (drums). An early attempt by Van Zandt to formulate new directions in the wake of Springsteen’s December 1970 decision to end Steel Mill.
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1971-01-18 - D'SCENE, SOUTH AMBOY, NJ

GUILTY (10:43) / GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA (8:27) / OH MAMA (4:18) / CHANGE IT (10:07) / MARY LOUISE WATSON (9:00) / DANCING IN THE STREET - HONKY TONK WOMEN (12:05) / I CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE (7:56) / TRAIN RIDE (13:23) / I GOTTA BE FREE - TURN ON YOUR LOVELIGHT (12:00) / RESURRECTION (11:00) / RUN, SHAKER LIFE (10:39)

One show, double bill, with Steel Mill headlining with support from Godzilla. The above mentioned eleven-song setlist is believed to be the complete show and the entire performance is circulating in very good to excellent soundboard quality, although the material has a notorious history of being cannibalized, re-sequenced and incorrectly dated. Be aware that this show is sometimes listed as a twelve- or thirteen-song performance if "Honky Tonk Women" and/or "Turn On Your Lovelight" are counted as separate songs. "Mary Louise Watson" is also known by the title "Black Widow Spider". Last known performance of "I Can't Take It No More", which is also known by the title "I Can't Take It".

Some of this show is available on the CD 'Going Back In The Past' (Wild Bird) and 'All Those Years' (Templar) and parts are found on several other boots, sometimes with incorrect venue/date information. This performance is best obtained through private CDR sources that have the complete show with proper sequencing. Most recently released on CDRs 'Right The F* On' (Palace) and 'Legend Of Steel Mill' (Vintage Masters) which are sourced from lower generation tape compared to many sources and is worth acquiring. Track running time info may vary widely depending on how between song 'dead time' is allocated.
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1971-01-22 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No setlist details known. One show, double bill, with Steel Mill headlining and National Debt opening. A pre-concert newspaper article in the Middletown Courier (see above) mentions two shows scheduled for this night, but none for the following evening. These two shows were ultimately 'split', with one show taking place on this and the following night.
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1971-01-23 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

SWEET MELINDA (4:20) / OH MAMA (4:37) / GUILTY (8:29)

One show, double bill, with Steel Mill headlining and National Debt opening. This was advertised as the final Steel Mill gig and current evidence supports this, including Springsteen noting this fact at D'Scene earlier in the week. The dissolution of Steel Mill was amicable. Apparently Bruce had informed members in December, prior to a Christmas trip to California, of his desire to explore other musical directions. Speaking of his brief, five month (September 1970 - January 1971) Steel Mill tenure, vocalist Robbin Thompson has commented: “it was a strange thing. No one really knew why I was in the band….but about half way through I knew the band, as it was, wasn’t going to last, especially me.”

The text below is copyrighted to Jeannie Clark Fisher. Jeannie played The Upstage the night after the show listed above.
"The Upstage Coffeehouse was a great place – small and intimate with a listening crowd. I remember climbing the stairway that led to the tiny backstage area. The stage itself was compact, but didn’t discourage the musicians on hand to jam at times on my solo sets – Bruce, Garry Tallent, Vinnie Lopez, Steve Van Zandt, “Southside” Johnny Lyon, and my good friend, the late clarinet/sax player, Terry Loughran. I sang and banged on the old, out-of -tune upright piano or strummed my Martin guitar, while Tinker taped the music onto his reel-to-reel recorder. (I still have the original tape of the show on January 24th. The band, “Odin”, with their lengthy, spacey, instrumental, acid-rock music, played that night, also.)"
Songs: “Feel Like A Woman”, “Back Here”, “Livin’ In The Country”, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”, “The World’s A Sad Place”, “Black Skies”, “No One’s Lesson But Your Own”.

The above-mentioned partial setlist is taken from a very good quality soundboard recording that is now in circulation. This material has yet to appear on any mainstream CD boot, but can be found on the CDR 'Legend Of Steel Mill' (Vintage Masters). The audio features continuity between songs and marks the first ever appearance of any Springsteen audio from The Upstage. These three songs are culled from early in the set and may possibly be the show’s opening three numbers. This is also the first time a rendition of “Sweet Melinda” has surfaced in nice sound quality. The remainder of the show has not surfaced.
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1971-01-29 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

JAM IMPROVISATION #1 (15:20) / JAM IMPROVISATION #2 (11:25)

Two shows, 9:00pm and 1.00am, with the Steve Van Zandt & The Big Bad Bobby Williams Band the lone act on the bill. Springsteen is believed to have made a guest appearance during parts of one or both of these shows. 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 above-noted setlist is culled from nearly 27 minutes of very good quality soundboard audio. The exact date of the recording is not yet known, although it’s from this close-proximity time period. The audio is likely to be from either this January 29 Upstage gig or from a show the band performed at the Sunshine In on February 19. This audio represents only a small part of an entire show and the musicians heard on this segment of audio are Van Zandt-Tallent-Sancious-Williams. Southside is not heard and neither is Springsteen (who didn’t play on February 19th). Van Zandt handles the vocals on both songs and his lead and slide guitar work here is phenomenal, the best representation of Van Zandt’s guitar prowess available on any known audio.
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1971-01-30 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Two shows, 9:00pm and 1.00am, with Steve Van Zandt & The Big Bad Bobby Williams Band the lone act on the bill. An early attempt by Van Zandt to formulate new directions in the wake of Springsteen’s December 1970 decision to end Steel Mill. Springsteen guests.
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1971-02-00 - CHALLENGER EASTERN SURFBOARDS, WANAMASSA, NJ

Rehearsals for the upcoming Allman Brothers show on March 27 begin at the surfboard factory in February. At some point in the near future Tinker would move the factory to Atlantic Highlands.
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1971-02-12 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. An 'open-mic' night at the club (no pre-advertised acts on the bill). Springsteen attends and jams with a variety of different shore area musicians at various points throughout the evening.
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1971-02-13 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. An 'open-mic' night at the club (no pre-advertised acts on the bill). Springsteen attends and jams with a variety of different shore area musicians at various points throughout the evening.
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1971-02-19 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. An 'open-mic' night at the club (no pre-advertised acts on the bill). Springsteen attends and jams with a variety of different shore area musicians at various points throughout the evening.
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1971-02-20 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. An 'open-mic' night at the club (no pre-advertised acts on the bill). Springsteen attends and jams with a variety of different shore-area musicians at various points throughout the evening.
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1971-02-26 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. An 'open-mic' night at the club (no pre-advertised acts on the bill). Springsteen attends and jams with a variety of different shore area musicians at various points throughout the evening.
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1971-02-27 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. An 'open-mic' night at the club (no pre-advertised acts on the bill). Springsteen attends and jams with a variety of different shore area musicians at various points throughout the evening.
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1971-03-05 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. An 'open-mic' night at the club (no pre-advertised acts on the bill). Springsteen attends and jams with a variety of different shore area musicians at various points throughout the evening.
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1971-03-06 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. An 'open-mic' night at the club (no pre-advertised acts on the bill). Springsteen attends and jams with a variety of different shore area musicians at various points throughout the evening.
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1971-03-12 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. An 'open-mic' night at the club (no pre-advertised acts on the bill). Springsteen attends and jams with a variety of different shore area musicians at various points throughout the evening.
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1971-03-13 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. An 'open-mic' night at the club (no pre-advertised acts on the bill). Springsteen attends and jams with a variety of different shore area musicians at various points throughout the evening.
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1971-03-18 - DEAL PARK RECREATION CENTER, DEAL, NJ

No set details known. One show, double bill, with Springsteen headlining and country-rock band Highway opening. This was a Jewish Community sponsored dance orchestrated by the Young Hebrew Association (YWHA), who utilized the park facility as its clubhouse. Although the poster billing "Bruce Springsteen" implies a possible solo performance, it wasn’t. The billing reflects the fact that Bruce had no settled band (or band name) at this point. Springsteen utilized a four-piece backing band for this show and according to the most reliable recollections its line-up consisted of Steve Van Zandt, Vini Lopez, Garry Tallent and David Sancious.

Apparently the entire show (including Highway) was audience audio recorded by the head Rabbi... then accidentally erased soon afterwards!
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1971-03-27 - SUNSHINE IN, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Two shows, 7:30pm and 10:30pm, triple bill, with Springsteen (under the unique moniker of Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies) opening for the 2nd billed Cowboy and headliner The Allman Brothers Band. Bruce and Steve Van Zandt were major Allman Brothers fans and during February Bruce lobbied hard to be part of the show, despite the fact that Steel Mill had broken up and Bruce had not yet settled on a new band. Ultimately Bruce decided to utilize the extended clan of musicians he’d been jamming with at The Upstage during preceding weeks and this event is perhaps the ultimate example of Asbury Park performing legend.

The billing name 'Friendly Enemies' was chosen during February. It was actually a week or two prior to this March 27 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. Indeed, much of the long-standing discrepancy about how many Dr Zoom gigs were performed stems from the fact that some people count this night’s two shows as Dr Zoom gigs, others don’t count them. The two shows on this night weren’t billed under the name 'Dr Zoom', but they included all the elements of the 2 later Dr Zoom shows in May, in fact they included more musicians and props than the either of the two later 'official' Zoom shows.

Springsteen’s backing band for this gig (the so-called 'Friendly Enemies') consisted of Steve Van Zandt (guitar), Garry Tallent (bass), David Sancious (keyboards), Vini 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 Tinker West (congas). Danny Federici was not present at this show. There was also a chorus/skit troupe of Upstage regulars nicknamed 'The Sonic People' that included Connie (the baton twirler), Robin Nash, and Kevin Kavanaugh topped off by a quartet (Kevin Connair, Bruce Greenwood, Danny Gallagher and Upstage bouncer 'Big Tiny') that sat on stage playing the game of Monopoly during Bruce’s performance. At one point during the show Springsteen sat at the Monopoly table while singing. The Monopoly game and the baton twirling were unique to this show, these antics were not incorporated into any later shows. The name 'Sonic People' later became known as 'The Zoomettes'.

Apparently, The Allman Brothers got a kick out of Bruce’s combination of zany props and inspired music. Backstage between shows Duane Allman gave some slide guitar tips to Steve Van Zandt and also played some impromptu slide on top of a soundboard tape listening session of Bruce’s early show that Tinker West was conducting. Allman was quoted as saying "that's one cookin' band, man". Sadly this would turn out to be the only Sunshine In appearance for The Allman Brothers Band. Although tentatively booked for a November 1971 return engagement (see August 7 listing) the death of Duane Allman in a motorcycle crash on October 31 caused the group to cancel.
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1971-04-02 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Billed as a '1950s Revival' show, Bruce and Steven lead separate bands of Upstage regulars playing hit songs from the 50s. All the musicians were dressed the part, with hair slicked back and shirtsleeves rolled up. The handbill for this show and the next night can be seen at the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame exhibition.
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1971-04-03 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Billed as a '1950s Revival' show, Bruce and Steven lead separate bands of Upstage regulars playing hit songs from the 50s. All the musicians were dressed the part, with hair slicked back and shirtsleeves rolled up. The handbill for this show and the previous night can be seen at the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame exhibition.
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1971-04-10 - THE GREEN MERMAID, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Billed as the 'Bruce Springsteen Acoustic Jam'. The Green Mermaid was the coffee/tea house located on the floor below The Upstage.
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1971-04-11 - THE GREEN MERMAID, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Billed as the 'Bruce Springsteen Acoustic Jam'. The Green Mermaid was the coffee/tea house located on the floor below The Upstage.
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1971-04-16 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Two shows, billed as the 'Bruce Springsteen Jam Concert'. Bruce’s method of finding the right combination of musicians for a new band. Out of these shows will emerge The Sundance Blues Band, Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom and ultimately The Bruce Springsteen Band.
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1971-04-17 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Two shows, billed as the 'Bruce Springsteen Jam Concert'. Bruce’s method of finding the right combination of musicians for a new band. Out of these shows will emerge The Sundance Blues Band, Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom and ultimately The Bruce Springsteen Band.
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1971-04-23 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Two shows, billed as the 'Bruce Springsteen Jam Concert'. Bruce’s method of finding the right combination of musicians for a new band. Out of these shows will emerge The Sundance Blues Band, Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom and ultimately The Bruce Springsteen Band.
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1971-04-24 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Two shows, billed as the 'Bruce Springsteen Jam Concert'. Bruce’s method of finding the right combination of musicians for a new band. Out of these shows will emerge The Sundance Blues Band, Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom and ultimately The Bruce Springsteen Band.
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1971-04-30 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with the The Sundance Blues Band (making its commercial debut) the sole act on the bill. This gig included the original line-up of the group with Southside Johnny (harp), Van Zandt (lead guitar and vocals), Lopez (drums and vocals), Tallent (bass) and Joe Hagstrom (rhythm guitar). Springsteen makes a brief guest appearance.
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1971-05-01 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with the The Sundance Blues Band sole act on the bill. This gig included the original line-up of the group with Southside Johnny (harp), Van Zandt (lead guitar and vocals), Lopez (drums and vocals), Tallent (bass) and Joe Hagstrom (rhythm guitar). Springsteen makes a brief guest appearance during the encores.
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1971-05-07 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with the The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This gig included the original line-up of the group with Southside Johnny (harp), Van Zandt (lead guitar and vocals), Lopez (drums and vocals), Tallent (bass) and Joe Hagstrom (rhythm guitar). A possible Springsteen appearance during this show, but not certain.
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1971-05-08 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with the The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This gig included the original line-up of the group with Southside Johnny (harp), Van Zandt (lead guitar and vocals), Lopez (drums and vocals), Tallent (bass) and Joe Hagstrom (rhythm guitar). A possible Springsteen appearance during this show, but not certain. Guitarist Joe Hagstrom left the band after this gig and Springsteen took his place starting the following week.
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1971-05-14 - SUNSHINE IN, ASBURY PARK, NJ

IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY / GOIN’ BACK TO GEORGIA / SIX DAYS ON THE ROAD / JAMBALAYA (ROLL OVER) / CRY TO ME / FAST BLUES SHUFFLE / ZOOM THEME / SLOW BLUES / ONE MORE TRY / ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN – REELIN’ AND ROCKIN’

One show, triple bill. This is the first of only two performances ever of Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom (the other show was outdoors the following day). Undercard acts for this debut show were Sunny Jim and Godzilla (who were a late substitution for Cornerstone). In reality Dr Zoom was merely a progression of Springsteen’s March 1971 'Friendly Enemies' shows at The Sunshine In and his April 1971 'Jam Concerts' at The Upstage. Much of the long-standing confusion about how many Dr Zoom shows were performed stems from the fact that some people count the above-mentioned March-April gigs as Dr Zoom events, while others don’t count them. Technically speaking they weren’t Dr Zoom shows, but they did contain most of the musicians and the same party-like atmosphere.

The members of Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom were Springsteen, Van Zandt, Dave Sancious, Garry Tallent, Vini Lopez, Southside Johnny plus: Bobby Williams (percussion), Albee 'Albany Al' Tellone (sax, vocals) and Bobby Feigenbaum (sax). There was also a seven-member backing vocal troupe nicknamed 'The Zoomettes' (Jeannie Clark, Robin Nash, Connie, Kevin Kavanaugh plus three others). The MC was Kevin Connair. Danny Gallagher handled the on-stage props. Danny Federici was not involved in the Dr Zoom shows.

The ten-song setlist noted above has been culled from a document (in Bruce’s handwriting) that is probably the song schedule for this debut Dr Zoom gig. The material is clearly identifiable by Bruce’s header of 'Sonic Tunes'. Whether or not Bruce made any late changes to this setlist for the actual performance is not known. Written on the setlist as "Dave Dudley", the third song is actually "Six Days On The Road", the 1963 hit made famous by country music singer Dave Dudley. The song is a celebration of the American trucker and was covered regularly on the Jersey-shore in the 1970s by many bands, including Albee Tellone's Hired Hands. "Fast Blues Shuffle" may be Bruce’s name for "Last Night In Texas" (as also performed at the following day’s Zoom gig). "Zoom Theme" is a rewrite of Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band".

The text below is copyrighted to Jeannie Clark Fisher.
Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ, 05-14-71; Newark State College, Newark, NJ, 05-15-71
"I was a “Zoomette” for two gigs with “Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom”, Bruce’s interim band. It was a fun and joyous, somewhat organized, free-for-all! My memory of the Sunshine Inn was a large, rectangular room with concrete floors and square support pillars and a free-standing stage to one side. There was standing room only and lots of people dancing. The next day we went out to Newark for an outside performance. I still have the short, butterfly, hippie dress I wore that day and I bring it out occasionally for Gross National Product, my high school band, reunion concerts."

There is no audio of this Dr Zoom show. Collectors should note that the widely circulating boot CD 'The Bruce Springsteen Story, Vol 5' (E Street Records) mistakenly lists that audio as being from this Sunshine In gig. However the audio is actually from the following day’s outdoor Dr Zoom performance at Newark State College (see May 15 listing for details).
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1971-05-15 - NEWARK STATE COLLEGE, UNION, NJ

IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY (6.50) / SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE (8.49) / LOOK TOWARDS THE LAND (5.54) / GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA (8.07) / LAST NIGHT IN TEXAS (8.43) / WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW? (11.23) / JAMBALAYA (ROLL OVER) (8.23) / ZOOM THEME (2.29) / LADY OF BOSTON - ONE MORE TRY (12.35)

The second (and final) performance of the Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom at the first annual 'Ernie the Chickin' Festival', an excuse for an all-day, outdoor party extravaganza featuring several local bands including Sunny Jim and Odin.

The opening Bob Dylan penned "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" however is incorrectly labelled "Group Therapy". Steve Van Zandt can be heard jokingly warning the campus ambulances (who were parked nearby) to get ready as Bruce opens the show with some screeching guitar! It was long thought that this statement was made by Kevin 'Bird' Connair but Albee Tellone has confirmed that Connair was not at this show. "Last Night In Texas" is a rewrite of Sonny Boy Williamson II's "One Way Out"; "Zoom Theme" is a rewrite of Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band". "Lady Of Boston" includes an interpolated section of The Rolling Stones' "One More Try".

A very good quality soundboard tape of most (possibly all) of the Dr Zoom set can be found on the CD boot 'The Bruce Springsteen Story, Vol 5: Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom' (E Street Records). The liner notes of the bootleg incorrectly lists the audio as emanating from the previous night’s performance at The Sunshine In, however this audio is definitely from the outdoor (not indoor) Dr Zoom show.
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1971-05-15 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show, 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was the official debut of Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen (installed as a fully-fledged band member). Springsteen replaced guitarist Joe Hagstrom. Bruce would end up staying in the band until mid-July, when he departed to devote his energies to the newly formed Bruce Springsteen Band.
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1971-05-21 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. One afternoon show, 4.00pm, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 (Southside, Van Zandt, Tallent, Lopez, Springsteen). Following this gig Bruce and most of the guys in the band head over to The Upstage for another two evening shows under a different name.
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1971-05-21 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Two shows, 9.00pm and 1.00am, with Bruce Springsteen And The Red Hot Mammas the sole act on the bill. Bruce’s backing band is likely to have been Sancious, Van Zandt, Lopez and Tallent. The Hot Mammas are believed to have been some of the girls in the The Zoomettes, not the soon-to-be-hired Bruce Springsteen Band vocal duo of Barbara Dinkins and Delores Holmes. This is a key transitional performance in the rapid-fire evolution between Dr Zoom and the Bruce Springsteen Band.
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1971-05-22 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. One afternoon show, 4.00pm, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 (Southside, Van Zandt, Tallent, Lopez, Springsteen). Following this gig Bruce and most of the guys in the band head over to The Upstage for another two evening shows under a different name.
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1971-05-22 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Two shows, 9.00pm and 1.00am, with Bruce Springsteen And The Red Hot Mammas the sole act on the bill. Bruce’s backing band is likely to have been Sancious, Van Zandt, Lopez and Tallent. The Hot Mammas are believed to have been some of the girls in the The Zoomettes, not the soon-to-be-hired Bruce Springsteen Band vocal duo of Barbara Dinkins and Delores Holmes. This is a key transitional performance in the rapid-fire evolution between Dr Zoom and the Bruce Springsteen Band.
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1971-05-28 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen (as a fully-fledged band member). A typical gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-05-29 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen (as a fully-fledged band member). A typical gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-06-00 - CHALLENGER EASTERN SURFBOARDS, HIGHLANDS, NJ

Rehearsals for the newly formed Bruce Springsteen Band. They are Bruce, David Sancious (keyboards), Carl 'Tinker' West (congas), Vinny Lopez (drums), Garry Tallent (bass), Steve Van Zandt (guitar), Springsteen, Harvey Cherlin (trumpet), Bobby Feigenbaum (sax), Barbara Dinkins (vocals) and Delores Holmes (vocals).

This was Tinker's new factory. He had taken it over around April 1971, although he had retained the old Wanamassa factory for a short time after moving out and used it to store Steel Mill's equipment.
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1971-06-18 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Two shows, 10.00pm and 2.00am, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen (as a fully-fledged band member).
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1971-06-19 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen (as a fully-fledged band member). A typical gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-06-20 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show, 4.00pm to 7.00pm, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. A very rare afternoon gig at the club. This was Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen (as a fully-fledged band member).
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1971-06-27 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show, 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen (as a fully-fledged band member). A typical gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-07-00 - GARFIELD PARK, LONG BRANCH, NJ

The date of this show is unconfirmed, but took place some time during summer 1971. Jeannie Clark (Fisher) has recalled the day (the text below is copyrighted to Jeannie) now uncovering this previously-unknown gig:
Tinker set up a solo concert for me in the summer of 1971. I don't remember the exact date. The outdoor concert was in a park not far from the ocean and the Long Branch boardwalk. I remember seeing Bruce in the audience, appearing very interested as I sang my song 'It Really Doesn't Matter'. After I finished Bruce jumped up on stage, followed by Vini Lopez, Garry Tallent and the usual crowd of New Jersey musicians, to jam the rest of the night away.
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1971-07-02 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen (as a fully-fledged band member). A typical gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-07-03 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen (as a fully-fledged band member). A typical gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time). Following this show the group went over to The Upstage and played another show until sunrise.
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1971-07-03 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 2.00am to 5.00am, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen (as a fully-fledged band member).
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1971-07-04 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Sundance Blues Band the sole act on the bill. This was Line-up #2 of the group (Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Lopez, Tallent and Springsteen. This was Springsteen’s last gig as a core member of The Sundance Blues Band, although he would continue make guest appearances right up until the band was moth-balled in early 1972. David Sancious (keyboards) was later added to the line-up in place of Springsteen.
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1971-07-10 - BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, LINCROFT, NJ

C.C. RIDER - DOWN THE ROAD APIECE (10:31) / YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME (5:20) / NOTHING CAN STOP ME (4:42) / LAST NIGHT IN TULSA (4:30) / GOIN’ BACK TO GEORGIA (7:55) / NATURAL MAGIC (end cut, 2:25) / DARKNESS, DARKNESS (17:25) / DANCE DANCE DANCE (6:14) / JAMBALAYA (ROLL OVER) (6:39)

One show, quadruple billing, with the newly-formed Bruce Springsteen Band headlining the outdoor '2nd Annual Nothing’s Festival'. Undercard acts were Sunny Jim, Odin and Jeannie Clark. This gig is the first known performance of The Bruce Springsteen Band. They’re essentially a modified version of Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom (minus The Zoomettes, Southside Johnny and the various vaudeville elements). The line-up of this initial version is Springsteen, Van Zandt, Sancious, Tallent and Lopez plus (on selected tracks) Bobby Feigenbaum (sax), Harvey Cherlin (trumpet), along with the vocal duet of Delores Holmes and Barbara Dinkins. This large nine-member lineup of the band will eventually expand to ten, with the addition of Bruce’s manager Tinker West on congas. However this 'big band sound' will only last about two months before it begins to shrink.

The text below is copyrighted to Jeannie Clark Fisher.
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, 7-10-71
"This was the second annual “Nothing’s Festival”, although the first annual one, scheduled at the Beachcomber in Long Branch, NJ, didn’t happened for some reason. A brain child of Carl “Tinker” West, the event was truly in the flower-people spirit; nobody got paid and no one paid to come. It was a warm, summer afternoon. My father tuned the piano and he also tuned for Bruce on several other occasions. Bruce Springsteen’s Band was the headliner. I did my solo set and bands, Sunny Jim and Odin filled in the middle spots. My friend, Geoff, said to me as Bruce was playing, “this guy is going to be really big someday”."
My songs: “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (Bob Dylan cover), “Back Here”, “Feel Like A Woman”.

The above-mentioned setlist is taken from a 66-minute outdoor audience recording of (at best) fair quality. Given this show was a four-artist billing this audio is likely to represent most (possibly all) of Bruce’s performance at this show. This above-mentioned audio (minus "Natural Magic" and "Jambalaya") can be found on the CD boot 'Down The Road Apiece' (Golden Stars). These performances of "Natural Magic" and "Jambalaya" are not currently found on any mainstream boot. Collectors should note that the liner notes on the 'Down The Road Apiece' bootleg mistakenly credits this audio to a December 17 indoor club performance at Rutgers. This tape is also available as a cassette transfer by Mjk5510 which does include both Natural Magic and Jambalaya.
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1971-07-11 - SUNSHINE IN, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Set list is undocumented. The Bruce Springsteen Band opens for the (at the time) red-hot Humble Pie. After the show an impressed Peter Frampton, leader of Humble Pie, tells Springsteen and the band he'd like to have them open for them on a national basis. Frampton also states that he would be happy to get the band an audition with his record label, the prestigious A&M Records. For no logical reason manager Tinker West declines both offers on the spot. The story is corroborated in separate published interviews with Peter Frampton and Bruce Springsteen Band trumpet player Harvey Cherlin. The show was reviewed in very favourable terms in the Asbury Park Press of July 12, 1971. The ten-strong Bruce Springsteen Band for this show consisted of core members Springsteen, Van Zandt, Tallent, Lopez and Sancious, plus (on selected songs) Harvey Cherlin (trumpet), Bobby Feigenbaum (sax), Delores Holmes (vocals), Barbara Dinkins (vocals) and Tinker West (congas).
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1971-07-18 - MONROE PARK, RICHMOND, VA

No set details known. One daytime outdoor show, with the 10 piece Bruce Springsteen Band headlining. Support act was Sunny Jim. This was the first known gig a Springsteen-led band had played in Monroe Park since his Richmond debut (with Child - see June 1, 1969 listing). Apparently after their show some of the band and its entourage went to see an outdoor concert by The Byrds somewhere in the general vicinity (possibly the State Fairgrounds in Richmond).
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1971-07-22 - D'SCENE, SOUTH AMBOY, NJ

Early Show: NOTHING CAN STOP ME / YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME / unknown instrumental / SOMETIMES AT NIGHT / NATURAL MAGIC / BORDER GUARD / LAST NIGHT IN TULSA / I HOPE I’M TRUE / IF YOU WANT TO GET HIGH / I’M A BIG GIRL NOW

Late Show: CHEROKEE QUEEN / SHE’S GOT THE LORD / YOU DON’T LEAVE ME NO CHOICE / IT’S ALL RIGHT / DO IT WITH A FEELING / SPANISH DREAMS / JAMBALAYA (ROLL OVER) / GYPSY RIDER / FULL OF LOVE / DANCE DANCE DANCE / SO MUCH STYLE / FAST BLUES

Two shows, 9.00pm and 11.30pm, double bill, with The Bruce Springsteen Band (in its 9-10 member incarnation) headlining and Sunny Jim opening. This was the first of two consecutive Thursday evening appearances at the club. There is no known audio of either show. The above-mentioned song listings emanate from a two-show Springsteen-handwritten setlist document that has been recalled with some degree of confidence by one of the band members as emanating from either this night or the following week’s booking at this club. These are all Springsteen compositions and there are several rarities here of which no circulating audio has yet emerged from any show, rehearsal or studio source. A sheet containing handwritten lyrics of "Sometimes At Night" has been displayed at Hard Rock Cafe in Brussels. Click the above date/location link to view. “Nothing Can Stop Me” is also known by the title “Come On Billy (Break Out The Wine)”.
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1971-07-23 - GUGGENHEIM BANDSHELL, DAMROSCH PARK, LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, NY

C.C. RIDER - DOWN THE ROAD APIECE (10:00) / YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME (5:07) / NOTHING CAN STOP ME (5:15) / I’M IN LOVE AGAIN (4:11) / DANCE DANCE DANCE (5:52) / YOU DON’T LEAVE ME NO CHOICE (8:55) / JAMBALAYA (ROLL OVER) (12:47)

One show, with The Bruce Springsteen Band (along with a several other un-signed groups) performing as part of the Guggenheim Memorial Concert Series that took place daily in Damrosch Park during the summer of 1971. According to the New York Times the headliner and scheduled 8.00pm show closer on July 23 was The Richard Goldman Band, a classical orchestra noted for its creative use of wind and brass instruments. Bruce and his team were one of several unnamed-in-print undercard acts, each of who were allocated hour-long performing slots. At one point Bruce can be heard off mike asking “How much more time do we have?” The response back is “fifteen minutes” and Bruce times the end of his show impeccably. The fact that Bruce’s mid-1971 lineup included horns may have been the reason Tinker got this particular booking. The trumpet and sax are highly prevalent throughout and the arrangements (likely created by Van Zandt) are outstanding.

Although this was an outdoor event, Bruce and the band were performing within the Guggenheim Band Shell. The superb acoustics of that shell, combined with an un-degraded source tape, have resulted in a truly exceptional concert document. Add to this a tight, highly disciplined and inspired performance by the entire band and it’s easy to see why most rate this Damrosch gig as the finest pre-CBS Springsteen concert currently in existence. This texture of this performance is more in keeping with the funkiness of Bruce’s 1974 Wild & Innocent Tour dates and early Asbury Jukes shows. It is essential audio in any Springsteen collection.

The nine-member Bruce Springsteen Band at Damrosch Park is the same as the ten-member contingent that performed at The Sunshine In ten days earlier (see July 11 listing) with the exception that Tinker West is not playing congas, it seems Tinker was busy working the soundboard. This show includes some of Bruce’s finest early-period songwriting efforts. There are definitive live performances of “Jambalaya” and “You Mean So Much To Me” plus two songs (“I’m In Love Again” and “You Don’t Leave Me No Choice”) that are not available from any other show source. Delores Holmes delivers the sexy Ronnie Spector-ish lead vocal on these two songs. A Springsteen lead vocal of these two songs has yet to surface. Bruce’s searing guitar work during “You Don’t Leave Me No Choice” is among his all time best.

Extensive research has revealed little; the Bruce Springsteen Band was not mentioned in the programme or the New York Times. Many thanks to Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland.

The above-mentioned setlist is taken from a soundboard recording that is available on the CD 'The Bruce Springsteen Story, Vol 6' (E Street Records). The bootleg cover implies some Columbia Records/CBS affiliation with the recording but this is just fantasy artwork. This 60-minute recording has continuity between songs and is almost certainly the complete show from this afternoon gig.
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1971-07-25 - MONMOUTH HILLS CLUBHOUSE, RUMSON, NJ

No set details known. This must rank as one of the strangest shows played by the Bruce Springsteen Band. Along with Mel Arnold's Orchestra they are hired to entertain guests at the 'going public' of the Marine International Corporation, a company engaged in the catching, processing and distributing of various marine resources. A company of VIP guests, including Senator Richard R. Stout, were fed the finest of seafood to the strains of the orchestra. The Bruce Springsteen Band took the stage at 1.00am.
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1971-07-29 - D'SCENE, SOUTH AMBOY, NJ

No set details known. Two shows (9.00pm and 11:30pm), double bill, with The Bruce Springsteen Band headlining and Sunny Jim opening.
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1971-08-07 - SUNSHINE IN, ASBURY PARK, NJ

YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME (4:54) / NOTHING CAN STOP ME (5:01) / NATURAL MAGIC (5:39)

One show, double bill, with The Bruce Springsteen Band headlining with a 90-minute performance and Psychotic Blues Band opening with a 60 minute performance. The Bruce Springsteen Band at this show features the same nine-piece lineup that played at Damrosch Park two weeks earlier. There may be an additional horn player performing on “You Mean So Much To Me”, although it’s hard to tell for certain.

The above-mentioned partial setlist details are taken from a suite of three circulating soundboard recordings of good quality that first surfaced on the CD “The Bruce Springsteen Story, Vol 4” (E Street Records). A fourth soundboard recording found on this CD, “Hoochie Coochie Man”, is a performance by the Psychotic Blues Band from this show that does not feature Springsteen. As is usually the case with releases on the E Street Records label, the music is significant but the liner note information is wildly inaccurate. Of particular note is “Natural Magic”, this is one of Bruce’s finest ever love songs and this is the strongest circulating rendition. Unfortunately there is no audio of the rest of this performance in circulation.
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1971-08-00 - UNKNOWN CLUB, RICHMOND, VA

No set details known. In the last week of August the Bruce Springsteen Band perform in front of a crowd of 5,000.
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1971-09-01 - GARFIELD PARK, LONG BRANCH, NJ

LITTLE QUEENIE / BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY / DON’T YOU WANT TO BE AN OUTLAW / JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH - IT’S TIME TO GO HOME / I’VE GOT TO HAVE YOU BABY / YOU BETTER BE NICE TO ME, BABY / ROUTE 66 / THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN / DANCE DANCE DANCE (with Tinker West) / JAMBALAYA (ROLL OVER) (with Tinker West et al.)

One show, triple bill, with the five-member Bruce Springsteen Band headlining. The support acts for this show were originally Sweet Chariot and Tumbleweed, but it appears that the latter were replaced at the last minute by The Joe Hagstrom Squeak Band. This was an outdoor show orchestrated by Tinker West’s Blah Productions. Garfield Park is located at the intersection of Broadway and Ocean Ave, near the ocean. The above-mentioned ten-song, partial setlist is culled from a 66-minute audience recording of this show, none of which has ever appeared on any mainstream boot and all of which remains in very limited circulation. Unfortunately the taper utilized a cheap recording device. The sound quality is consistent but is weak (fair), although it’s not horrible. While the opening seconds of “Little Queenie” are missing, all other songs are complete. However this performance apparently lasted nearly two hours, so there’s quite a bit missing and discernible edits can be heard in between songs on the audio source.

The line-up for this show is Springsteen, Van Zandt, Sancious, Tallent and Lopez. Although Bruce handles all the lead vocals, the performance is unusual in that Springsteen is on piano for most of these ten songs from this show. Sancious plays the organ and Steve Van Zandt handles much of the guitar chores. Tinker West guests on congas on “Dance Dance Dance” and the rousing finale “Jambalaya” (which also features an unidentified walk-on troupe of backing vocalists consisting of inner circle troops and members of both undercard bands). Highlights of this show are “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (the only known Springsteen performance), as well as the only known audio of two Springsteen compositions, “It’s Time To Go Home” (also known by the title “Festival”) and “You Better Be Nice To Me, Baby”. "Don't You Want To Be An Outlaw" is also known by the title "Ballad Of Jesse James".
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1971-09-03 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. One show, 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. Evidence strongly points to this night as being the start of what would turn out to be a virtual 3½ month residency at the club, encompassing nearly 40 shows.

September would also mark the beginning of the end of the ten-member 'big band' lineup of the band that Springsteen had been utilizing since July. Due to financial constraints the non-core members of the Bruce Springsteen Band (Dinkins-Holmes-Cherlin-Feigenbaum-West-Daniels) will only appear, either in whole or in part, at a handful of special occasion gigs during the remainder of 1971.

At a July 29, 1978 concert in St. Petersburg, FL, Bruce mentions that the band used to play Chuck Berry's "Around And Around" at the Student Prince. It's likely he was referring to this residency, although how frequent and at which shows, we can't tell.
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1971-09-04 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time). As fate would have it, Norman Seldin & The Joyful Noyze (featuring its then-new member Clarence Clemons) was in the final stages of a 7 week (July 16 - September 5) residency at the nearby Wonder Bar. By comparing the common denominator times in both bands performing schedules it can be deduced that it was most likely on this night (or the night before) that Clarence Clemons walked over to the Student Prince during a Wonder Bar intermission and first met (and jammed with) Springsteen. Contrary to widespread belief (and Bruce and Clarence’s wonderful, but 'embellished', stories of the meeting) Clemons did not quickly resign from Seldin’s band and join Bruce, he remained a fixture in The Joyful Noyze until October 1972.
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1971-09-05 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-09-10 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-09-11 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-09-12 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-09-17 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-09-18 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-09-19 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-09-24 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-09-25 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-09-26 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40-minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-10-01 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-10-02 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical BSB gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-10-03 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-10-08 - THE LEDGE, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

One show, double bill, with The Bruce Springsteen Band headlining and Joe Cadora’s rock band Ice Nine opening. Held in the Student Union’s Ledge Club. Joe Cadora has recalled this show noting a number of songs that he believes were played.
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1971-10-15 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-10-16 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show with The Bruce Springsteen Band the lone act on the bill. A typical performance at The Student Prince consisted of three or four 40 minute sets with healthy breaks in between.
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1971-10-17 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-10-23 - KELLER HALL GYMNASIUM, UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, RICHMOND, VA

No set details known. One show, triple bill, with The Bruce Springsteen Band headlining. Undercards were New Jersey-based outfits Tumbleweed and Black Forrest Rhodes, both of who had recently become involved with Tinker West’s Blah Productions. The three-member, acoustic-orientated Tumbleweed deserve special mention. They had recently returned from studio sessions in Nashville (booked under the name Montana Flintlock), events orchestrated by Mike Appel. Tumbleweed would turn out to be the original connection between Tinker West and Appel, one that would soon see Tinker drive Springsteen to New York to meet Mike.

Although pre-concert promotional material for this October 23 performance specifies a five-member Bruce Springsteen Band lineup (see above), this show probably included three of the part-time members of the group, Harvey Cherlin (trumpet) plus Delores Holmes & Barbara Dinkins on background vocals. In interview Cherlin has mentioned this specific eight-member lineup as performing a free gig at University Of Richmond in October 1971 that Cherlin further states was his final-ever gig with Springsteen. An audience recording (see the October 30 listing) is often linked to this show but it does not feature either Harvey Cherlin or Barbara Dinkins.
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1971-10-29 - ST JEROME SCHOOL, WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ

No set details known. One show, with The Bruce Springsteen Band headlining, New Jersey band Highway billed second and unspecified 'others' also listed as performing.
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1971-10-29 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. One (informal) show, with Springsteen and members of his band taking part in a 2.00am - 5.00am jam session with numerous other Asbury Park musicians. This was the second to last night The Upstage was open - the club closed for good on October 30. There was a similar jam session show on the final night, however Bruce and his band did not attend because they were performing a gig in Richmond.
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1971-10-30 - VCU NEW GYM, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, RICHMOND, VA

MC’s introduction / GOT MY MOJO WORKING / LIVING ROCK AND ROLL / TALKIN’ ABOUT MY BABY / HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN / DON’T YOU WANT TO BE AN OUTLAW

One show, triple bill, with The Bruce Springsteen Band supporting headliner Cactus. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was originally scheduled to headline with Cactus second billed. However Butterfield cancelled a couple of weeks beforehand and Springsteen was substituted. Though not mentioned on the gig poster (above), also on the bill and opening the show with a 45-minute performance was local band Morning Son (John Mulkins, David Waddle and Steve Knopp). Audio evidence suggests the Bruce Springsteen Band lineup for this show was the core five-piece band, plus the vocal duo of Delores Holmes and Francine Daniels (who’d recently replaced vocalist Barbara Dinkins). Bruce would later utilize the melody from “Talkin’ About My Baby” for his far superior 1972 composition “Janey Needs A Shooter”. The ladies are heard on the three Springsteen compositions but not the two cover songs.

The above-mentioned setlist is taken from an audience recording of only fair quality that started circulating in the early 80s and then widely propagated after it was booted on the LP 'BRUCE 1971'. The original boot correctly identified the audio source venue as the VCU Gym. However, because no 1971 VCU gig had been identified by 1980s concert history sources, some people began linking this audio to other shows. This forty minutes of audio (which is only about half the total performance) now circulates via homemade CDR, sometimes with material from other shows.
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1971-10-31 - NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY, LONG BRANCH, NJ

No set details known. One triple bill Halloween show, with The Bruce Springsteen Band headlining. Support bands were Tumbleweed and Black Forrest Rhodes. The Bruce Springsteen Band lineup for this show is the same as the previous night in Richmond, the core 5 piece band, plus the vocal duo of Delores Holmes and new member Francine Daniels. However this is believed to have been the final-ever gig with female backing singers.
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1971-11-04 - POCKETFUL OF TUNES INC, NEW YORK CITY, NY

BABY DOLL

Bruce's first-ever meeting with future manager Mike Appel, held at Wes Farrel's publishing company, where Appel was employed. Tinker West, who knew Appel through the group Tumbleweed (aka Montana Flintlock), organized the get-together and drove Bruce to New York City for the meeting. Bruce performed 2, 3 or 4 songs (accounts differ), some on piano, some on acoustic guitar. Only Appel and West were present at this first meeting. Appel has stated in interview that he was not particularly impressed by what he heard at this initial audition but did see raw creativity in the lyrics of "Baby Doll". The titles of the other songs performed are unclear. The meeting ended with an agreement to keep in touch but no commitments from either party. The next Springsteen-Appel meeting, in March 1972 (see listing), would elicit a dramatically more enthusiastic response from Appel.

No circulating audio.
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1971-11-12 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-11-13 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

AIN'T THAT PECULIAR (4:17) / BLESS MY SOUL (7:27) / DARKNESS, DARKNESS (instrumental) (11:33) / THE BAND'S JUST BOPPIN' THE BLUES (10:22) / I REMEMBER (cut, 7:23) / WHEN YOU DANCE (10:47)

One show, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill.

The above-mentioned partial setlist is taken from a long-circulating, muddy soundboard recording which can be found on the CDR 'Legend Of Steel Mill' (Vintage Masters). Comments made by Bruce regarding video footage being shot during the show positively link this audio to The Student Prince. Prior to beginning “I Remember” Springsteen can be heard informing the audience that a gentleman named Mark Romanski is present and filming. Romanski, a friend of Steve Van Zandt, was filming as part of a course project he was taking at University. Sadly all the film footage was destroyed in the early 1970s. It is believed this filming was undertaken at one of the November 1971 shows, although the specific date has not been determined. The first five songs exhibit continuity and are clearly part of the same set. “When You Dance” is from this show but it seems to be the final song of the evening. "Bless My Soul" is also known by the title "You Sure Can Dance". Southside Johnny is a guest and handles the lead vocal on “Ain’t That Peculiar”. Southside’s harp playing can be heard on all the songs except for “When You Dance”. “I Remember” is cut prematurely.
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1971-11-14 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-11-19 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40-minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time). An 'unravel-the-Springsteen-song-titles' table mat puzzle (shown above) was produced by the club for use during this month-long residency. The eleven songs titles mentioned are "Cowboys Of The Sea", "Down To Mexico", "Just Can't Change", "I Remember", "Like A Stranger", "Magic Loving", "Maria", "No Way", "Make Your Mind Up", "When You Dance" and "Funk Song" (more commonly known to fans by the title "The Band's Just Boppin' The Blues" or "Secret To The Blues"). Interestingly these eleven songs range from Steel Mill-era creations ("Just Can't Change") to recently written material showcasing Springsteen's rapidly developing lyric skills ("Cowboys Of The Sea").

Two of these songs ("Maria" and "No Way") are not known from any circulating audio.
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1971-11-20 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-11-21 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-11-23 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show, 9:00pm to 11.00pm, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. This was an unusual show in that it was held midweek (Tuesday). The early closing time allowed Bruce time to travel to nearby Linden to join in on a late night jam.
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1971-11-23 - NEW PLAZA THEATER, LINDEN, NJ

JEFF'S BOOGIE / EVERYDAY I HAVE THE BLUES

One four hour show. Bruce makes an unadvertised guest appearance at this quadruple billing concert featuring local groups The Rich Baron Band, Taylors Mills Road, Tumbleweed and Psychotic Blues Band. Bruce had been invited to the gig by Pat Karwin, the lead guitarist of Tumbleweed and participates (on lead guitar) in a 30 minute end-of-show 'jam' that included a line-up of Springsteen, Karwin, and members of Psychotic Blues Band. Bruce participates on extended versions of The Yardbirds and BB King classics mentioned above. Tinker West organized and managed the sound equipment for this show.
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1971-11-24 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show, 9:00pm to 11.00pm, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. This was an unusual show in that it was held midweek (Wednesday), Thanksgiving holiday eve.
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1971-11-26 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-11-27 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-11-28 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time). Steve Van Zandt also performed solo in the afternoon, billed as 'The Hoochi-Koochi Guitar Player'.
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1971-12-03 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

SWEET MISS SALLY (9:15) / SHE’S LEAVING (9:38) / KEY TO THE HIGHWAY (6:54) / SURE CAN FEEL THE PAIN (14:09)

One show with The Bruce Springsteen Band the lone act on the bill. A typical performance at The Student Prince consisted of three or four 40-minute sets with healthy breaks in between. From an historical standpoint the key tracks are “She’s Leaving” (later recorded as a solo demo - here it’s performed with the band) and the excellent “Sure Can Feel The Pain”. “Sweet Miss Sally” is sometimes titled “Mistress Annie” by some sources.

The above-mentioned partial setlist is taken from a circulating 40-minute audience recording of only fair quality that has never been issued on any mainstream boot. This audio circulates via custom CDR sources, typically alongside some of the audio from the December 17 Rutgers gig. The audio evidence suggests a fairly empty premises for this night’s show. While this is clearly a late period Bruce Springsteen Band club performance, the precise date and venue is not verified. The Student Prince is the most likely location, however it is possible this audio is from one of the January 1972 shows at The Captain’s Garter or the April 15, 1972 Rutgers show.
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1971-12-04 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

IF I WAS THE PRIEST

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time). In an interview with Ed Sciaky (see November 3, 1974 listing) Bruce commented that he played "If I Was The Priest" (which Bruce said he wrote in late '70 - early '71) at one of the shows during this residence at The Student Prince, although the specific gig is not known.

There is no circulating audio of the performance.
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1971-12-05 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time). Steve Van Zandt also performed solo in the afternoon, billed as 'The Hoochi-Koochi Guitar Player'.
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1971-12-10 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-12-11 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

COMING HOME (9:12) / WALKING THE DOG (9:00) / ONLY YOU KNOW AND I KNOW (7:32)

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time). The above-mentioned partial setlist is from an audience recording that probably dates from this December period and probably comes from this venue. Precise details cannot be determined.
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1971-12-12 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time). Steve Van Zandt also performed solo in the afternoon, billed as 'The Hoochie-Koochie Guitar Player'.
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1971-12-17 - THE LEDGE, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

MARY LOUISE WATSON (9:27) / SHE’S A WOMAN (2:58) / WALKING THE DOG (8:40) / DON’T YOU WANT TO BE AN OUTLAW (10:25) / WHEN YOU DANCE (end cut, 2:53)

Full set details are not known. One show, triple bill, with the five-member Bruce Springsteen Band headlining. Undercard acts are Southern Conspiracy and Powerhouse. Held at 'The Ledge', a club/coffeehouse located within the school’s Student Union facility.

The above-mentioned partial setlist is taken from a circulating 35-minute audience recording of poor quality that has a notorious history of being cannibalized. The MC’s introduction and the first two songs can be found on boot CD 'Down The Road Apiece' (Golden Stars). The remainder of the audio has never appeared on any mainstream boot but is circulating via private CDR sources, usually with no time/venue identification. Typically the final two or three tracks of this 35 minutes of audio are found combined with audio from an unrelated performance (see December 3 listing). "Mary Louise Watson" is also known by the title "Black Widow Spider". "Walking The Dog" is complete but it usually circulates incomplete. Only the first three minutes of "When You Dance" are in circulation. Unfortunately it sounds as if the taper placed his microphone in the middle of a table of student drinkers, so the band’s performance is obscured by close proximity crowd noise and chatting. However the conversation does confirm the venue as being The Ledge. Although it seems likely that more of this performance would have been recorded by this source, only the 35 minutes of audio has surfaced to date. Collectors should note that the remaining 54 minutes of audio found on the 'Down The Road Apiece' CD is from an outdoor gig at Brookdale Community College on July 10, not from this Rutgers show as that CD’s liner notes claim.
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1971-12-18 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).
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1971-12-19 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

One show 9:30pm to 1.00am, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. A typical Bruce Springsteen Band gig at this club consisted of four 40 minute sets separated by healthy intermissions (2½ hrs total playing time).

This was the final-ever Bruce Springsteen Band gig at The Student Prince. Just a day or two following this show Springsteen drove out to California to visit his parents in San Mateo. Bruce drove with Tinker West, who had business matters to attend to and family to visit in California as well. At the time of his departure Bruce was unsure if he was going to stay in California for several months or only for several weeks. This created an up-in-the-air future for all the other band members. Further gigs were performed at The Student Prince (without Springsteen) on December 24, 25 and 26 (billed as The Sundance Blues Band) and on December 31 (billed as 'Blue Midnight formally Sundance Blues'). As it turned out Springsteen only remained in California for several weeks. Bruce has implied that he performed some solo acoustic gigs while in California, but no specific details or eyewitness accounts have yet emerged. Bruce returned to New Jersey in late January 1972. By this stage, however, both Garry Tallent and David Sancious had moved to Richmond, both having accepted session players jobs at Alpha Sound Studios. The Bruce Springsteen Band was rekindled and due to Sancious-Tallent commitments at Alpha Studios many of the group’s February-March 1972 gigs were booked in the Richmond area.
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