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1976


1976-01-01 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No set details known. Bruce, as well as E Street Band members Steve Van Zandt and Roy Bittan, turn up at a New Year's Day evening performance by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. All three end up taking the stage for an extensive, spirited set of oldies. Van Zandt, who at the time was in the studio with Southside and the Jukes producing their debut album I Don't Want To Go Home, actually took the lead vocal on several numbers.
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1976-02-00 - THE RECORD PLANT, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Sessions for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes' work-in-progress debut album I Don't Want To Go Home, produced by Steve Van Zandt. Springsteen was present at some of these sessions, particularly during the recording of his composition “You Mean So Much To Me” and he is officially credited on the album as a co-arranger of his two donated songs. Clarence Clemons provided the bass vocal on the other song, “The Fever” but is credited under the fake name of “Selmon T. Sachs”. The album was to be released in May 1976.
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1976-03-07 - BEACON THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

THE LOCO-MOTION

Bruce makes a spur-of-the-moment stage appearance at the final night of Carole King’s three-night residency, singing a rollicking duet with Carole on the evening’s encore, “The Loco-Motion”. There is no circulating audio of this song.
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1976-03-21 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

RAISE YOUR HAND

After an 11 week break over the holiday period Bruce & The E Street Band conduct a dress rehearsal performance in preparation for the second leg of the Born To Run Tour (the so-called Chicken Scratch Tour). Only about three hundred invited guests are in attendance. The exact set details are not known, although most of the Born To Run album was played as well as “Raise Your Hand”.
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Start of the Second Leg of the "Born to Run" Tour (also known as the "Chicken Scratch" Tour)


1976-03-25 - TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM, COLUMBIA, SC

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SHE’S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / GROWIN’ UP / IT’S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)

Partial setlist is known. Opening night of the second leg of the Born To Run Tour, soon nicknamed by the road crew as the “Chicken Scratch Tour” because of the high proportion of secondary market, southern state locations. The above-mentioned partial ten-song setlist is culled from post concert details in the city’s newspaper. The song sequence is correct but there were four or five songs sandwiched in between these that are unverified. This show was not a sellout. There is no circulating audio.
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1976-03-26 - FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA, GA

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / FRANKIE / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

No complete set details known. No audio known to circulate. Above setlist gleaned from a mixture of newspaper reports and recollections from fans present. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported a 2½ hour show and a near-capacity crowd at this tiny, picturesque venue. A fan (on the Greasy Lake website) recalls 'This was my first Springsteen show and my first trip into Atlanta by myself (I was 18). This unfortunately led to me and my buddies getting lost and missing the first of the show. A guy sitting behind us told us he had opened with "Night". After getting settled in our seats Bruce began the familiar harmonica intro to "Thunder Road". A high energy version followed and this led right into "Born To Run". Since all this happened almost thirty years ago now I can't remember the order in which he played everything but he for sure played "It's Hard To be A Saint In The City" (a great guitar battle between him and Miami Steve), "Blinded By The Light" (he looked over the album cover before starting and said "OK, I got it."), "Backstreets", "Jungleland", an early version of "Frankie" (playing a wooden block with a drum stick for percussion), "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (the angels on their Harleys version) and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". He did both the "Detroit Medley" and "Quarter To Three" for encores and ended the night on his knees screaming, "I'm just a prisoner... of rock & roll!" I've never been the same and wouldn't want it any other way.' Assuming these recollections are accurate, this show features the earliest known version of "Frankie" and first known tour appearance of "Blinded By The Light".
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1976-03-27 - RADIO STATION WQXI-FM, ATLANTA, GA

Bruce and Miami Steve visit the station for an hour-long live interview with DJ Cat Simon that was intermixed with both of them playing some of their favorite records for the listening audience. None of this program’s audio appears to be circulating among collectors.
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1976-03-28 - CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM, DUKE UNIVERSITY, DURHAM, NC

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER / BACKSTREETS / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape from the ER archives via JEMS, released as part of the silver set 'Frankie Goes To Cleveland' (Masterpiece) and on CD 'Run South, Young Man' (Godfather). The tape entered circulation in August 2012, prior to this there was no circulating audio. Above-mentioned presumably complete setlist is culled from information from a May 20, 1976 report in Rolling Stone, a brief review in Duke University's Student Newspaper and an audience recording (which contains the full set, save for "Quarter to Three"). A Brucebase reader present also adds that he recollects "It's My Life" and that "I distinctly remember looking down the row of people and seeing that every single one of them had their mouths open (as did I) in stunned silence, mesmerized by the story and the music. It was thrilling." This is one of only a few shows in which all eight songs from the Born To Run album are performed. First confirmed public Springsteen performance of "Raise Your Hand," and the recording supports that claim as Springsteen calls out chord changes to the band. Some sources suggest that "Kitty's Back" was played, but there is no evidence of it on the audience recording. Thanks to David for the info and scan.
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1976-03-29 - OVENS AUDITORIUM, CHARLOTTE, NC

IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY

Complete setlist is not known. There is no known audio from this show. The above-mentioned tracks are mentioned as having been performed in a review the following day in the Charlotte Observer. This was a last-minute addition to the tour itinerary, arranged on only five days notice by a local promoter who became aware Springsteen had an open date available following the Duke University gig. Despite the lack of pre-event promotion Bruce pulled in an enthusiastic, near-sellout crowd of 2,400.
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1976-04-01 - MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, OHIO UNIVERSITY, ATHENS, OH

THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DETROIT MEDLEY

There is no known audio from this show. Held in the school's Memorial Auditorium. There was non-reserved seating for this show, which caused mayhem leading up to the venue opening its doors. The partial setlist above is from the confident recollection of Brucebase reader Daniel, who further comments, "The concert was scheduled for around 7:00pm...folks started lining up outside at about 4:30pm. By 7:00pm I'd estimate there were over a thousand people outside and the doors were still shut. At about 7:10 there was commotion up front and I remember seeing one of the doors get literally torn from the hinges - and these were big, heavy wood doors! The next minutes were a blur, seeing one girl getting pushed into the glass marque-poster cases, seeing another girl who fainted getting passed overhead…the mad rush to get a good seat”. Brucebase reader Bob, who also attended comments “Suddenly the doors opened and we were pushed in so I raced to the front and got two seats. I remember the show was a little too loud in the front row, but it was amazing. The night before the show Springsteen went to my favourite bar (Swanky's) and hung out. I didn't go that night. I saw his picture in the paper the next morning standing where I usually went to drink”.
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1976-04-02 - MACAULEY THEATRE, LOUISVILLE, KY

IT'S MY LIFE / FOR YOU / DETROIT MEDLEY / RAISE YOUR HAND

Partial setlist and no known audio circulates. A reader present recalls "My seat was third or fourth row center but we stood all night. My journal entry doesn't have a list but it mentions a long story intro to "It's My Life", a solo piano version of "For You" that began the second encore followed by a Mitch Ryder medley and "Raise Your Hand" (which I'd never heard before). I see that the April 4 show claims it was the first "Raise Your Hand" but it looks like he played it in Louisville two days earlier. My journal entry says: "Bruce's last words: I'm just a prisoner... of rock'n'roll!". In fact it now seems the earliest known "Raise Your Hand" was March 28 in Durham, NC. Thanks to John for the details.
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1976-04-04 - MSU AUDITORIUM, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST LANSING, MI

NIGHT (3.01) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.01) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.04) / IT'S MY LIFE (8.44) / THUNDER ROAD (5.41) / SHE'S THE ONE (6.26) / BORN TO RUN (4.15) / FRANKIE (6.38) / MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER (3.25) / BACKSTREETS (7.24) / GROWIN' UP (3.29) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (5.28) / JUNGLELAND (9.27) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (cut in middle, 9.51) / RAISE YOUR HAND (3.15) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.14) / DETROIT MEDLEY (8.25) / QUARTER TO THREE (6.44)

Very good audience tape and partial soundboard. Show features "Thunder Road" with a new piano introduction. A rare version of "Meeting Across The River" (which is the full band version rather than a solo piano rendition previously used) and the earliest known recorded "Raise Your Hand", although it was played earlier than this. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features an extended mariachi-style introduction. This is also one of the few known times that the whole of the Born To Run album is played. Released on CDs 'Livin' Rock 'n' Roll' (Real Thing), 'Hidden Worlds That Shine' (E Street) and Ev2's remaster of the latter titled 'Rise Like the Rain'. One of the best recordings from the tour and a fine show. Thanks to Per for set details. Click the link above to read a review of the show from the Michigan Daily, 'Springsteen underwhelms MSU'.
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1976-04-05 - OHIO THEATRE, COLUMBUS, OH

TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / NIGHT / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (cut) / THUNDER ROAD (start cut) / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / PRETTY FLAMINGO / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (start cut) / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. Unfortunately the quality is only average, and suffers from distortion during loud sequences. Despite flaws, the recording is perfectly listenable. The tape is nearly complete, with edits at the end of "Incident On 57th Street" and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", and most of "Thunder Road" is missing. Following "Backstreets" Bruce talks about the last time he was at the Ohio Theatre in December 1972, when he opened for Sha Na Na. This show was apparently rescheduled from late 1975 due to poor ticket sales. A complimentary review of the show was in a local Columbus entertainment newspaper called Focus, dated April 15-30, 1976. "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" opens, and the set includes the first known "Pretty Flamingo" of 1976. Thanks to Mike for the details and the scan of the Focus cover and review, which you can read by clicking the link above.
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1976-04-06 - RADIO STATION WMMS-FM, CLEVELAND, OH

Live interview broadcast hosted by Kid Leo, one of Springsteen’s earliest and most supportive radio DJs. The exact structure and length of this interview program is unclear, as the audio does not appear to be circulating among collectors.
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1976-04-07 - ALLEN THEATRE, CLEVELAND, OH

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / FRANKIE (6.13) / BACKSTREETS (7.09) / GROWIN' UP (2.57) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (4.34) / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT (3.52) / JUNGLELAND (8.18) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (cut, 7.35) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.12) / DETROIT MEDLEY (7.04) / QUARTER TO THREE (4.08)

Soundboard tape released on CD 'Live At The Allen Theatre' (BS), and 'Runners In The Night' (Doberman). A version from a first or second generation reel also circulates, as does a JEMS transfer from what is believed to be a second generation tape. The latter is the one to get, a material upgrade over all other circulating tapes. The JEMS transfer was also released on silvers as part of 'Frankie Goes To Cleveland' (Masterpiece). Eleven tracks (from "Frankie" to the end) are on CD 'Prove It All Night' (Flashback), please note that the date and location listed on the artwork of this CD (May 10, 1976 in Mobile, AL) are incorrect. Bruce skips a verse during "Blinded By The Light" (Thanks to Per). First "Incident On 57th Street" since September 1975 and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.
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1976-04-08 - ALLEN THEATRE, CLEVELAND, OH

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM / FRANKIE / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JUNGLELAND

Soundboard tape of good (albeit flat) sound dominated by bass guitar. Incomplete setlist, likely to be missing "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" and the encores. Set includes rare version of "When You Walk In The Room", only known to have been played once in 1976 and never again until a single performance in 2009. Released on CDR 'Leaving The Allen In Rubble' (BTS5).
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1976-04-09 - REID ATHLETIC CENTER, COLGATE UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, NY

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / FRANKIE / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. Last known full band "Blinded By The Light" until the '99/00 Reunion Tour, where it will make a few appearances.
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1976-04-10 - PAUL MELLON ARTS CENTER, CHOATE ROSEMARY HALL, WALLINGFORD, CT

NIGHT (3.10) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.20) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.48) / IT'S MY LIFE (9.21) / THUNDER ROAD (6.03) / SHE'S THE ONE (6.50) / BORN TO RUN (4.36) / PRETTY FLAMINGO (14.16) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (11.37) / FRANKIE (6.48) / BACKSTREETS (8.15) / GROWIN' UP (slight cut, 3.01) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (5.13) / JUNGLELAND (10.24) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.23) / RAISE YOUR HAND (3.31) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (7.12) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.21)

Audience tape that encompasses the complete 18-song performance, recorded by Joe Kivak. This tape now circulates from the master cassettes on CDR 'Walk Softly Tonight' (Fanatic). A special concert played at the request of John Hammond, who was close friends with the family of a Rosemary Hall resident. As a result Springsteen performed for a substantially lower fee than usual. A Springsteen show regular who attended has commented to Brucebase: "There was no advertising as far as I know. I used to call Mike Appel's office to get Bruce news and they told me. A few other diehards also learned of the show, so the first few rows were full of Springsteen dignitaries who got there plenty early. With my tickets I had Joe Kivak, Simon Montgomery and a female friend of his, a guy named Ernie and his friend, Ed Sciaky. Bruce was blown away when Sciaky showed up backstage. Also up front were Kennie Viola, founder of Thunder Road (fanzine), and some friends of his. Bruce seemed real pleased to see friendly faces at such a strange venue”.
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1976-04-12 - CAMBRIA COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL ARENA, JOHNSTOWN, PA

No set details known. Venue had a capacity of 4,000 in its concert seating mode. A Brucebase reader who attended reports it was a near sellout, with Bruce dressed in a dark suit (no tie) and Clarence in a white “Panama” suit.
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1976-04-13 - REC HALL, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY PARK, PA

NIGHT (3:03) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4:20) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6:29) / IT’S MY LIFE (9:15) / THUNDER ROAD (5:41) / SHE’S THE ONE (6:31) / BORN TO RUN (4:27) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (10:38) / FRANKIE (6:33) / BACKSTREETS (7:28) / GROWIN’ UP (3:07) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (5:36) / JUNGLELAND (end cut, 9:19) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10:36) / RAISE YOUR HAND (3:23) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6:54) / DETROIT MEDLEY (8:52) / QUARTER TO THREE (8:12) / TWIST AND SHOUT (start cut,1:55)

Audience tape. Seemingly the complete show is captured with just a couple of minor glitches. The most frenzied ticket demand show on this final “Chicken Scratch” leg of the Born To Run Tour - people camped out overnight on the Penn State campus for tickets. Available on CDR from Joe Kivak's master cassettes 'Penn State '76' (Fanatic).
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1976-04-15 - SYRIA MOSQUE, PITTSBURGH, PA

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / FRANKIE / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / FOR YOU / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE / TWIST AND SHOUT

There is no circulating audio from this show. The above-mentioned twenty-song setlist is courtesy of the best recollection of Brucebase reader Mike, who further comments, “We thought the show had ended after the second encore. We were outside when we heard the crowd go wild. We ran back inside and found the band back on stage, plugging in, with all the house lights on. They must have played “Twist And Shout” for ten minutes. When they finished, they appeared ready to do another number when one of the ladies who ushered the Mosque walked up behind Bruce, tapped him on the shoulder and motioned with her finger "no more". It was a perfect comic ending, as Bruce acted frightened and ran off stage with the others while this 60-year old meanie stood there with her hands on her broad hips”. A glowing review in the Beaver County Times corroborates these setlist recollections.
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1976-04-16 - CAMPUS CENTER, ALLEGHENY COLLEGE, MEADVILLE, PA

JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY

There is no known audio. The above-mentioned three songs are known to have been performed via a (not so complimentary) review of the show in the school’s newspaper. During the finale Bruce was jokingly carried of the stage in a stretcher…only to return for one more song (likely “Quarter To Three”, although the title is not mentioned).
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1976-04-17 - UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, ROCHESTER, NY

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / FRANKIE / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY

The above setlist was sent to me in a query, and originated on RMAS (rec.music.artists.springsteen) in answer to a plea for information on the show - it came from someone who discovered their long lost setlist notes handwritten on the night.
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1976-04-20 - FREEDOM HALL CIVIC CENTER, JOHNSON CITY, TN

SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / BORN TO RUN / SHE'S THE ONE / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DETROIT MEDLEY / RAISE YOUR HAND / QUARTER TO THREE

No circulating audio. Partial setlist details are known via a following day newspaper review in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. Johnson City is the home of East Tennessee State University. However there was no school affiliation with this event. Freedom Hall had a capacity of 8,000+ but this gig was presented in the venue’s 3,500-seat “stage show mode”, with half the auditorium curtained and chairs installed on the floor. Due to limited advertising the attendance was less than 1,000. Thanks to Jeff for the setlist details.
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1976-04-21 - KNOXVILLE CIVIC AUDITORIUM, KNOXVILLE, TN

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SHE’S THE ONE / THUNDER ROAD / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND

Complete set details are not known, however the above-mentioned songs were definitely performed. There is no known audio from this show. The show opened with “Night”. Like the previous evening’s gig in Johnson City, this was another disappointing turnout, with only about 1,000 of the venue’s 2,500 available seats sold. Brucebase reader Mike (who also noted the small crowd turnout) reports, “I was near the stage and actually patted Bruce on the back when he jumped from the stage and wandered among the audience as he played his guitar. It will always be the best concert I’ve ever seen because of the incredible energy level, as well as the fantastic music and performance by the band.”
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1976-04-22 - BURRUSS AUDITORIUM, VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY, BLACKSBURG, VA

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / FRANKIE / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (cut) / DETROIT MEDLEY / TWIST AND SHOUT

A sellout, held in the 3,000-seat Burruss Auditorium. The above-mentioned 18-song setlist is likely to represent the complete show. The only known source audio is a 16-song audience tape that ends with “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”. A review of the show in the school newspaper (linked above) notes that “Detroit Medley” was played. However Bruce was not done yet - following "Detroit Medley" about half the crowd remained after everyone else had left, and the band returned to the stage for "Twist And Shout". “Frankie” makes its second-to-last confirmed appearance on this tour. Thanks to Scott for the information.
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1976-04-22 - TOWN HALL, BLACKSBURG, VA

There are hazy, second-hand reports that after his concert in Blacksburg Springsteen scooted over to a well-known club called ‘Town Hall’ and made a guest appearance on-stage with a yet to be positively identified artist that was on the bill (Nils Lofgren and ex-Steel Mill vocalist Robbin Thompson are two names sometimes speculated) – but both may be incorrect.
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1976-04-24 - VARSITY GYM, APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY, BOONE, NC

NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / BORN TO RUN / FRANKIE / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / QUARTER TO THREE

There is no known audio from this show. The above-mentioned nine song titles are articulated in a post-concert review of this performance that appeared in A.S.U. Student Newspaper. There were an additional seven or eight songs performed, but the titles are not identified in the review, although it's likely they correspond to what was played at Virginia Tech two days earlier. This is the last verified live performance of “Frankie” for 23 years.
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1976-04-26 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, CHATTANOOGA, TN

TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / KITTY'S BACK / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)

No complete setlist details known and there is no circulating audio for this show. The above-mentioned 12-song partial setlist is the recollection of fans present. Thanks to Jenny for the information. Jenny also recalls that folks dancing in the aisles during the show were shutdown by security. This elicited boos from the audience, and provoked Bruce to make sarcastic comments about the staff from the stage. The setlist is notable for a rare "Kitty's Back", the only known performance of the song in 1976. This gig was originally planned for the nearby (but smaller) Tivoli Theater, yet despite the change of location apparently less than 1,000 of the Memorial Auditorium's 3,850 tickets were sold. Springsteen and CBS publicist Glen Brunmen were interviewed the following afternoon by Nashville's Tennessean newspaper and Brunmen mentions the disappointing crowd turnout in Chattanooga. Bruce also jokingly mentions that their tour bus had traveled an hour out of Chattanooga on its way to Nashville when they had to turn around and go back - they'd forgotten Max Weinberg! Typically Bruce didn't let a small turnout affect his energy level. Brucebase reader Steve reports, “Bruce’s road crew came out before the start of the show and nailed a piece of plywood from the edge of the stage over the top of the security barricades. Bruce jumped off the stage and played in the crowd a number of times. The show still ranks as one of my all-time favorite concerts.”
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1976-04-28 - GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE, NASHVILLE, TN

GROWIN’ UP

Complete set details are not known. This two-hour show took place at the Grand Ole’ Opry’s 4,500-seat venue on the grounds of the then new Opryland U.S.A. Theme Park. Contrary to myth, this was not the first-ever rock show allowed inside the spiritual home of country music, with The Byrds having broken the ice in 1968 at the Opry’s former Ryman Auditorium location. An article in the Nashville Banner the following day (which mentions “Growin’ Up” as having been played) gave the concert a glowing review but reported a crowd turnout of only 3,000. There is no audio from this show.
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1976-04-29 - ELLIS AUDITORIUM, MEMPHIS, TN

NIGHT (2.56) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.01) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.15) / IT'S MY LIFE (8.58) / THUNDER ROAD (5.31) / SHE'S THE ONE (6.46) / BORN TO RUN (4.11) / PRETTY FLAMINGO (13.40) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (12.27) / GROWIN' UP (2.57) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (5.01) / BACKSTREETS (6.42) / JUNGLELAND (8.49) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.40) / RAISE YOUR HAND (with Eddie Floyd) (2.55) / KNOCK ON WOOD - YUM YUM YUM (I WANT SOME) (with Eddie Floyd) (4.10) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.12) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.58)

Soundboard recording released on CD 'Knock On Wood' (Ragamuffin Records). Excellent set features Eddie Floyd guesting on "Raise Your Hand" and "Knock On Wood" (which includes the only known Springsteen rendition of "Yum Yum Yum (I Want Some)"). "Spirit In The Night" includes a line from "Stagger Lee" in the introduction. "She's The One" includes a brief intro rap. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. It's after this particular show that Springsteen and Van Zandt take a cab out to Graceland, and Bruce jumps the gate in an attempt to meet Elvis, who is actually in Lake Tahoe. Bruce is escorted off the grounds by security. George "GK" Klein, host of a weekly show on Sirius Radio's Elvis Radio channel and close friend of Presley, has stated that Elvis was aware of Springsteen at the time, and liked him "'cause he was a rock 'n' roller".
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1976-04-30 - BOUTWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, BIRMINGHAM, AL

No set details known. Held in the recently re-named, 5,000-seat Boutwell Auditorium (previously called Municipal Auditorium). Another very poor turnout, with less than 1,000 tickets sold. When Springsteen returned to Birmingham (and this same venue) on September 29, 1978 (this time to a full house) he recalled this 1976 gig and commented to the crowd: “We don't get down here too much... the last time we were down here you guys must’ve all been outta town”.
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1976-05-03 - ROBINSON AUDITORIUM, LITTLE ROCK, AR

TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / PRETTY FLAMINGO / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY

Details from someone who taped the show: "The set (with a couple of songs I cannot identify) included the above". Apparently the show only attracted 600 fans, and Bruce vowed never to return.
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1976-05-04 - MISSISSIPPI COLISEUM, JACKSON, MS

No details known.
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1976-05-06 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, SHREVEPORT, LA

No set details known. Legendary 3,200-seat venue, home of the Louisiana Hayride radio broadcasts and the place where Elvis Presley and Hank Williams attained early fame. Unfortunately a very poor crowd turnout for Springsteen, with only a few hundred tickets sold. Brucebase reader Elaine, who attended, confirms, "Attendance was very sparse. We sat in the fourth or fifth row and there was no one behind us, I think about 200-300. But Bruce played for two hours and seemed to give it maximum effort".
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1976-05-08 - LSU ASSEMBLY CENTER, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, BATON ROUGE, LA

No details known. Brucebase would love to know more about this show.
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1976-05-09 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM THEATER, MOBILE, AL

No set details known. Brucebase would love to know more about this show. Please note that the Mobile Municipal Auditorium (now the Mobile Civic Center) is comprised of three different facilities; a theater, an arena and an Exposition Hall. This concert (and the next night) took place in the small ~2,000 seat theater. Thanks to Bryant for the information.
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1976-05-10 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM THEATER, MOBILE, AL

IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (4.40) / JUNGLELAND (9.41) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.51) / RAISE YOUR HAND (3.41) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (7.18) / QUARTER TO THREE (edits, 6.45)

Soundboard recording which is comprised of the above incomplete set released on CD 'Down In Jungleland Vol 2' (Winged Wheel), minus "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City". CD 'Prove It All Night' (Flashback) claims to feature soundboard tracks from this show, but it is believed they actually come from the April 7, 1976 show at the Allen Theatre in Cleveland.
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1976-05-11 - MEMORIAL COLISEUM, AUBURN UNIVERSITY, AUBURN, AL

TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)

No known audio. Partial setlist is known, with four or five additional songs intermingled throughout this set that are still unidentified. The concert is featured in the 1977 edition of The Glomerata, Auburn University's yearbook. Click the link above to view photos and a short review of the show. Apparently only 1500 of the 4700 available tickets were sold, but the concert was still considered by many to be one of the best the University had seen in recent years. There is 19 minutes of silent Super-8 color film footage of excerpts of this show’s above-noted songs in circulation. This footage has been ‘married’ to previously circulating audio of the respective songs from the May 13 and April 26, 1976 shows and is available on the DVD ‘Bruce Springsteen: 8MM’ (Brucevideos Productions), thanks Pete.
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1976-05-13 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, NEW ORLEANS, LA

NIGHT (2.55) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.15) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.35) / IT'S MY LIFE (10.46) / THUNDER ROAD (5.41) / SHE'S THE ONE (8.48) / BORN TO RUN (cut in middle, 3.41) / PRETTY FLAMINGO (16.11) / GROWIN' UP (4.18) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (6.43) / BACKSTREETS (7.33) / JUNGLELAND (cuts and edits at end, 8.28) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (13.06) / RAISE YOUR HAND (3.27) / 4TH JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.44) / NEW ORLEANS (3.06) / DETROIT MEDLEY (10.43)

Audience tape of the complete 17-song set. Show includes an interesting arrangement of "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" featuring some wonderful interplay between Bruce and Clarence and possibly the longest known version at nearly seven minutes. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes Roy playing about a minute of Bach's "Prelude No. 1 in C Major (BWV 846)" and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. Also a very rare performance of the Gary U.S. Bonds early 60’s classic “New Orleans” (incorrectly listed as “Mississippi Queen” by many sources). Released on the CDR ‘Mississippi Boss’, a title referencing that mistaken song title, not the location of this gig. The audio tape was recorded from the seat shown in the ticket image (link above) and at one point Springsteen jumps off the stage right in front of the taper.
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1976-05-27 - EISENHOWER HALL AUDITORIUM, U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY, WEST POINT, NY

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / PRETTY FLAMINGO / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY

Audience tape available on CDR 'Military Night' (Fanatic) from the master cassettes. A fan remembers "Us commoners had to sit in the last five or six rows as the cadets, decked out in dress whites, had all of the rest of the theater. The sound was amazing. The big crescendos of "Growin' Up" seemed to move through us from left to right. I mentioned that to Bruce at the Stone Pony before Southside's May 30 radio broadcast and he said that Eisenhower Hall was supposed to be one of the best acoustic theaters in the country. I believe it."
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1976-05-28 - HALSEY FIELD HOUSE, U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY, ANNAPOLIS, MD

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / PRETTY FLAMINGO / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY / SEA CRUISE

Audience tape. Thanks Mark for the details. First known performance of Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise" especially for the Naval Academy. Last show of the "Chicken Scratch" leg and final show of the "Born to Run" tour.
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1976-05-30 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL / GOT TO GET YOU OFF MY MIND / SWEETER THAN HONEY / HOW COME YOU TREAT ME SO BAD (with Lee Dorsey) / LITTLE BY LITTLE / THE FEVER (with Clarence Clemons) / BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN / IT AIN'T THE MEAT, IT'S THE MOTION (with Max Weinberg) / I CHOOSE TO SING THE BLUES / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with Steve Van Zandt) / YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME (with Ronnie Spector) / HAVING A PARTY (with Bruce Springsteen)

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes’ first concert with major public exposure hosted by Philadelphia radio station WMMR-FM and broadcast on syndicated stations throughout the northeastern US. This was effectively a celebration of the recent release of Southside’s debut album I Don't Want To Go Home. The producer of the album, Steve Van Zandt, was onstage playing rhythm guitar for most of the show. And what a lineup of guests it was! Bruce Springsteen joins for one song, the closing "Having A Party". The entire show is available on the boots “Beginnings” or “Beginnings (and More)”. Black and white video footage shot from the audience also circulates.
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1976-06-12 - SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, PUBLIC THEATER, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A private tenth birthday party for music magazine Crawdaddy. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes perform as “house” band for the evening and towards the end of the show, at around 1am, Springsteen and most of the E Street Band hop onstage and perform half-an-hour of songs. Allegedly semi-pro film footage exists, but none has circulated.
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1976-06-13 - SPRINGSTEEN APARTMENT, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Bruce takes part in a 23 minute phone-in interview with DJ "Father" Bill Ayers that was broadcast live on New York City’s WPLJ-FM. Springsteen was at his apartment, Ayers at the radio station. Bruce talks about future plans. The entire interview can be found on the two-CD set 'Darkness On The Air' (Mystic).
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1976-06-21 - THE MAIN POINT, BRYN MAWR, PA

No set details known. Two shows. Bruce turns up to watch Tone, a group headed by former E Street Band alumni David Sancious and Ernest “Boom” Carter. There are conflicting reports on whether Bruce took the stage during this evening, the confusion may stem from the fact that there were two shows on the night and Bruce may have performed at only one of them.
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1976-07-04 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / KNOCK ON WOOD (with Southside Johnny)

Partial set list. Bruce and the E Street Band do an impromptu concert following a Southside Johnny gig. Many more songs were played according to the reader who submitted these details - concert included a break and started at around 12.30am. Brucebase reader Paul confirms that the set included "Knock On Wood", performed as a duet with Southside Johnny.

Two days before this concert Springsteen had been informed by Mike Appel that he would not allow Jon Landau to produce the fourth album. This led to Springsteen suing Appel, and Appel counter-suing in response. As a result, Bruce would be unable to record for almost a year.
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1976-07-22 - CBS ANNUAL SALES CONVENTION, LOS ANGELES, CA

THE FEVER / I DON’T WANT TO GO HOME

No circulating audio. Convention promoted as ‘The Family Of Music-1976’ and featuring four artists from the corporate roster, each performing thirty to forty minute sets – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (who opened), Starcastle, Dave Mason and headliner The Jacksons (featuring Michael Jackson). Springsteen attended and made a guest appearance with Southside Johnny on guitar for "The Fever" and on duet vocals for "I Don't Want To Go Home". Needless to say Bruce received a nicer reception from the reps at this convention than he had before (see July 27, 1973 listing). Allegedly filmed by CBS, but no footage has ever surfaced.
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1976-08-01 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ

NIGHT (3.08) / RENDEZVOUS (2.43) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.16) / IT'S MY LIFE (9.46) / THUNDER ROAD (5.48) / SHE'S THE ONE (8.21) / BORN TO RUN (slight edit, 4.28) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.27) / BACKSTREETS (7.23) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) (4.17) / JUNGLELAND (9.23) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.08) / RAISE YOUR HAND (with The Miami Horns) (3.28) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (7.02) / SHE'S SURE THE GIRL I LOVE (3.29) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (with The Miami Horns) (4.50)

Audience tape. The debut of the Miami Horns Quartet (line-up #1), featuring Carlo Novi (sax), Ed Manion (sax), Tony Pallagrosi (trumpet) and Rick Gazda (trumpet). The foursome came from Southside Johnny's Miami Horns outfit during a break in Southside's touring schedule. The show features the premiere of "Rendezvous" and "Something In The Night" - in just piano and organ backing form with the first version of the lyrics. First time that The Dovells' 1963 hit "You Can't Sit Down" is played and the only known version of "She's Sure The Girl I Love". "She's The One" also features a new introduction with Bruce on harmonica and a tale about the origin of the "Bo Diddley beat", stretching the length of the song to over eight minutes. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes Roy playing a bit of Bach's "Prelude No. 1 in C Major (BWV 846)". Released on CD 'First Rendezvous In Red Bank' (B Street) and transferred from Joe Kivak's master cassettes on CDR 'First Night at Monmouth Arts Center' (Fanatic).
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1976-08-02 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN

Audience tape. Same set as the night before except the encores, and usually found in better quality. Available on CD 'Second Rendezvous In Red Bank' (B Street) and from Joe Kivak's master cassettes on CDR 'Second Night at Monmouth Arts Center' (Fanatic).
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1976-08-03 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ

NIGHT (3.04) / RENDEZVOUS (2.45) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.07) / IT'S MY LIFE (11.14) / THUNDER ROAD (edit, 5.32) / SHE'S THE ONE (10.14) / BORN TO RUN (4.21) / THE PROMISE (4.22) / BACKSTREETS (7.12) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) (4.08) / JUNGLELAND (8.54) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (12.44) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.46) / RAISE YOUR HAND (with The Miami Horns) (3.35) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (with The Miami Horns) (4.18)

Audience tape. Live premiere of one of Bruce's finest songs, "The Promise", with different lyrics to later versions (not least the chorus is "it's a loser" rather than "thunder road"). "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features an extended mariachi-style introduction, Roy playing a bit of Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C Major (BWV 846), and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. Released on CD 'Delivering The Promise' (B Street), CDR 'Third Rendezvous In Red Bank' (B Street) and from the master cassettes on CDR 'Third Night at Monmouth Arts Center' (Original Master Series).
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1976-08-05 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ

NIGHT (3.12) / RENDEZVOUS (3.00) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.11) / IT'S MY LIFE (12.24) / THUNDER ROAD (5.48) / SHE'S THE ONE (10.57) / BORN TO RUN (4.31) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.46) / BACKSTREETS (cut, 6.13) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.18) / JUNGLELAND (9.13) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (12.48) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (7.08) / RAISE YOUR HAND (4.02) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (6.45)

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Fourth Rendezvous In Red Bank' and from Joe Kivak's master cassettes 'Fourth Night at Monmouth Arts Center' (Fanatic). Same set as the previous night, apart from "Something In The Night" replacing "The Promise".
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1976-08-06 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Fifth Rendezvous In Red Bank' and transferred from the master cassettes on CDR 'Fifth Night at Monmouth Arts Center' (Fanatic).
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1976-08-07 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ

NIGHT (4:06) / RENDEZVOUS (3:16) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6:33) / IT'S MY LIFE (13:30) / THUNDER ROAD (6:26) / SHE'S THE ONE (13:08) / BORN TO RUN (5:00) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (5:45) / BACKSTREETS (7:34) / GROWIN' UP (6:43) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4:37) / JUNGLELAND (10:20) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (15:26) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (7:12) / RAISE YOUR HAND (5:11) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (5:27) / QUARTER TO THREE (cut, 3:57)

Audience tape. Released on CDR 'Sixth Rendezvous In Red Bank', and from the master cassettes 'Sixth Night at Monmouth Arts Center' (Fanatic). Some, or all, of this show was filmed in colour, possibly by Barry Rebo. The complete "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" was shown by Thom Zimny at the Rock 'n' Rock Hall Of Fame discussion in June 2009. Reports indicate three cameras were used, but only two are visible in the footage that circulates amongst fans. Parts of "It's My Life" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" are seen in The Promise: The Making Of The Darkness On The Edge Of Town documentary in October 2010. Edited video of "Something In The Night" is officially released on the Darkness boxset in November 2010, with the final verse missing, for reasons unknown. The missing verse is as follows:

And now you people out on the island drinkin' tequilas, you lock your doors and take your children by the hand
Put on your black dress baby, because tonight the devil will walk these streets like a man
I don't know about you, but I'm gonna, I'm gonna bring along my switchblade, in case that fool wants to fight
If he wants me tell him I'll be running down the highway, chasing something in the night
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1976-08-21 - PALACE THEATER, WATERBURY, CT

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN

Audience tape of good quality with a very enthusiastic crowd, and soundboard for the last three tracks. The three soundboard tracks are on CD 'Deep Down In The Vaults' (E St Records). Collectors should note that the whole show soundboard available on CD "Palace Theater" (Joker) is actually a re-arranged version of the tape attributed to August 22, which in itself is from an unknown date and location. The full, unedited show is available as an audience recording on CDR 'Palace In Waterbury' from Fanatic Records. CDR 'Waterbury 76' also circulates, which has some tracks from another show grafted on the end. There is apparently around ten minutes of silent Super 8 footage in existence from this show, but does not appear to be in general circulation.
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1976-08-22 - SPRINGFIELD CIVIC CENTER, SPRINGFIELD, MA

NIGHT (3.10) / RENDEZVOUS (3.02) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (4.20) / IT'S MY LIFE (10.23) / THUNDER ROAD (4.09) / SHE'S THE ONE (12.00) / BORN TO RUN / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.27) / BACKSTREETS (7.20) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) (4.18) / JUNGLELAND (9.12) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (12.57)

A soundboard tape which has the honour of being the most mis-dated one. Although only starting with Springsteen & The E Street Band on August 1, this is the final performance for the Miami Horns Quartet (line-up #1), who must leave to re-join Southside Johnny on tour. (Note: these four guys comprised the entire Jukes Miami Horns line-up at the time. There were no other musicians. They expanded to a five-piece in November 1976 with the addition of Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg, but between April and November 1976, these four players were the Jukes Miami Horns. The Jukes were off the road while Southside recovered from illness. Thanks to Mike for the clarification.)

This particular venue is not listed by most books on the subject, but the board tape is definitely not from any of the other known tapes and certainly comes from this period: "Something in the Night" has no trumpet backing and "Born To Run" is in the main set. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes Roy playing a minute of Bach’s "Prelude No. 1" from "The Well-Tempered Clavier" in the band introductions and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. (Thanks to Ingunn for that).

A fan present comments, "So we sit patiently waiting for the band, with no idea what is about to hit us. After a seemingly endless wait, the lights dim and the band comes out and Bam! they burst into "Night" - such a powerhouse version that I can still feel the buzz from it when I think about it. That song is never mentioned as one of the great Springsteen tunes, but since that time, I've always regarded it as one of his finest. I've been a huge rock music fan for all of my life - since those days, I've been a music critic and written hundreds of articles and thousands of reviews and have bought well over ten thousand records and CDs. I've played in my own band, recorded multiple CDs, and run an independent record label, and after all this, I still think of that show as the point where I first saw something that I've only seen a handful of other times: what real rock and roll is." Thanks to Steve G for that, and for the alternate stub above.

The tape was first booted many years ago on the old vinyl 'Cry Me a River', 'Live in Philadelphia I and II', and 'Streets of Fire', the last of which was probably the source for the 'Streets of Life' CD . The problem is, when did this show take place? It does not match either of the audience tapes of the two known Philadelphia shows. The CD "Arena Rock" purports to be a complete soundboard of October 25 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia (see listing), but in fact it simply grafts Ed Sciaky's intro and the encores onto this tape. The CDs 'Palace Theater' (Wild Card) and "Deep Down in the Vaults" list the show as August 21, Palace Theatre, Waterbury, CT, but there is an audience tape of that show, and it does not match this one. August 22nd at Springfield, Massachusetts has been used as sort of a generic date for this set, but there are plenty of open times for unknown dates to have taken place during this time. Also released on CDR "Springfield Rock City".
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1976-09-04 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME / HAVING A PARTY

Audience tape. Bruce (along with Steve Van Zandt) guests at a Labor Day weekend Southside Johnny gig at The Stone Pony. Springsteen shares lead vocals with Southside on both songs listed above, while Van Zandt plays guitar during the second set.
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Start of "The Lawsuit" tour
September 26, 1976 - March 25, 1977
 
THE E STREET BAND
Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Roy Bittan (piano, keyboards)
Clarence Clemons (tenor, baritone, and soprano saxophones, backing vocals, percussion)
Danny Federici (organ, accordion, glockenspiel, piano)
Garry Tallent (bass, percussion)
Steven Van Zandt (guitar, backing vocals)
Max Weinberg (drums)
 
John Binkley (trumpet)
Ed De Palma (saxophone)
Dennis Orlock (trombone)
Steve Paraczky (trumpet, flugelhorn)


1976-09-26 - ARIZONA VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, PHOENIX, AZ

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (with Steve Paraczky) / BACKSTREETS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / GROWIN' UP / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN

Audience tape ('Unbooted'). First official show of the "Lawsuit" tour and the debut of the Miami Horns Quartet (line-up #2), featuring Ed De Palma (sax), John Binkley (trumpet), Steve Paraczky (trumpet) and Dennis Orlock (trombone). Despite the name, this Philadelphia-based foursome has no affiliation with Southside Johnny's band. The group will be a permanent fixture until the tour ends in March 1977, although they're only heard on a few songs each night. "Something In The Night" now features a trumpet accompaniment. Thanks to Mike for the line up corrections.
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1976-09-29 - SANTA MONICA CIVIC AUDITORIUM, SANTA MONICA, CA

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN

Audience tape. "The Promise" returns for the first time since the Red Bank shows, and now has different lyrics. "Born To Run" moves into the encores. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes the lyric "I ain't no freak, 'cause my face has been on the cover of Time and Newsweek". The show is later the subject of a very complimentary review in Billboard magazine, which closes with the words "...this might be the best band on the road today". Click the link above to read. Available on CDR 'Santa Monica 76 First Night'.
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1976-09-30 - SANTA MONICA CIVIC AUDITORIUM, SANTA MONICA, CA

Soundcheck: includes THUNDER ROAD (multiple takes; instrumental)

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN

Audience tape. "Growin' Up" features a story in the break for the first time (a short one, about Springsteen's signing with Columbia Records). Thanks to Mike for the setlist updates. Released on CDR 'Unbooted' and 'Santa Monica '76 Second Night'.
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1976-09-30 - THE ROXY THEATRE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

A TEENAGER IN LOVE

No known audio. Springsteen and Van Zandt make an unannounced guest appearance (on background vocals) during an encore at Dion DiMucci's second (late) show at The Roxy. Dion introduces the pair as “honorary Belmonts”. Bruce had first met Dion in October 1975 while visiting a Spector-Dion recording session in LA. However Steve Van Zandt, while touring as a member of the backing band for '50s vocal group The Dovells, had actually played guitar in Dion’s backing band at a show in Miami, Florida on December 31st 1972, that trip (according to Steve) being the original source of the nickname “Miami” Steve.
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1976-10-02 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, OAKLAND, CA

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / THE PROMISE

Incomplete audience tape ('Unbooted'). The Modesto Bee lists a number of songs that were played, the only one not on the audience tape being "The Promise", which is played solo on the piano.
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1976-10-03 - TOSO PAVILION, SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY, SANTA CLARA, CA

No setlist details known. Held in the school’s 5,000-seat Toso Pavilion. University Archives records indicate it contracted Springsteen & The E Street Band for this concert for just $7,000.
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1976-10-05 - SANTA BARBARA COUNTY BOWL, SANTA BARBARA, CA

NIGHT (3.00) / RENDEZVOUS (3.03) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.05) / IT'S MY LIFE (12.19) / THUNDER ROAD (5.45) / SHE'S THE ONE (8.10) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (5.02) / BACKSTREETS (9.18) / GROWIN' UP (6.15) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / BORN TO RUN

Incomplete audience tape available on CDR.
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1976-10-09 - ATHLETIC & CONVOCATION CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, SOUTH BEND, IN

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS (fades in, 2.32) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.21) / IT'S MY LIFE (12.01) / THUNDER ROAD (5.52) / SHE'S THE ONE (8.37) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (start cut, 2.27) / BACKSTREETS (9.21) / GROWIN' UP (6.58) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.22) / JUNGLELAND (9.35) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (12.17) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (7.03) / RAISE YOUR HAND (4.01) / THE PROMISE (5.01) / BORN TO RUN (4.46)

Audience tape. "Jungleland" added in from reader who has the full tape. "Something In The Night" has a different arrangement. Also available on LP "It's Only RNR" which also has "Jungleland" on it. Available on CDR 'It's Only Rock 'n' Roll', 'Cashed In Dreams' (Fanatic) & 'Cashed In Dreams (Remastered Edition)' (Fanatic).
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1976-10-10 - MILLETT HALL, MIAMI UNIVERSITY, OXFORD, OH

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN

Audience tape, which runs slow. Available on CDR 'Oxford 76'. The CD 'The Boss Keeps Rockin' Vol 2' (Imtrat) is attributed to this date, however it actually seems to be the (in)famous 1976 soundboard that is currently listed under August 22, 1976. Click the link above to view a set of interesting cuttings from the University's newspaper, The Student.
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1976-10-12 - RUTGERS GYM, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN

Audience tape. Available on CDR 'New Brunswick 76' and now also on 'Shut Out The Lights And Steal Away' which is the full show from best available sources. The original circulating tapes do not include "Growin' Up" and finish with "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
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1976-10-13 - WILKINS THEATRE, KEAN COLLEGE, UNION, NJ

Soundcheck: SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS (total time 12.14)

NIGHT (3.25) / RENDEZVOUS (3.28) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.44) / IT'S MY LIFE (14.50) / THUNDER ROAD (6.11) / SHE'S THE ONE (12.17) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (5.20) / BACKSTREETS (10.57) / GROWIN' UP (edit in story, 7.23) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.43) / JUNGLELAND (10.13) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (12.10) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (7.22) / RAISE YOUR HAND (4.12) / THE PROMISE (5.24) / BORN TO RUN (4.59)

Audience tape available on CDR 'Union 76', which runs slow and seems to suffer from cuts. Subsequently an upgrade surfaced titled 'This Is For The Bad Girls' (Kivak) which has been speed corrected and apparently has no cuts, but still sounds a little slow. Interestingly, during the introduction to "She's The One" Bruce whispers a few lyrics from "Talk To Me", some years before Springsteen and Southside Johnny would record the song in the studio.
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1976-10-16 - WILLIAM & MARY HALL, THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY, WILLIAMSBURG. VA

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN

Audience tape. The scheduled 8pm start was delayed by an hour due to a late soundcheck. Set is identical to the previous four shows. Springsteen slips a few lyrics from "Talk To Me" into the introduction to "She's The One". Click the link above to read an extensive review of the concert in the school newspaper The Flat Hat. An attendee writes (printed on the Richmond Times-Dispatch website): "We all camped out for two days and nights creating our own little world with two dozen others on the William & Mary Hall steps, then in the foyer, to get front and center tickets. We had proxies stand in for us while we went to (some) classes. The night of the concert was totally worth it when Bruce came right down into the audience to us and sang "Jungleland" and joined us in an arm-in-arm group dance."
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1976-10-17 - McDONOUGH ARENA, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, DC

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND

Audience tape. Setlist now more complete, although the tape still misses the final songs, likely to be "The Promise" and "Born To Run", thanks to Steven. Appears to be a radio broadcast or a audience tape faked up to be a radio broadcast.
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1976-10-18 - McDONOUGH ARENA, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, DC

GROWIN' UP (start cut) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / RAISE YOUR HAND / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN

Audience tape of poor quality, which cuts in during "Growin' Up". Incomplete setlist. "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.
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1976-10-22 - THE HANGER, HAZLET, NJ

NEW ORLEANS / DEAR LADY TWIST / TWIST, TWIST, SENORA / SCHOOL IS IN / QUARTER TO THREE

Complete setlist details are not known. There is no known audio. Brucebase has placed the venue as The Hanger in Hazlet on the basis of a newspaper advert from the Red Bank Register on the day of the concert. Previous information suggested the venue was Fat City in Seaside Heights. If you have any more information about this please get in touch. A discreet Springsteen turns up (apparently as just another paying customer) at a gig by one of his early '60s musical favourites, Gary U.S. Bonds. About half way through the show Bruce takes the stage, borrows a guitar and and provides duet-background vocals for the rest of the show. According to Bonds, Bruce played for nearly an hour. This was the first time Springsteen and Bonds had ever met. Afterwards Springsteen invites Bonds to guest at his show on October 29. In an early 1980s interview Bonds commented: “I was playing down along the Jersey shore. One night the owner of the club came over to me during the show and mentioned that Bruce Springsteen was in the audience and wanted to come up and play. Bruce who? I didn’t recognize the name! But the guys in my band did, so I said OK. When I introduced him the place went crazy… and I’m saying to myself, ‘gee, what on earth is happening here’? After the show Bruce gave me an invitation and about a week or so later I sang during one of his shows”.
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1976-10-25 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

NIGHT (2.54) / RENDEZVOUS (2.56) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (5.38) / IT'S MY LIFE (11.36) / THUNDER ROAD (5.18) / SHE'S THE ONE (8.13) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.35) / BACKSTREETS (9.12) / GROWIN' UP (8.01) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) (4.05) / JUNGLELAND (8.45) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) (9.57) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.22) / A FINE, FINE GIRL (with The Miami Horns) (2.43) / RAISE YOUR HAND (with The Miami Horns) (3.45) / THE PROMISE (5.05) / BORN TO RUN (4.35)

Audience tape and soundboard. Show features Bruce’s earliest known cover of the Darlene Love-Phil Spector classic “A Fine, Fine Girl”. "Growin' Up" includes a version of the spaceman story featuring Ed Sciaky. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. This gig has traditionally been noted in books as Springsteen’s first-ever large indoor arena concert as a headliner - however in reality the Springsteen show at Vets Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on September 26 probably deserves that title. This show’s encores were released on the CD boot ‘Arena Rock’ (Palace), which is otherwise primarily the soundboard tape from August 22 show. The complete audience recording is available on CDR as part of the Original Master Series. Nearly 14 minutes of semi-pro color film footage of excerpts of "Jungleland” and “Born To Run” from this show are in circulation and can be found (with rough soundboard audio) on the DVD ‘Bruce Springsteen: 8MM’ (Brucevideos). Click the link above to see some wonderful high resolution photos, courtesy of Cliff Breining.
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1976-10-27 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

NIGHT (2.57) / RENDEZVOUS (2.59) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (5.44) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (9.59) / THUNDER ROAD (5.39) / SHE'S THE ONE (cut, 6.11) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.45) / BACKSTREETS (fades at end, 8.33) / GROWIN' UP (6.15) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.01) / JUNGLELAND (9.03) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.00) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (cut, 6.09) / A FINE, FINE GIRL (2.42) / RAISE YOUR HAND (3.39) / THE PROMISE (5.30) / BORN TO RUN (4.23)

Audience tape and newly surfaced soundboard recording. "Something In The Night" features a rewritten last verse which is never used again, set also features the return of "Incident On 57th Street" to the set. Bruce again slips in a couple of lines from "Talk To Me" during the introduction to "She's The One", as he did on October 13. Audience tape source is available on CD 'Spirit Of '76' and 'There's A Spirit Out There Tonight!' (Kivak Master Series). The soundboard recording is complete except "Backstreets" and "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" - two tracks as indicated are cut, and "Born To Run" is out of sequence as it was the final track. The soundboard recording of the show is also available on a factory pressed two-CD set called 'Home Of The '76ers', released on the Godfather label. This show was originally scheduled for October 26 - according to press reports this was due to Clarence Clemons moving to California and being in transit the day of the show.
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1976-10-28 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

NIGHT (3.12) / RENDEZVOUS (3.14) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.14) / IT'S MY LIFE (13.24) / THUNDER ROAD (5.53) / SHE'S THE ONE (7.35) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.45) / BACKSTREETS (9.25) / GROWIN' UP (6.40) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.17) / JUNGLELAND (9.38) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (12.34) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.56) / A FINE, FINE GIRL (2.51) / RAISE YOUR HAND (3.19) / THE PROMISE (5.22) / BORN TO RUN (4.44)

Audience tape. "Something In The Night" returns to the first version. Available on CDR from the master cassettes as part of the Original Master Series.
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1976-10-29 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

NIGHT (3.11) / RENDEZVOUS (3.21) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.11) / IT’S MY LIFE (14.52) / THUNDER ROAD (5.49) / SHE'S THE ONE (7.27) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.50) / BACKSTREETS (9.47) / GROWIN’ UP (8.31) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.17) / JUNGLELAND (9.35) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (12.45) / QUARTER TO THREE (with Gary U.S. Bonds) (6.28) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.54) / RAISE YOUR HAND (3.43) / THE PROMISE (5.18) / BORN TO RUN (4.33)

Audience tape. “Something In The Night” now arranged into third tour variation, with another rewritten last verse (utilized for the remainder of the tour). Gary U.S. Bonds, whom Bruce had met for the first time a week or so before, guests on a moving “Quarter To Three”. Released on CDR 'Twisting The Night Away' (Red Rose) and also available on CDR from the master cassettes as part of the Original Master Series.
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1976-10-30 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) - LAND OF A 1000 DANCES (with Patti Smith) / A FINE, FINE GIRL / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN

Audience tape. The only ever guest appearance by Patti Smith at a Springsteen concert, on a customized, one-off, arrangement of “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”. Brucebase reader Cliff comments: "I was on the floor taking pictures and saw a commotion in front of the stage… I don't think security knew who Patti Smith was. It took a minute or two before Bruce motioned to let her come up". Patti Smith rants/sings during a special interlude break in “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”, with the horns playing what sounds like the riff to "Shotgun" and Springsteen providing a "Land Of 1000 Dances" chant. Available on CDR from the master cassettes as part of the Original Master Series.
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1976-11-02 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / A FINE, FINE GIRL / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / BORN TO RUN

Audience tape. Final performance of "The Promise" for this tour. Available on CDR 'Just Kids Wasted On' and also available on CDR from the master cassettes as part of the Original Master Series. Additionally remastered as a four-CD set with November 3 as 'Palladium Nights - The Master Series Sources' (Ev2).
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1976-11-03 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

NIGHT (3.02) / RENDEZVOUS (3.11) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.12) / IT'S MY LIFE (12.49) / THUNDER ROAD (5.33) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (cut, 9.25) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.56) / BACKSTREETS (9.15) / GROWIN' UP (10.10) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.07) / JUNGLELAND (9.11) / BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL (0.39) - ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.10) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.32) / A FINE, FINE GIRL (4.06) / BORN TO RUN (4.28)

Audience tape. Last known version of "A Fine Fine Girl", and the premiere of Bo Diddley's "Mona" in a medley with "She's The One". The introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" at this show has a short section of "Be True To Your School". Available on CDR from the master cassettes as part of the "Original Master Series", and remastered on a four-CD set with November 2 as 'Palladium Nights - The Master Series Sources' (Ev2).
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1976-11-04 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

NIGHT (3.07) / RENDEZVOUS (2.58) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.20) / IT'S MY LIFE (12.41) / THUNDER ROAD (5.24) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (6.49) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (with Steve Paraczky) (4.49) / BACKSTREETS (9.56) / GROWIN' UP (8.48) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) (3.57) / JUNGLELAND (8.56) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) (11.39) / BABY, I LOVE YOU (with Ronnie Spector) (2.22) / WALKING IN THE RAIN (with Ronnie Spector) (2.49) / BE MY BABY (with Ronnie Spector) (2.56) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.23) / WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE (with Steve Paraczky) (3.59) / BORN TO RUN (4.24)

Soundboard recording, which is fortunate as this is quite a unique show. Carl D’Errico (co-writer of "It’s My Life") is in the audience and Bruce delivers one of his finest-ever performances of the song. A stunning cover of The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" is also featured. To top it off Ronnie Spector guests on three of her most famous Ronettes-era hits, all given inspired arrangements by the E Street Band. A pre-show bomb hoax results in Bruce jokingly asking the audience to look under their seats. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. Originally released on boot vinyl LP 'Last Night In New York' (which has Bruce’s bomb scare rap intact) and more recently released on the CDRs 'We Gotta Get Outta This Place' or 'A Streak Of Light Through The Tunnel' and CD 'Paid The Cost To Be The Boss' (unknown label). In August 2011 a upgraded version of the second set emerged which does not dip in quality after "Jungleland", unlike all previous releases.
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End of the first leg of "The Lawsuit" tour


1976-11-06 - RADIO STATION WNEW-FM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Bruce went up to WNEW-FM studios in New York the Saturday following his Palladium shows to sit in with DJ Richard Neer. It was an interview with Bruce picking out some records to play. The interview was very topical; reference was made to Bruce shaving his beard, wearing a suit at some performances, Clarence appearing in "New York, New York" etc. Neer also asked Bruce if he would ever play larger venues and Bruce mentions the shows at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. They also talk a bit about Jon Landau which segues into the fact that Landau produced Jackson Browne's "The Pretender" which was released that week and Neer plays a cut from that. Studio cuts were sequed into Bruce songs; "Bo Diddley" into "She's The One", "Mona" into "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City". Thanks to Riccardo for the info.
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1976-11-07 - THE D’ERRICO RESIDENCE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

IT’S MY LIFE

Bruce visits songwriter Carl D’Errico for a home-cooked dinner and a little impromptu jamming. Carl (co-writer of The Animals’ 1965 hit “It’s My Life”), along with his wife Didi, had been VIP guests at Bruce’s November 4th Palladium gig, where Bruce had mentioned D’Errico to the audience prior to performing the song (it being a regular inclusion in Springsteen concerts at the time). According to interview comments by D’Errico, he and Bruce played a few things together when Bruce visited, including an acoustic rendition of “It's My Life”.
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1976-11-26 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Early Show: MY CAR WAS INVISIBLE / CASE OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN / PICTURE HANGING BLUES / WE'RE GONNA HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME TOGETHER / YOU CAN DIG IT

Late Show: LAND / FREE MONEY / YOU CAN DIG IT / AIN'T IT STRANGE / GLORIA / MY GENERATION

Audience tapes of both shows. With Patti Smith. Bruce plays piano or guitar on all these tracks, a mixture of spoken word, poems and songs. A fan present recalls "Bruce mostly played guitar since John Cale was on piano for most songs. A few of my photos do show Bruce at the piano however." An audience tape of the early show is available on CDR 'We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together' (Original Master Series), while the late show is available on CDR 'You Can Dig It' (Original Master Series). Both are transferred from the master cassettes.
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1976-12-00 - CBS STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Sessions for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes’ work-in-progress second album This Time It’s For Real (released in May 1977). Produced and arranged by Steve Van Zandt. Springsteen attended some of these December 1976-January 1977 sessions. According to Steve Van Zandt the two new Springsteen-Van Zandt co-authored songs (“Love On The Wrong Side Of Town” and “Little Girl So Fine”) were written, at least in part, during the times Bruce attended these sessions. Springsteen may possibly have participated musically during some demo recordings but he is not found on any of the recordings ultimately issued on the album.
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