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1967-01-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-01-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-02-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-02-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-03-10 - HULLABALOO, MIDDLETOWN, NJ

No set details known. One show, with The Castiles the sole act on the bill.
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1967-03-18 - THE CAGE, MIDDLETOWN, NJ

No set details known. One show, with The Castiles the sole act on the bill.
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1967-03-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-03-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-04-00 - ST. ROSE OF LIMA SCHOOL, FREEHOLD, NJ

No set details known. The Castiles perform at a Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) dance for high school aged teens held in the cafeteria of Springsteen’s Elementary-Jr High School, where he had graduated in May 1963.

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1967-04-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-04-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-05-00 - HOWELL HIGH SCHOOL, HOWELL, NJ

No set details known. One show, with the The Castiles performing at a school dance.

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1967-05-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-05-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-06-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-06-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-06-09 - FREEHOLD REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, FREEHOLD, NJ

No set details known. One show, with The Castiles playing the 'Senior Farewell Dance'. All the band members (except for Bobby Alfano, who had one more year to go) were graduating in 1967. The official graduation ceremony took place on June 19th, although apparently Springsteen didn’t attend and picked up his diploma later.
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1967-07-02 - SEE 'N' SURF CLUB, SEA BRIGHT, NJ

No set details known. One show, a WMCA-AM 'Good Guy' Special, held on the Club's 1st birthday. The Castiles were the featured local act. This was the 3rd WMCA Spectacular, they had also played at the first two WMCA events at the club in July and August 1966 (see listings for details). The See 'n' Surf Club had changed its name in spring 1967, it had previously been called the Surf 'n' See Club.
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1967-07-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-07-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-07-26 - CAMP ARROWHEAD, MARLBORO, NJ

No set details known, One show, with The Castiles the sole act on the bill. Billed as 'the YMCA summer teen swim party and dance', with a pool party from 6pm-8pm and then Bruce and the boys performing from 8pm-11pm.This the second in a series of four concerts - The Castiles only performed at one. Two adverts exist for this show and both list different dates - the one nearest the show lists it as July 25th.
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1967-08-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. Castiles leader George Theiss has mentioned to Brucebase that sometime in 1967, during one of the Café Wha? gigs, The Castiles were professionally recorded and filmed performing their set by a South African film crew who were in New York producing a documentary on the Café Wha?/Village music scene. This was the only professional film footage of the band ever shot (no amateur footage is known). The name of the South African film company and/or its documentary and what, if any, footage of The Castiles may have been in the documentary, or may survive elsewhere, is unknown.
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1967-08-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-08-00 - PRIVATE PROPERTY, HOWELL, NJ

No set details known. One daytime show, with The Castiles the sole act and performing at a 'beer/keg' party held in an open field on private property in the Freewood Acres area of Howell Township. An attendee has recalled to Brucebase that this was a very large party that swelled to well over 500 people at one point. Castiles member George Theiss has also recalled/confirmed this gig.

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1967-08-12 - SEE 'N' SURF CLUB, SEA BRIGHT, NJ

No set details known. One (afternoon) show with The Castiles headlining. Following this gig Springsteen, along with a couple of members of The Castiles, attend an evening Blues Magoos - The Who - Herman's Hermits triple bill concert at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. Bruce attended specifically to check out The Who, as this was the band’s long-delayed, much-anticipated first national U.S.A. tour, incredibly they were an undercard to the Hermits! Bruce has mentioned in interview that this was the first time he’d ever seen 'name' artists perform live in concert.
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1967-09-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-09-16 - THE LEFT FOOT, FREEHOLD, NJ

First set: FIRE (4:23) / SEE MY FRIENDS (4:31) / CATCH THE WIND (5:38) / OMAHA (2:51) / STEVE'S SONG (4:42) / JEFF'S BOOGIE (2:29)

Second set: PURPLE HAZE (4:27) / GET OUT OF MY LIFE, WOMAN (cut, 1:10) / HOLD ON, I'M COMIN' (5:41) / YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY THE COVER (4:25) / ELEANOR RIGBY (6:46) / SUZANNE (cut, 4:11) / JEFF'S BOOGIE (2:51)

One show, double bill, with Purpul Dyneste opening and The Castiles headlining. Each band played two thirty-minute sets. This was grand opening night at The Left Foot, an "over 13, under 18" club located in the recreation centre of St Peter's Episcopal Church at 37 Throckmorton Street. The club was opened by Reverend George Errickson and Reverend Fred Coleman, along with two High School students, Harold Breiner and William Cottrell. Patrons sat on cushions. Sadly The Left Foot had a short existence (seven months). This was the first of only two live appearances by The Castiles at the club - fortunately both appearances were audience recorded by Left Foot Manager (and St Peter’s priest) Fred Coleman on a good quality reel-to reel device.

The above-mentioned thirteen-song setlist represents The Castiles’ complete song performance in the correct sequence and they are all covers of other artists’ material. The inspiration for often-covered “Get Out Of My Life, Woman” was the Paul Butterfield Blues Band version. Similarly the inspiration for Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” was the 1966 Judy Collins recording. Although Springsteen may have started out in mid-1965 singing mostly background vocals, it is clear that by this point Bruce is the band’s focal point. Bruce handles the lead vocals on all songs except “Eleanor Rigby”, The Kinks “See My Friends” and The Blues Project’s haunting “Steve’s Song” (all handled by George Theiss). Tex Vinyard, The Castiles’ manager, is heard introducing the band at the start of the second set. Interestingly the group uses The Yardbirds' instrumental “Jeff’s Boogie” twice, as both the first set closer and show closer.

The entire performance can be found by combining tracks three to eight on the CD boot 'The Bruce Springsteen Story, Vol 2' (E Street Records) with tracks one to seven on the CD boot 'The Bruce Springsteen Story, Vol 1' (E Street Records). The session details on this CD are not accurate. This bootlegger used a rough downstream generation source tape (running slower than the correct speed and with numerous short edits) and the sound quality is (at best) only fair. Two of the songs heard in the audio are cut prematurely, a flaw in the original master recording, not in later copying. However the sound quality of the original master tape (which does not readily circulate) is dramatically better (very good), with the vocals up front in the mix and good instrument separation.

A recording of Wille Dixon's "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover" will be officially released on September 23, 2016 on Chapter & Verse, the companion album to Springsteen's autobiography Born To Run.
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1967-09-22 - WEST FREEHOLD SCHOOL, FREEHOLD, NJ

No set details known. One show, with The Castiles performing at an organizational rally dance sponsored by the Freehold Board of Recreation. The rally was an attempt by some enterprising kids to start another teen club in the area. The news clipping is from the 21/9/67 edition of the ‘Asbury Park Press’.
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1967-09-30 - THE LEFT FOOT, FREEHOLD, NJ

CIRCUS MARCH (cut, 0:08) / ONE BY ONE (2:56) / THE LETTER (2:19) / MR. JONES (3:22) / SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS (3:54) / OMAHA (2:49) / HEY JOE (cut, 1:53) / MY GENERATION (2:50) / LOOK INTO MY WINDOW (cut, 1:49) / WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS - WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL (cut, 1:19) / WAKE ME, SHAKE ME (cut, 1:12) / MORNING DEW / Springsteen announcements (cut, 0:18) / TO LOVE SOMEBODY (cut, 0:13)

One show, double bill, with The Castiles headlining. This was the band’s second gig at the club (see September 16). The above-mentioned 13-song setlist represents The Castiles’ complete performance at this show, in the correct song sequence. George Theiss takes the lead vocal on “With A Little Help From My Friends”, “San Franciscan Nights” and “The Letter”. The former incorporates a brief instrumental rendition of “Winchester Cathedral” at the end. There were also two original compositions performed at this show. Bruce sings lead on “Mr Jones”, written by organist Bob Alfano. There is also a Springsteen/Theiss creation, “Look Into My Window”, with shared vocals. At one point Bruce calls for requests and someone shouts for “Sidewalk”, a Springsteen creation from 1965, however the band plays “San Franciscan Nights” instead. Besides the ancient traditional instrumental “Circus March”, other titles (with Springsteen lead vocals) include “Hey Joe”, “My Generation”, The Coasters’ “Wake Me Shake Me” and the evening’s encore, The Bee Gees “To Love Somebody”. This was The Castiles’ final appearance at The Left Foot. Although having only opened in September 1967, The Left Foot’s popularity dropped dramatically in March 1968 when the larger, trendier Freehold Hullabaloo club opened nearby. The Left Foot closed for good in April 1968.

As was the case two weeks earlier, St Peter’s priest Fred Coleman made an audience recording of the festivities. However the recorder was positioned in a different spot, so the recording did not come out as well as the first show. Unfortunately, one song was not recorded (a Springsteen vocal rendition of The Grateful Dead’s arrangement of the Tim Rose/Bonnie Dobson classic “Morning Dew”) and only very brief snippets of six of the other songs were captured. Consequently (and in contrast to the earlier show) only 26 minutes of the band’s 60-minute performance exists on the original master tape. Most of this show’s recorded audio (minus “Circus March”, “Wake Me, Shake Me”, the Springsteen announcements and “To Love Somebody”) can be found as tracks eight to sixteen on the CD boot 'The Bruce Springsteen Story, Vol 1' (E St). The session details on this CD are not accurate. This bootlegger used a rough downstream generation source tape (running slower than the correct speed) and therefore the sound quality is poor. The sound quality of the original master tape (which does not readily circulate) is considerably better (good), although not as nice as the master tape of the September 16, 1967 show.
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1967-10-00 - CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY, LINCROFT, NJ

No set details known. The Castiles perform at a school dance mixer. Also playing here at a different gig in October or November was Springsteen’s future Steel Mill and E Street Band colleague Danny Federici and his band The Story Tellers (who’d released a single, “Cry To Me / Little Boy Sad”, on the Trystero label earlier in the year).
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1967-10-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-10-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-10-07 - MIDDLETOWN COMMUNITY CENTER, MIDDLETOWN, NJ

No set details known. One show (8pm to 11:30pm), triple bill, with the Castiles, The Shadows and The Ascots doing battle in a 'band wars' competition. Judging from the length of the show, each band must’ve performed for about an hour.
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1967-11-00 - FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FREEHOLD, NJ

No set details known. The date of this show is unknown and it may have taken place as late as mid-1968. However, it appears that photographs may show Paul Popkin wearing a poppy. The poppy is worn in America at the beginning of November, whilst Castiles bandmate Bart Haynes had died only days before, making this date entirely feasible. Springsteen can be seen playing a Fender Telecaster guitar in two of the photographs, the earliest known shots of Bruce with a Fender guitar.
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1967-11-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-11-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-11-24 - FREEHOLD REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, FREEHOLD, NJ

No set details known. One show, put on by the school’s cheerleaders, with The Castiles the sole act on the bill. Although the year is not visible on the ticket stub the 'Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie' song / theme title dates this dance to 1967.
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1967-12-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
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1967-12-00 - CAFÉ WHA?, NEW YORK CITY, NY

No set details known. A typical Castiles performance would be on one of the weekend afternoons, with the band sharing the bill with one or two other bands.
Please click for an extensive overview of The Castiles’ history at this club.

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1967-12-22 - OCEAN SIDE SURF CLUB, SEA BRIGHT, NJ

No set details known. One show, double bill, with The Castiles opening for out-of-town headliners The Broadways. The Ocean Side Surf Club was merely the new name for the former See 'n' Surf Club whose name was changed in November 1967.
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1967-12-27 - LE TEENDEZVOUS, NEW SHREWSBURY, NJ

ELEANOR RIGBY / (WE AIN'T GOT) NOTHIN' YET / BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) / THE END

One show, with The Castiles the sole act on the bill. On account of school vacation this was an unusual Wednesday night booking at the club. No confirmed setlist known from this particular show, but the four songs listed above are known to have been performed by The Castiles at a Le Teendezvous gig some time in late 1967. The four known songs include a cover of Vanilla Fudge's version of "Eleanor Rigby", Blues Magoos' "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" and The Doors' "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" and "The End".
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