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1977-01-00 - CBS STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD

In January, with “Sugar” Miami Steve producing, Bruce joins (on acoustic guitar) for the recording of "Say Goodbye To Hollywood", a Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band single. It was released in April 1977. Bruce’s involvement on the recording was uncredited due to litigation taking place at the time with Mike Appel. However both Van Zandt and Spector have subsequently verified his performance on the recording. Bruce did not perform on the single’s b-side, "Baby Please Don’t Go". Spector did, however, confirm in a 1999 interview that several additional songs (titles undocumented), with Bruce taking a major role, were completed at these sessions - intended for a possible album release that never came to fruition. Spector noted that Springsteen has those unissued recordings.
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1977-01-22 - THE JAIL, HILLSDALE, NJ

CAROL / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)

Springsteen makes a guest appearance with local band Pegasus (Joe Murray (guitar, vocals), Rob Lange (guitar, vocals), Ted Schoenherr (bass, vocals) and Tom Sontag (drums)). A friend of Bruce’s (Matty Delia) managed the band. Max Weinberg also sat in with the band on a couple of different nights. Bruce turned up (but did not perform) at other Pegasus gigs during the period, including one at The Jail on May 21, 1977.

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Continuation of "The Lawsuit" tour


1977-02-07 - PALACE THEATRE, ALBANY, NY

ACTION IN THE STREETS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THE PROMISE / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / BACKSTREETS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / BORN TO RUN

The opening night of the very exciting but quite brief (only 33 shows), second leg of the Lawsuit Tour. Most of the setlist for this show is known courtesy of a gig review that appeared in the following day’s Albany paper. There were three or four additional songs played that are not listed above, as they were not articulated in the review. "The Promise" was performed in its piano-solo incarnation. This show included the live debut of the Springsteen-composed "Action In The Streets", which interestingly the reviewer implies actually began this show, although the precise performing order of the overall setlist is uncertain. A contributor to the Greasy Lake website recalls "Spirit In The Night": "What I remember most is Bruce appearing in the audience during "Spirit In the Night." Jumping off the stage into the crowd, body surfing over the crowd decades before the mosh pits of the grunge era".

There is no known audio.
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1977-02-08 - AUDITORIUM THEATRE, ROCHESTER, NY

Soundcheck: DON'T LOOK BACK (instrumental) / THUNDER ROAD (instrumental) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / DON'T LOOK BACK / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT

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

For the second leg of the tour "Something In The Night" features slightly revised lyrics and a new arrangement. "Backstreets" includes a monologue-styled middle section that will evolve and expand for the remainder of the tour. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.

Audience tape, including soundcheck and the complete show.
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1977-02-09 - KLEINHANS MUSIC HALL, BUFFALO, NY

SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / MONA - SHE’S THE ONE / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN

A very partial setlist (above) is known courtesy of gig reviews that appeared in the following day’s Buffalo papers. With a reported length of only about 1 hour and 40 minutes this would be one of the shorter shows of the era. A contributor to the Greasy Lake website notes "Concert started very late because Buffalo had been hit by an epic blizzard about a week before, and some roads were still pretty bad. Opened with "Something in the Night" (keep in mind, this was before Darkness On The Edge Of Town had been released.) Bruce played a relatively short set, without an intermission. Rumor was that he was not feeling well that night. Still an amazing, high energy show, even if it was a bit shorter." Another attendee mentions that Clarence was all in white, and Bruce entering the crowd during "Spirit In The Night".

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1977-02-10 - MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, UTICA, NY

SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE

Nearly all of the setlist for this show is known via gig reviews that appeared in the following day's Albany papers. There may be two or three additional songs played that are not listed above, as they were not articulated in reviews or the partial set list from a fan present on the night.

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1977-02-12 - OTTAWA CIVIC CENTRE, OTTAWA, ON

SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD

"Thunder Road" is also noted as having been played in the Ottawa Citizen. The concert was 90 minutes long, plus three encores. The Civic Centre was not full, about 1,000 short of the 6,000 capacity. First ever performances in Canada of "Something In The Night", "Rendezvous", and "It's My Life".

Audience tape - incomplete, comprising only the first three songs listed above.
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1977-02-13 - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, TORONTO, ON

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / GROWIN' UP / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / RAISE YOUR HAND (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN

Great show with a particularly good "It's My Life". Set features the first "Growin' Up" of the 1977 tour and the last recorded version of "Raise Your Hand" for the year. This is the first known show with an intermission. You can hear Bruce say after "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out", "We're gonna take a short break and we'll be back." "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. The pass (view by clicking on link above) indicates that either this show was rescheduled from February 10 or is dated incorrectly. First confirmed performances in Canada of "Night", "Growin' Up", "Action In The Streets", and "Raise Your Hand".

Audience tape of excellent quality released on CD 'Soul Crusaders' (ES) and remastered in improved quality as 'No Trouble In Receiver' (Ev2). Later released in June 2015 in upgraded quality via JEMS' 'Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Volume Six' directly from the master tapes (tapeboy).
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1977-02-15 - MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE, DETROIT, MI

SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / DETROIT MEDLEY / BORN TO RUN / RAISE YOUR HAND (with The Miami Horns)

Fifteen-song set features the only 1977 performance of "Detroit Medley" and the last "Something In The Night" in the show opening slot. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. The Michigan Daily noted that "Raise Your Hand" was played with Bruce in the crowd, just as in "Spirit In The Night". "Raise Your Hand" does not appear on the audience tape, interestingly, the taper was on the main floor and states he would not have left before the end of the show after taping Bruce multiple times, he does not feel "Raise Your Hand" was played. Some sources say that Springsteen didn't want to go on stage tonight, however his quote actually emanates from the October 4, 1975 show in the same city.

Audience tape released on CD 'Masonic Temple' (Joker), CDR 'The Devil In Detroit', and in August 2015 from the master cassettes on JEMS' 'Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Volume Seven' (tapeboy). The sound quality of the latter is a substantial upgrade over the older releases.
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1977-02-16 - VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, COLUMBUS, OH

SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN

The partial setlist above is gleaned from a review in the Columbus Dispatch. According to the article Springsteen and Band played for nearly two hours, with ten songs in the main set including four not on record. These four are likely to be "Something In The Night", "Rendezvous", "Action In The Streets" and possibly "The Promise". "Born To Run" was the final song.

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1977-02-17 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BABY, I LOVE YOU (with Ronnie Spector and Flo and Eddie) / WALKING IN THE RAIN (with Ronnie Spector and Flo and Eddie) / SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD (with Ronnie Spector and Flo and Eddie) / BE MY BABY (with Ronnie Spector and Flo and Eddie) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

Magical show, with Ronnie Spector, along with Flo and Eddie, as unadvertised guests on four songs; three classics from her Ronettes period plus her about-to-be-released single "Say Goodbye To Hollywood", the studio version of which had been recorded with Bruce & The E Street Band just a few weeks earlier (with Miami Steve producing).

Audience tape. Two recording sources circulate, the complete show is available on CDR 'Say Goodbye To Hollywood', while just the four tracks with Ronnie Spector can also be found on CD 'Action In The Streets' (Unbelievable Music). A second high quality source entered into wide circulation in February 2015 (JEMS) as 'Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Volume One'. This second recording is the so called "official audience recording" recorded by the sound crew using open air mics. Four songs are missing from this recording, a patched version using a low generation source of the first source is available.
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1977-02-19 - ST. PAUL CIVIC CENTER THEATRE, ST. PAUL, MN

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. This concert took place in the approximately 3,000-seat Civic Center Theatre. When Springsteen returns to St Paul in 1978, 1980 and 1984 he will perform in the larger 15,000-seat Civic Center Arena, part of the larger Civic Center complex.

Audience tape available on CDR ‘And The Rain Came Tumblin' Down'. Excellent quality. Nearly 45 minutes of Super-8 colour film footage of this show is in circulation, encompassing (mostly) excerpts of eleven of the shows thirteen songs (there is no film of "Action In The Streets" or "Quarter To Three"). The film excerpts have been dubbed with the excellent audience tape and are available on the DVD ‘Bruce Springsteen: 8MM’ (Brucevideos Productions).
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1977-02-20 - DANE COUNTY MEMORIAL COLISEUM, MADISON, WI

No details known.
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1977-02-22 - MILWAUKEE AUDITORIUM, MILWAUKEE, WI

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

First time that the band return to Milwaukee, site of the famous "bomb scare" concert of 1975, so there are constant references to that show throughout. Different venue however, the 1975 show took place at the Uptown Theater. First confirmed performance of the "wishing that God would send some angels" segment of the "Backstreets" interlude. Bruce would use the same phrase in two other songs, "The Fast Song" and some variants of "Something In The Night". "Backstreets" now clocks in at over twelve minutes, and will continue to expand as the tour progresses. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.

Audience tape released on CD 'Action In The Streets' (Unbelievable Music), 'Milwaukee 1977' (None Listed) and 'Will The Real Bruce...' (Real Live). There is a remaster of the 'Unbelievable Music' bootleg which is a huge upgrade in sound - 'The Return To Bombscare Arena', Ev2. A further upgrade was released in 2015 as 'Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Volume Three' (JEMS), the third in a series of so-called "official audience recordings" that were recorded by the sound crew.
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1977-02-23 - AUDITORIUM THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / THE PROMISE / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. "The Promise" returns to the set, last played at the second show of the tour. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder attended this show, aged just 12.

Audience tape available on CDR 'The Windy City Promise'.
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1977-02-25 - EDWARD C. ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC, PURDUE UNIVERSITY, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE

Incomplete setlist compiled from the recollections of fans present and a news review of the show in the Purdue Exponent. The night's proceedings began an hour late due to a piano being tuned. Scott was in the audience tonight, and he writes: "I was at the show in the third row, right hand side. It is farther back than normal third row seats because at the Elliott Hall of Music there was an orchestra pit in front of the stage. During "Spirit in the Night" he jumped into the pit, popped his head up to watch the band before crowd surfing on the left hand side. Only about 3000 of the 6000 available tickets were sold, but by the end of the show, everyone came down from the two balconies and the place was going nuts. The Hall was built for music and the sound was incredible." Scott also provided Brucebase with a great photo of Bruce and the band with the Miami Horns that you can see by clicking on the date/location link above.

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1977-02-26 - INDIANA CONVENTION CENTER, INDIANAPOLIS, IN

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / THE PROMISE / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

The 14-song setlist above may comprise the complete show and is compiled from the tape and newspaper reviews. The audience tape is comprised of nine songs and lacks the first four songs above, as well as "The Promise". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Mickey's Monkey".

Audience tape, incomplete.
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1977-02-27 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE’S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / ACTION IN THE STREETS / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE

Not confirmed that there is an actual recording from this show. A contributor to the Greasy Lake website recalls "Night" as the opener, as well as "It's My Life", "Mona - She's The One", and "Quarter To Three". Apparently Bruce drew less than 5,000 to the Riverfront, an arena that can hold many more.

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1977-02-28 - FOX THEATRE, ST. LOUIS, MO

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes Steve playing a snippet of "The Godfather Love Theme" after he is introduced and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.

Audience tape available on CDR (Unbooted). Recorded with open mics by the sound crew and released as 'Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Two' (JEMS), the second in a series of so-called "official audience recordings". Also issued on CDR 'Wild Fox Evening' (Masterpiece).
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1977-03-02 - CIVIC CENTER AUDITORIUM, ATLANTA, GA

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / QUARTER TO THREE

Setlist from a fan present who made detailed notes at the time and corroborated by a review in the Red & Black, student newspaper of the University of Georgia. "Growin' Up" contains the spaceman story.

There is no known tape of this show.
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1977-03-04 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM, JACKSONVILLE, FL

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

Show includes a particularly fine "Backstreets", including the "...wishing that God would send some angels and blow this whole town right into the sea" lines in the interlude. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes Steve playing a snippet of "The Godfather Love Theme" after he is introduced and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.

Audience tape - incomplete (cutting during "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", but the quality is remarkable for the time. Released on CD 'Jacksonville (& My Father's Place)' (Midnight Beat) and CDR remaster 'Talk It In Our Hearts' (Ev2).

Upon close examination of the audience recording of the March 6, 1977 show at Jai Alai Fronton in Miami, FL it has been discovered it is the exact same recording as 'Jacksonville (& My Father's Place)'. The evidence we have strongly suggests that the recording actually dates from March 6, and therefore no audio circulates from March 4 in Jacksonville. The tapes used for the recent JEMS Archive release of March 6 were obtained in the 80s, pre-dating the 1996 release of 'Jacksonville (& My Father's Place). Unfortunately the taper of this fine recording, John Tsalikes, passed away in 2003. However, if you ever traded either March 4 or March 6 with John or can shed some light on this issue, please get in touch with us.
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1977-03-05 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, ORLANDO, FL

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "The Godfather Love Theme" after Steve is introduced and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.

Audience tape. Released on CD 'Everything's' Alright' (Real Thing) as well as a first generation tape transfer (mjk5510).
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1977-03-06 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, MIAMI, FL

NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (end cut, with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

Incomplete setlist (probably only missing "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)") includes the final "Rendezvous" of the 1977 tour. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "The Godfather Love Theme" after Steve is introduced and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.

Audience tape available as Volume 10 of 'Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited' (JEMS). This tape cuts during "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" and is missing the entire encore.
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1977-03-10 - SPORTS ARENA, TOLEDO, OH

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (with Steve Paraczky) / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN' UP / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / JUNGLELAND / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

Premiere of "Don't Look Back", an embryonic rendition with many lyrics not found in later versions. "Something In The Night" returns to the set with a trumpet intro. First 1977 show known to not include "It's My Life". "She's The One" is dedicated to the Cleveland Boys. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. Uniquely for this tour, "Jungleland" is played in the encores with "Growin' Up" replacing it in the post-"Backstreets" slot.

Audience tape available from the JEMS masters as 'Lovers Run Into The Night', Volume Nine of 'Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited (tapeboy). Also available in lower quality on CDR 'At Toledo'.
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1977-03-11 - GYMNASIUM, SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE, LATROBE, PA

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (with Steve Paraczky) / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns) / TWIST AND SHOUT - FARMER JOHN (with The Miami Horns)

"Something In The Night" once again replaces "It's My Life". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes Steve playing a snippet of "The Godfather Love Theme" after he is introduced and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. "Twist and Shout" includes a brief and unique version of "Farmer John".

Audience tape available on CDR 'Latrobe 77'.
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1977-03-13 - TOWSON CENTER, TOWSON STATE UNIVERSITY, TOWSON, MD

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. The Towson Center seats 5,250.

Audience tape. Two recording sources circulate with the first one identifiable by cuts in "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". This recording source was taped by Springsteen's sound crew with open air mics. A low generation version was released via the JEMS Archive in April 2015 as 'Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Volume Four'. The cuts to the aforementioned songs are patched with the second source that entered into general circulation in November 2013. This tape has a cut in "Backstreets" but has been patched to complete the song.
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1977-03-14 - MID-HUDSON CIVIC CENTER, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (with Steve Paraczky) / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

Final "Something In The Night" for the tour. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a sung intro and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.

Audience tape available on CDR 'Poughkeepsie 77' and 'Are You Alive?' (Fanatic) from the Kivak Master Series.
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1977-03-15 - BROOME COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA, BINGHAMTON, NY

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. A contributor to the Greasy Lake website recalls that Southside Johnny was a guest on stage, but this can't be confirmed.

Audience tape. Two recording sources are known, an upgrade from a first generation tape has entered circulation via JEMS Archive as 'Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Volume Eight'. A second source, part of the so-called "official audience recordings" recorded by the crew with open air mics was released via JEMS archive as "Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Volume Eleven". This recording is incomplete and features the first 10 songs.
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1977-03-18 - NEW HAVEN VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, NEW HAVEN, CT

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.

Audience tapes, two recording sources are known. The first is available on CDR 'Action On The Streets Of New Haven' (Fanatic) from the Original Master Series. A second source of excellent quality recorded by the sound crew, missing the first two and a half songs, is available from the JEMS Archive, released in May 2015 as 'Nothing To Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Volume Five' and is sourced from a low generation cassette. The remarkable version of "Backstreets" is complete on this tape, but cut on 'Action On the Streets Of New Haven'. There is also a small edit in "She's The One", which is patched with Fanatic's recording.
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1977-03-19 - CENTRAL MAINE YOUTH CENTER, LEWISTON, ME

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

The first Springsteen gig in the state of Maine since fall 1973. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a couple lines from "Be-Bop-A-Lula" as an introduction and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. Author Stephen King attended this show.

Audience tape, only fairly recently circulating among collectors and available on CDR 'Magic In The Night' as well as directly from the master tapes (Joe Maloney). This is the complete show.
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1977-03-20 - ALUMNI HALL, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE, PROVIDENCE, RI

NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / THE PROMISE / YOU CAN’T SIT DOWN

A sellout, held in Providence College's 3,400-seat Alumni Hall. The incomplete setlist details above (missing perhaps two or three songs, but including the final four) are known from reviews of the show in The Cowl (the school newspaper) and The New Paper (a Providence local) along with the recollections of an attendee. Read the full review in The Cowl by clicking the link above. Set features all of Born To Run with the exception of "Meeting Across The River". Bob Walsh was at the show, and particularly remembers "Spirit In The Night", with Bruce jumping off the stage and dancing up the centre aisle. Note: the student reviewer mistakenly identifies the final song of the night as a cover of The Belmonts “Burnt”. However there is no such song by The Belmonts (or anyone else) and it is highly likely that this was The Dovells' "You Can’t Sit Down". The New Paper claims "Sha-La-La" was played, but this is also somewhat improbable since it'd previously only been played in 1975. The reviewer was writing in 1978, and may have been confusing tonight with the 1975 concert at Providence's Palace Theatre, where "Sha-La-La" was performed.

There is no known audio.
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1977-03-22 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / THE PROMISE / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (with The Miami Horns)

First show of the famous Boston stand. Features "You Can't Sit Down" as the final encore, and the last performances of "It's My Life" and "The Promise" of 1977. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection, plus Roy playing a bit of "Hail To The Chief" during the band introductions.

Audience tape available on CDR 'The Promise In Boston', CD 'Promise Into The Darkness' (Mainstream Records) and in superior quality from Steve Hopkins' master via JEMS. This transfer can also be found on CD 'Are You Ready For The King Of The World?' (Godfather) and as part of the six-CDR set 'Legends From The Music Hall' (unknown label), which also includes Bruce's sets from March 23 and 24.
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1977-03-23 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns) / LITTLE LATIN LUPE LU (with The Miami Horns) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (with The Miami Horns)

Second night in Boston and another fine show - "Incident On 57th Street" replaces "It's My Life" and works so well it is retained for the final two shows. The Righteous Brothers' "Little Latin Lupe Lu" is played for the first time. "Growin' Up" includes the spaceman story. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection, plus Roy playing a bit of "Hail To The Chief" during the band introductions. You can view Peter Howes' fantastic photos by clicking on the link above.

Audience tape available on CDR 'Are You Prepared For A Heart Attack' and 'Incident In Boston' (Ev2). A 2012 JEMS transfer from Steve Hopkins' master tapes is also available - the sound is a revelation, and a must-listen. This transfer can also be found on CD 'Are You Hanging Loose?' (Godfather) and as part of the six-CDR set 'Legends From The Music Hall' (unknown label), which also includes Bruce's sets from March 22 and 24.
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1977-03-24 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns) / LITTLE LATIN LUPE LU (with The Miami Horns) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (with The Miami Horns) / (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER (with The Miami Horns)

The show features "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" and the first known Springsteen version of Jackie Wilson's 1967 hit "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher". "Growin' Up" features the gypsy lady version of the story of the wishes. Bruce sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", which also features a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. There are some great photos available that you can view by clicking on the link above.

Audience tape released on CD 'Running Into The Darkness' (E Street Records) and 'Higher And Higher' (Doberman). A 2012 JEMS transfer from Steve Hopkins' master tapes is also available - the sound quality is remarkable. This transfer can also be found on CD 'Are You Ready To Step Out?' (Godfather) and as part of the six-CDR set 'Legends From The Music Hall' (unknown label), which also includes Bruce's sets from March 22 and 23.
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1977-03-25 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA

NIGHT / DON'T LOOK BACK / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Miami Horns) / ACTION IN THE STREETS (with The Miami Horns) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns) / LITTLE LATIN LUPE LU (with The Miami Horns) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (with The Miami Horns) / (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER (with The Miami Horns)

Final night of the tour, and a contender for one of the best ever with Bruce in inspired form. Last ever "Action In The Streets" (apart from a 2011 club performance) and last "Don't Look Back" for a long time (1999). Final E Street Band version of "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher" until 2009. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes the Miami Horns playing a snippet of "Auld Lang Syne" in the band introductions and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher" includes a brief snippet of "I Don't Want To Go Home". A fan recalls "I saw the last three shows and they were definitely as good as it gets. We had no idea that Bruce was close to settling his legal problems, but it was clear that these were special. I remember March 24 as being the hottest show but that may just be that it was the first one that featured "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher", both showstoppers."

Audience tape released on CDs 'Forced To Confess' (Great Dane), 'Higher And Higher' (Doberman), 'Stranded In The Park' (RCR), 'From The Dark Heart Of A Dream' (Godfather) and JEMS' 'Are You Ready For The Final Moment'. The latter is the best quality, transferred from Steve Hopkins' master tapes. This transfer can also be found on CD 'Are You Ready For The Final Moments?' (Godfather).
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End of "The Lawsuit" Tour


1977-04-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

THE FEVER / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME / YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME / HAVING A PARTY

Bruce guests with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes.

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1977-05-12 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ

THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL / GOT TO GET YOU OFF MY MIND / WITHOUT LOVE / SHE GOT ME WHERE SHE WANTS ME / LOVE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF TOWN / LITTLE BY LITTLE / IT AIN'T THE MEAT (IT'S THE MOTION) / WHEN YOU DANCE / BABY, I LOVE YOU (with Ronnie Spector) / WALKING IN THE RAIN (with Ronnie Spector) / SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD (with Ronnie Spector) / BE MY BABY (with Ronnie Spector) / THE FEVER / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME / HAVING A PARTY / YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME (with Ronnie Spector) / THUNDER ROAD / RENDEZVOUS / BACKSTREETS / BORN TO RUN

The setlist above is the complete show. Two concerts tonight were originally scheduled (along with the two shows the following night) as regular Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes gigs. However Southside became ill (suffering from a recurring throat ailment) and couldn’t perform so Steve Van Zandt came to the rescue by organizing The Asbury Park All-Star Revue - a combination of The Asbury Jukes, The E Street Band, Ronnie Spector and Springsteen. Due to Southside's illness and a lack of time for Van Zandt to prepare to lead, tonight's two shows were rearranged into a single concert starting at midnight. Van Zandt was the lead vocalist (with Bruce on guitar/background vocals) on most of the tracks above; Bruce took lead vocals on "The Fever" (backed by the Asbury Jukes), "Thunder Road", "Rendezvous", "Backstreets", and "Born To Run" (backed by the E Street Band), shared lead vocals with Ronnie Spector on "You Mean So Much To Me" (backed by the Asbury Jukes) and contributed backup vocals and/or guitar to many other songs. "Having A Party" includes a bit of "It's All Right" as an introduction. Independent recollections from those present indicate that Bruce was on stage all night, but that cannot be confirmed via the tape alone. If you have any more information, please get in touch.

Audience tape. We are told a soundboard tape of this show does exist, but does not circulate.
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1977-05-13 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ

Early (first show): THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL / GOT TO GET YOU OFF MY MIND / WITHOUT LOVE / SHE GOT ME WHERE SHE WANTS ME / THE FEVER / SOME THINGS JUST DON'T CHANGE / LITTLE BY LITTLE / WHEN YOU DANCE / BABY, I LOVE YOU (with Ronnie Spector) / WALKING IN THE RAIN (with Ronnie Spector) / SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD (with Ronnie Spector) / BE MY BABY (with Ronnie Spector) / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME / HAVING A PARTY / YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME (with Ronnie Spector) / THUNDER ROAD

Late (second show): THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL / GOT TO GET YOU OFF MY MIND / WITHOUT LOVE / SHE GOT ME WHERE SHE WANTS ME / THE FEVER / SOME THINGS JUST DON'T CHANGE / LITTLE BY LITTLE / WHEN YOU DANCE / BABY, I LOVE YOU (with Ronnie Spector) / WALKING IN THE RAIN (with Ronnie Spector) / SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD (with Ronnie Spector) / BE MY BABY (with Ronnie Spector) / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with Ronnie Spector) / AMEN - HAVING A PARTY (with Ronnie Spector) / YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME (with Ronnie Spector) / THUNDER ROAD / (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER

Two separate admission shows. Independent recollections from those present indicate that Springsteen was on stage for the entirety of both shows. The gigs were originally scheduled as a standard Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes gig. However Southside became ill and couldn’t perform so Steve Van Zandt came to the rescue by organizing The Asbury Park All-Star Revue - a combination of The Asbury Jukes, The E Street Band, Ronnie Spector and Springsteen. Van Zandt was the lead vocalist (with Bruce on guitar/background vocals) on most of the tracks above; Bruce took lead vocals on "The Fever" at both shows (backed by the Asbury Jukes), "Thunder Road" at both shows (backed by the E Street Band), and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher" at the second show (backed by the E Street Band), and shared lead vocals with Steve Van Zandt on "Having A Party" at the early show and with Ronnie Spector on "You Mean So Much To Me" at both shows (backed by the Asbury Jukes).

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1977-05-19 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

JAILHOUSE ROCK / SEA CRUISE

Springsteen turns up on a quiet night (only about twenty to thirty patrons!) and ends up playing with Bob Campanell’s band The Shakes, who were a house band at the club at the time. Billy Smith has commented to Brucebase, “Springsteen was sitting at the bar alone and Campanell asked from the stage if he would like to play… Bruce smiled, put down his beer, walked across the empty dance floor and put on Bob's red guitar… he did "Jailhouse Rock" with all the Elvis moves, and "Sea Cruise" as well”. Springsteen may have also performed during a third song in The Shakes set (“Hit The Road, Jack”), although memories are a bit hazy on this point.

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By this time, the court case that was preventing Springsteen from entering a recording studio had been dragging on for nearly a year. On May 28 Springsteen's lawyers finally reached an agreement with Mike Appel, and he was free to record. In return, Appel would receive $800,000 and 50% of the publishing rights to all the songs that Springsteen had recorded up till now. All the rights to the songs recorded in the future would belong to Bruce. Just four days after settling the lawsuit, recording sessions for what would become Darkness On The Edge Of Town began, on June 1. For details on these sessions, see Darkness On The Edge Of Town - Studio Sessions.


1977-05-28 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

With his lawsuit with Mike Appel settled only about 18 hours beforehand, an upbeat Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt drive to Philadelphia to attend an Elvis Presley concert. This was Van Zandt’s first Presley show. Bruce had seen Presley in concert once before (at one of the four Madison Square Garden shows of June 9-11, 1972). Although Springsteen was a big enough star at this point to have been given V.I.P. treatment if he’d sought it, Bruce and Steve attended the show merely as members of the public. As fate would have it, this gig in Philadelphia turned out to be one of Elvis’ last. The bloated, drug-affected Presley’s final public performance was a few weeks later in Indianapolis. In a late '70s interview Springsteen commented that he and Van Zandt drove back to New Jersey without saying a word to one another, such was their disappointment with the performance. However, he would later say that he enjoyed the show tremendously.
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1977-09-04 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

FUNKY BROADWAY / FARTHER UP THE ROAD

"Farther Up The Road" is the blues song recorded by Bobby "Blue" Bland, and is unrelated to "Further On (Up The Road)", the Springsteen original released on The Rising in 2002. Springsteen guests with guitarist Billy Hector’s short-lived band The Shots - they’d inherited the role of the Stone Pony house band from The Asbury Jukes. Hector would later form The Fairlanes, another band that Bruce would make some shore area guest appearances with.

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1977-09-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with Southside Johnny) / HAVING A PARTY (with Southside Johnny) / THUNDER ROAD / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN

With Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Benefit concert for Bob Campanell, lead singer of The Shakes. Recollections differ as to if this was with the E Street Band or just Southside and his band, but the general consensus is Springsteen alone, and no E Street Band. Peter Howes' photos from the show would seem to be confirmation. This would mean that the tape allocated to this date is associated incorrectly.

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1977-10-00 - THE RECORD PLANT, NEW YORK CITY, NY

STREET HASSLE

Bruce drops in on a session for Lou Reed’s work-in-progress album and records a Reed-composed, spoken narrative that forms a brief part of Reed’s 11-minute song “Street Hassle”. In the last line of the narrative Bruce states, “tramps like us, we were born to pay”. It’s not known if the inclusion of this line was Bruce or Reed’s idea.

The recording was first released on Reed’s Street Hassle album in March 1978.
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1977-10-00 - THE RECORD PLANT, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Springsteen donates songs to Patti Smith, who is recording her new album in the same studios at the same time as Bruce is recording his. According to interview comments in 2000 by Lenny Kaye (Smith’s guitarist and songwriting partner) Springsteen handed over demos of not one but three different songs for Smith/Kaye’s perusal, the first two of which Bruce apparently composed with Patti specifically in mind - and then a third one, “Because The Night”. Smith preferred the latter. After some re-writing of the Springsteen lyrics to give the song a more feminine, sensual feel the Patti Smith Group recorded the song in November. Springsteen didn’t perform on Smith’s studio version. The identities of other two Springsteen-donated songs (Smith never recorded either), remain an intriguing mystery. Kaye’s 2000 comment that “I would love to hear a tape of those (two) songs today” would indicate he doesn’t have a copy of these Springsteen mystery song demos in his collection. The Smith recording of “Because The Night” was first released as a U.S.A. single in late February 1978 and appeared on her Easter album in March. It was a major international hit single during the April-May 1978 period.
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1977-10-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

DOWN IN THE VALLEY / AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG / SOOTHE ME / CAROL

With Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. "Soothe Me" includes snippets of "Good Times" and "Shout".

Audience tape of poor quality.
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1977-11-04 - THE RECORD PLANT, NEW YORK CITY, NY

A weary-sounding Springsteen takes part in a brief six-minute interview conducted by D.J. Ed Sciaky and broadcast live by WIOQ-FM in Philadelphia. Bruce was at the Record Plant studios, Sciaky was at the radio station, with the hook-up made by telephone.

The interview can be found on the two CD set 'Darkness On The Air' (Mystic).
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1977-12-01 - PLAZA SOUND STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

FIRE

Bruce donates his unreleased song "Fire" to Robert Gordon and participates (on piano) in the recording session for the song. The recording was first released on Gordon’s Fresh Fish Special album in April 1978. The night following this session Bruce makes an unadvertised guest appearance with Gordon at nearby New York University (see December 2).
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1977-12-02 - LOEB STUDENT CENTER, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK CITY, NY

HEARTBREAK HOTEL

With Link Wray and Robert Gordon. Bruce joins Wray and Gordon on stage following recording sessions with Robert Gordon the previous day. See above listing for more details.

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1977-12-22 - THE RECORD PLANT, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Springsteen phones in a brief “Christmas Greetings” message to radio station WHFS-FM in Bethesda, Maryland for all his longtime fans in that area. This was first broadcast the following day and then repeated during subsequent days.

The broadcast can be found on the two CD set 'Darkness On The Air' (Mystic).
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1977-12-30 - CBGB THEATER, NEW YORK CITY, NY

BECAUSE THE NIGHT

Springsteen guests on guitar and background vocals during this Patti Smith gig on what in fact was the live world debut (by either artist) of their co-written song "Because The Night". Smith had already recorded and completed her studio version at this point but it was still a couple of months away from being released.

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1977-12-31 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ

With Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and the E Street Band: HAVING A PARTY / THE FEVER / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME / (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER

With the E Street Band: LITTLE LATIN LUPE LU (with The Miami Horns) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (with The Miami Horns) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT - BACKSTREETS / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE (with The Miami Horns)

Springsteen & The E Street Band join Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes for several songs and then kick into a set of their own, the first two of which are broadcast live. "Having A Party'" includes a bit of "It's All Right" as an introduction, and "Stagger Lee" includes a brief snippet of "Red Hot" in the midsection. “Backstreets” features the first known version of “Drive All Night” as the intro, or at least lyrics that would end up in "Drive All Night".

Soundboard as well as radio broadcast released on CD 'Catch These Big Stars In The Night...If You Can!' (Eagle Records). The whole set was filmed by the theatre crew and is circulating in very poor quality. Springsteen was not on stage for the three songs between "I Don't Want To Go Home" and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher", which are "Got To Be A Better Way Home", "You Don't Know Like I Know" and "Stagger Lee", with guest Robert Gordon. "Stagger Lee" is unfortunately missing from all bootlegs, but can be streamed on Wolfgang's Vault's Concert Vault along with the rest of the set. The audio quality of this recording is somewhat of an upgrade over other sources. The 'Catch these Stars...' boot has the last three tracks of Springsteen's set from an audience tape, including the complete version of "Backstreets" (which is missing the introduction on the soundboard source).You can download the complete programme for the show by clicking here. It's 6mb and in PDF format.
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