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1978


1978-03-00 - THE RECORD PLANT, NEW YORK CITY, NY

FASTER AND LOUDER

Springsteen, in the final stages of mixing Darkness On The Edge Of Town, drops by an adjoining studio where New York proto-punk band The Dictators are busy on a work-in-progress third album. Bruce, a fan of the band’s first two albums, winds up contributing the brief count-in vocals for the song “Faster And Louder”. The recording was first released in July 1978 on The Dictators album Bloodbrothers.
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1978-03-17 - TRAX, NEW YORK CITY, NY

WEREWOLVES OF LONDON

Springsteen, along with James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, Dickey Betts (of the Allman Brothers Band) and legendary promoter Bill Graham attend a performance by Warren Zevon at this tiny club then-located at 100 West 72nd Street. Zevon had just begun his Excitable Boy tour and this show (which didn’t start until 3am and lasted for nearly two hours) may have been of an invitation-only or promotional nature. At some point during the show some of the above-noted musicians/celebrities took the stage as a troupe to perform the “werewolf howls” background vocals on “Werewolves Of London”. Springsteen was definitely present but there are conflicting accounts if Bruce was part of the on-stage troupe or not. Springsteen also performed at another Zevon concert three months later (see Brucebase listing for June 23).
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1978-05-00 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Bruce is in the audience at a Lou Reed show at the Bottom Line. Reed mentions (and greets) Springsteen during his lengthy monologue in "Walk On The Wild Side"..."Hi Bruce. Springsteen is alright by the way. He gets my seal of approval, I think he's groovy. You notice the way the critics turned on him, like after they were on him, right?". It's hard to be certain, but Reed seems to invite Bruce on stage to perform his spoken parts on the song "Street Hassle" that he contributed uncredited on the album of the same title. However Bruce appears to turn down the invitation - you can hear an exchange in the audience during the song (at 6.26), along with what sounds like Springsteen's voice. Lou Reed's live album Take No Prisoners is a compilation of ten songs from shows at the Bottom Line, recorded between May 17 and 21, 1978.
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1978-05-19 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

ADAM RAISED A CAIN (4.46) / FIRE (1.59) / SPANISH EYES (3.38) / THE BROKENHEARTED (5.24) / THE WAY (3.55) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.39) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (2.47) / TALK TO ME (3.35) / HEARTS OF STONE (4.24) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (6.27) / RACING IN THE STREET (6.59) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.45) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (1:08 + 3.03) / KING TUT (0.48) / BADLANDS (4.24) / NIGHT (2.58) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.54) / THE PROMISE (6.07) / IT'S MY LIFE (cut, 4.22) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.20) / BADLANDS (5.11) / NIGHT (3.22) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (5.31) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.59) / FOR YOU (5.34) / THUNDER ROAD (6.35) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (4.42) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.04) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.28) / (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION (instrumental) (1.55) / HEART FULL OF SOUL (2.03) / UNIDENTIFIED BLUES INSTRUMENTAL (instrumental) (1:19) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (5.09) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (6:18) / FIRE (2.30) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (6.59) / BACKSTREETS (cut)

Audience tape released on CDR 'On Your Mark, Get Set' (B Street). Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour rehearsals with no members of the public present. These are predominantly full versions with some minor stylistic differences. “The Promise” is the full E Street Band arrangement only played like this on the opening night of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour until the release of The Promise and subsequent performances in Asbury Park and Washington D.C. The first take of "Prove It All Night" includes the piano / guitar introduction used on the tour. A brief rendition of the song “King Tut” is performed (often mistakenly identified as “Wooly Bully”). Apparently, the performance of "King Tut" results from an episode they saw of "Saturday Night Live" with comedian Steve Martin on April 22, 1978. Martin opened the show with the song, in an elaborate production number. The response to the song was so great Martin released a single in July that made the Top 10. "Unidentified Blues Instrumental" has historically been listed as Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love", but this seems to be a mis-attribution. The performances of “The Way”, “Spanish Eyes” and “The Brokenhearted” may indicate these unreleased songs had received some consideration for the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album (they were not performed on the subsequent tour). Southside Johnny’s work-in-progress third album sessions were ongoing at the time and versions of the Springsteen-composed “Talk To Me” and “Hearts Of Stone” heard on this tape appear (for some unknown reason) to be playbacks of studio takes featuring Southside on lead vocals. Quality varies quite a lot but there are some real gems in here. Studio takes of several of these songs are released on The Promise, a two-CD album officially released in 2010 - "The Brokenhearted", "Spanish Eyes", "Talk To Me" and "The Way". You can listen to the latter by clicking the link above.
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Start of the "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" tour
May 23, 1978 - January 1, 1979 (111 shows played)
 
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)


1978-05-23 - SHEA'S BUFFALO THEATRE, BUFFALO, NY

Soundcheck: IS THAT ALL TO THE BALL, MR. HALL - MY GIRL JOSEPHINE (3.20) / THUNDER ROAD (2.07) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (4.34) / IS THAT ALL TO THE BALL, MR. HALL (22.42) / FIRE (2.41) / SHE'S THE ONE (2.28)

BADLANDS (4.38) / NIGHT (3.04) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (5.34) / FOR YOU (4.54) / THUNDER ROAD (5.56) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.42) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (6.44) / RACING IN THE STREET (start cut, 6.03) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.56) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.57) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (2.56) / FIRE (2.31) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.26) / STREETS OF FIRE (4.11) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (11.27) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (cut, 6.54) / BACKSTREETS (11.24) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (9.22) / THE PROMISE (6.04) / BORN TO RUN (4.35) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (cut, 3.58) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (cut, 3.57)

Audience tape. Opening night of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. Includes the only ever live performance of "The Promise" with the full E Street Band until the Asbury Park Carousel web broadcast in 2010. This concert features the live debut of eight songs from Darkness On The Edge Of Town, all except "Factory" and "Something In The Night" (which had made its debut in 1976), and also features the full band version of "For You". "Prove It All Night" has a piano and guitar solo introduction - this will develop and expand throughout the tour, becoming a concert highlight. "Backstreets" has continued to evolve and the middle section contains the 'Sad Eyes' interlude for the first time. The monologue would vary throughout the tour, and often include lyrics that would end up in "Drive All Night". "Paradise By The 'C'" premieres as the start of the second set which also includes another premiere - "Fire". A contributor to the Greasy Lake website recalls that Bruce read the lyrics to the last two songs from a piece of paper. Released on CDR 'Opening Night In The Darkness' which also covers the soundcheck (including extensive workouts of Billy Lee Riley's 1958 rockabilly cut "Is That All To The Ball, Mr. Hall") and 'Go' (B Street). Complete length of soundcheck recording is 38.05, there are cuts and edits throughout so the actual soundcheck would have been longer. Soundcheck track lengths above also include chatter.
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1978-05-24 - PALACE THEATRE, ALBANY, NY

BADLANDS (4.43) / NIGHT (3.11) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.41) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (5.58) / FOR YOU (5.09) / THUNDER ROAD (6.54) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (7.02) / RACING IN THE STREET (7.27) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.54) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.04) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.05) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (5.28) / FIRE (2.34) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.19) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (13.07) / BACKSTREETS (11.39) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.13) / THE PROMISE (6.13) / BORN TO RUN (4.57) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.40)

Audience tape (Unbooted), good quality with no cuts. "The Promise" remains in the set, but is a solo piano rendition this time. It won't be until 2010 that the full-band version is played again.
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1978-05-26 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Soundcheck: THUNDER ROAD / BADLANDS / NIGHT / PARADISE BY THE "C" / THE PROMISED LAND / SHE'S THE ONE / BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / FOR YOU / CANDY'S ROOM / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / THE PROMISED LAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN

Audience tape. Two recordings circulate, the first is of average quality and runs slow. The second surfaced in 2013 via JEMS and the ER Archives on 'Thunders Down The Road' and is a substantial upgrade. The set includes the first "Growin' Up" (without a story) and "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" of the tour. The "Mona" intro includes some guitar riffing straight out of The Yardbirds' "Train Kept A-Rollin'." "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of The Miracles' "Mickey's Monkey". There were clearly some early-tour teething troubles tonight - note the lack of drums in the mix for a good part of "Born To Run". Around six minutes of silent 8mm video footage circulates, including of Bruce disappearing from the stage and reappearing on the upper levels during "Spirit In The Night". See the link above for Peter Howes/AsburyBrucePhotos great pictures.
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1978-05-27 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Soundcheck: JUNGLELAND / LUCILLE / FIRE / LUCILLE / BADLANDS

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN

Audience tape available on CDR 'Philadelphia 78'. First "Jungleland" of the 1978 tour. The setlist begins to develop into the familiar Darkness Tour song order, with the first in-order appearance of the "five-pack" of "The Promised Land", "Prove It All Night", "Racing In The Street", "Thunder Road" and "Jungleland".
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1978-05-29 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA

Soundcheck: includes POINT BLANK (see notes)

NIGHT / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (cuts in) / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN

Audience tape available on CDR 'Where Dreams Are Found And Lost', part of the Kivak Master Series. The opening song of the set ("Night") is not part of the audience recording. Incomplete setlist, missing several songs between "Night" and "Prove It All Night". "Racing In The Street" segues directly into "Thunder Road" from this show onwards. Click the link above to view Cliff Breining's great shot of the Boston Music Hall marquee, as well as a newspaper review of the show. In a telephone interview with WBCN Boston's Mark Parenteau on September 26, 1978, Bruce revealed that "Point Blank" was musically composed during soundcheck before one of the three shows at the Music Hall. The lyrics were written on the road after the Boston stand, and the song was premiered at The Roxy on July 7. This soundcheck could have taken place before any of the three Boston gigs, and maybe over more than one soundcheck session.
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1978-05-30 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / CANDY'S ROOM / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Audience tape available from the master cassettes. Premiere of "Because The Night". First "Growin' Up" of the tour to include a story - "stop that man with the gold guitar!" Released on CDR 'Defining The Million Dollar Sound'. Also available in a new transfer from the master cassettes in 2009.
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1978-05-31 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA

BADLANDS (4.36) / NIGHT (3.03) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.42) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (5.52) / FOR YOU (4.59) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.06) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (7.22) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.11) / THUNDER ROAD (5.35) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.13) / FIRE (2.41) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (5.25) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (10.36) / GROWIN' UP (7.51) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (4.17) / BACKSTREETS (12.17) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (8.52) / THE PROMISE (6.04) / BORN TO RUN (4.31) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.35) / QUARTER TO THREE (8.51)

Audience tape. Features the first "Quarter To Three" of the tour. Released on CDs 'Looking For That Million Dollar Sound' (BM) and 'Early Darkness' (Masterpiece).
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1978-06-02 - HALSEY FIELD HOUSE, U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY, ANNAPOLIS, MD

NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SEA CRUISE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Audience tape (incomplete). Near-complete setlist is known, perhaps with one or two songs missing. This is Springsteen’s second appearance at the Academy (he’d previously played here on May 28, 1976). Unfortunately the only known audio source is incomplete (it includes the above-noted setlist up to and including “Backstreets”. The last three tracks noted in the above setlist were apparently also played, including a repeat performance of "Sea Cruise" that is unique to the 1976 and 1978 Naval Academy shows alongside one further performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on August 16, 1981. A midshipman threw his hat on stage during “Sea Cruise” - Bruce grabbed it and wore it during the song. Thanks to Tom McCafferty for the information and updates. The Darkness On The Edge Of Town album is released today.
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1978-06-03 - NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NY

BADLANDS (4.34) / NIGHT (2.58) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.25) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (5.18) / FOR YOU (4.51) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.49) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (7.45) / RACING IN THE STREET (7.06) / THUNDER ROAD (6.02) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.11) / FIRE (2.34) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (5.22) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (10.58) / GROWIN' UP (8.33) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (4.24) / BACKSTREETS (11.56) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (9.48) / THE PROMISE (5.44) / BORN TO RUN (4.25) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.07) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.31) / QUARTER TO THREE (cut, 6.24)

Audience tape. Three recording sources circulate, released on CDR 'Gapless Sandy Night' which has some songs cut. Two new audience sources are now available that represent considerable upgrades - CDR 'Sandy Night' and a three-CD set from the master tapes 'Nassau Night in 78' (Fanatic Records). The latter is recorded very close to the stage and is the one to acquire. First appearance of "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" for the 1978 tour. "Growin' Up" features the spaceman story. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of The Miracles' "Mickey's Monkey".
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1978-06-05 - SPORTS ARENA, TOLEDO, OH

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape - incomplete recording missing several songs from the second set. Released on CDR 'Talk About A Dream'. An attendee recalls that "Adam Raised A Cain" was also played but does not appear on the audience tape. A review in the Toledo Blade does not mention any other songs.
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1978-06-06 - INDIANA CONVENTION CENTER, INDIANAPOLIS, IN

BADLANDS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

No audio known. Partial setlist above constructed from the recollections of those present. Famous show when three female dancers from a nearby strip club called ‘The Red Garter’ joined Bruce and the E Street Band onstage during the encore – an incident that Springsteen alluded to 18 years later during a November 21, 1996 solo gig in Indianapolis. An attendee confirms the strippers story, noting that Bruce introduced them as "some friends that Clarence made this afternoon". Apparently Bruce was surprised when they appeared - "I don't think he was expecting them to actually come on stage from the wings." The attendee also notes that Springsteen opened with "Badlands". Thanks to Anthony for the information. Thanks also to The Friddles (a.k.a. Bob) who has written to Brucebase with more detail: "After leaving the stage after their last set to thunderous applause, they returned for an encore and I believe there were three young ladies in long dresses and high heels came out with them, who were introduced as friends they met at the Red Garter Lounge (which we knew was a “Gentlemen’s club” in Indy). The girls starting dancing as the band performed, then to my amazement, they proceeded to wriggle out of their dresses and continue dancing and singing with the band in only their skimpy bras, garters, panties and high heels – I was amazed! The crowd went wild!"

In October 2010 during his "Big Band" tour show in Indianapolis Max Weinberg also talked about this event. On the day of the concert the soundcheck finished early and the band headed off to 'The Red Garter' for an afternoon's relaxation. Clarence ("a man of varied interests" according to Max) befriended the strippers, invited them to the show (unbeknownst to the band) and finally invited them on stage for a memorable "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". During the concert in Indianapolis in March 20, 2008 Springsteen again mentioned The Red Garter, expressing surprise that the club is still in existence.
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1978-06-08 - DANE COUNTY MEMORIAL COLISEUM, MADISON, WI

BADLANDS (4.37) / NIGHT (3.09) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.55) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (6.05) / FOR YOU (5.05) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.00) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (6.56) / RACING IN THE STREET (speed fluctuations and edits, 8.10) / THUNDER ROAD (speed fluctuations, 6.13) / JUNGLELAND (9.43) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.12) / FIRE (2.43) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (edit, 5.37) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (10.46) / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS (11.31) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (edits, 8.31) / BORN TO RUN (4.27) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.13) / QUARTER TO THREE (9.11)

Audience tape with plenty of edits. "Growin' Up" features the spaceman story.
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1978-06-09 - MECCA ARENA, MILWAUKEE, WI

Soundcheck: LET'S LIVE FOR TODAY

BADLANDS (4.24) / NIGHT (2.59) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.28) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.21) / FOR YOU (5.05) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.01) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (7.24) / RACING IN THE STREET (6.39) / THUNDER ROAD (5.39) / JUNGLELAND (9.36) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.10) / FIRE (2.38) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (5.39) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (edit, 11.14) / GROWIN' UP (6.39) / BACKSTREETS (11.14) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (9.20) / BORN TO RUN (4.32) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.14) / QUARTER TO THREE (8.53)

Audience tape of very high quality - excellent sound and atmosphere. Released on CDR 'No Bombs Tonight'. An attendee who snuck into the arena before the show recalls that "Let's Live For Today" was soundchecked. The song was originally recorded by English band The Rokes in 1966, and later popularised by The Grass Roots in 1967. As far as we know, it has never been played in concert. Thanks to Dan.
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1978-06-10 - METROPOLITAN SPORTS CENTER, BLOOMINGTON, MN

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

The above-noted twenty song setlist (likely to represent the entire show) is taken from an incomplete audience tape of the show combined with an attendee recollection that's deemed reliable. Allegedly this audience tape exists in complete form but it’s not in collector circulation – our understanding is the non-circulating segments suffer from technical problems. Just over ten minutes of Super-8, color film footage of this show is in circulation (sometimes incorrectly noted as being from November 29). This footage encompasses excerpts of five songs - "Badlands" and "Night" (both originally without sound), as well as excerpts of "Spirit In The Night", "She’s The One" and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" (all with sound). The two songs with no audio have recently been ‘married’ to this show’s previously circulating audio and the complete footage with audio is now available on the DVD ‘Bruce Springsteen: 8MM’ (Brucevideos). "Growin' Up" features the spaceman story. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features an extended mariachi-style introduction.
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1978-06-13 - HANCHER AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, IOWA CITY, IA

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER THE THREE

No known audio. The complete 21-song setlist above is courtesy of Brucebase reader Chris, who made a note of the setlist the day after the show. Chris also writes: "I remember when Bruce was standing on the speakers about ten feet off the floor during "Quarter To Three". He was singing the line "I'm Just A Prisoner.." Bruce collapses on the stage while Clarence goes over to him with a sponge. He got up after about a minute and finished singing "...Of Rock 'n' Roll!". During "Spirit In The Night" he did his usual routine and went into the crowd, this time he went further than normal with Clarence trailing behind him playing his sax and Bruce singing the lyrics. He got close to me, and I got a chance to touch him when he was singing the line "me and Crazy Janey". I was so excited! When the silent part ended; he jumped back up and with Clarence right behind him, they ran back through the crowd onto the stage." Another fan present was Jeff, who writes "The set list was very similar to Kansas City later in the month. Only concert I have still ever attended where NOBODY was selling tickets outside, all the people outside were trying to buy!" "Racing In The Street" and "Jungleland" are mentioned in a very positive review in The Daily Iowan. A contributor to the Greasy Lake website notes "...he was standing on top of the speakers and he jumped down like a giant cat. And I remember him out in the audience... grabbing a reporter's pad and telling him he better be writing a good review."
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1978-06-14 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM MUSIC HALL, OMAHA, NE

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape - poor quality. Set includes the return of "The Promise". Bruce's second show in Omaha, he last played at the same venue in September 30, 1975. The Music Hall is a small ~2,500 seat hall with a main floor and balcony seating, adjacent to the Civic Auditorium in downtown Omaha. Springsteen and the Band would not play in Omaha again until an appearance at the Qwest Center on March 14, 2008. Thanks to Eric for the information.
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1978-06-16 - MEMORIAL HALL, KANSAS CITY, KS

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.24) / FOR YOU (5.01) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.55) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (7.28) / RACING IN THE STREET (7.48) / THUNDER ROAD (5.18) / JUNGLELAND (9.23) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.13) / FIRE (2.33) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (5.26) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (11.36) / GROWIN' UP (8.53) / BACKSTREETS (10.00) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (fades in, 9.26) / THE PROMISE (5.59) / BORN TO RUN (4.27) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.16) / QUARTER TO THREE (9.56)

Soundboard and audience tapes. The soundboard is incomplete, missing the first three songs. Great versions of "Adam Raised a Cain" and "Quarter To Three". Audience tape also exists which includes the first three songs in good quality. The soundboard only is released on CD 'Kansas City Carboy' (BTS1). A cleaned up version of the soundboard with the addition of the first three tracks from the audience recording is available on CDR 'This is For You... But You Gotta Shut Up' (Buckshot) and CD 'Driving That Dusty Road' from Godfather Records.
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1978-06-17 - KIEL AUDITORIUM, ST LOUIS, MO

QUARTER TO THREE

No other set details known. Held in the 10,000 seat Kiel Auditorium, and one of the few gigs on the Darkness Tour with a disappointing turnout – about 3,500 tickets remained unsold. A Brucebase reader comments: “I remember when the lights came up at the encores that I was stunned that there were only a few rows of the upper level filled - for what was the most amazing show I'd ever seen”. A contributor to the Greasy Lake website mentions that "Quarter To Three" was played. In a 1978 magazine interview Clarence Clemons mentioned this gig as one of his favourites of the tour. When Springsteen and The E Street Band returned to St. Louis on November 25, they performed in the much more intimate 3,500 seat Kiel Opera House. Michael Stipe is believed to have attended this show or the later Opera House show, noting that it changed his life. Thanks to Neal for the information.
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1978-06-20 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE, MORRISON, CO

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / I FOUGHT THE LAW / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. Outdoor performance, Bruce's first appearance at the famous Red Rocks - he would return to play two shows here in 1981. Encores include the first known Springsteen performance of "I Fought The Law", played just eight times this tour. CDR available titled 'Fire Over Red Rocks', as well as an improved quality 2012 transfer from a lower generation tape from MJK5510.
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1978-06-23 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, PORTLAND, OR

I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD

No known audio. As he had done a couple of months earlier in New York City, Springsteen makes an unannounced guest appearance at a Warren Zevon gig – this time playing guitar, harmonica and sharing vocals on a wild, extended version of "I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead", Warren’s final encore of the evening.

Thanks to Jim, who sent his recollections of the evening to Brucebase: The house was about 1/2 full. Zevon was fairly popular at that time, with college kids and so forth. My good friend and I were set to see Bruce (for the first time!) the following night, but we had tickets to see Zevon too. We took our spots about fifteen rows out from the stage in the Paramount Theatre. As we sat down, we couldn't help but notice four, or five guys behind us. They seemed familiar, but were dressed differently from the Oregon fans. Oh well, I really didn't give it much thought... Zevon came on. He was horrible. This was during a period of his career when he was drinking too much. It was pretty evident throughout the show that he was a wreck. The show was low energy, and just not good. Nobody got up, not even to bring him back out after the set was done. However, as the obligatory "give us an encore" applause continued Zevon and band came back out. Still no standing ovation. Then.... from stage right, this figure appears. He comes bopping out onto the stage- he's wearing the newsboy hat, he's got on a black jacket and has an Esquire slung around his shoulder. The place went CRAZY! It was Bruce!! All at once the roof went off - everyone was standing and screaming, and the 1/2 full venue now seemed to be jam packed. Zevon launched into "Sleep When I'm Dead." Bruce joined in and handled the harmonica parts and some stinging guitar riffs. It was amazing. This made the evening worthwhile. Oh, and those guys sitting behind us? Now I recognized them! It was Miami Steve, Garry, Roy and probably Danny (memory is a bit hazy after all these years, no Clarence though).
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1978-06-24 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, PORTLAND, OR

BADLANDS (4.24) / NIGHT (2.59) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.51) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.12) / FOR YOU (4.55) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.51) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (8.37) / RACING IN THE STREET (7.52) / THUNDER ROAD (5.22) / JUNGLELAND (9.10) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.06) / FIRE (2.34) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (5.02) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (11.06) / GROWIN' UP (11.14) / BACKSTREETS (cut, 9.05) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (9.44) / THE PROMISE (5.42) / BORN TO RUN (4.15) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.03) / QUARTER TO THREE (10.19)

Complete show from a soundboard source. "The Promised Land" features a completely out of tune guitar solo. Another great version of "Adam Raised A Cain". Released on CD 'Raising Cain' (E ST.)
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1978-06-25 - PARAMOUNT NORTHWEST THEATRE, SEATTLE, WA

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / I FOUGHT THE LAW / QUARTER TO THREE

Partial audience tape, missing the final four songs of the first set. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features an extended mariachi-style introduction. Highlight is an outstanding version of "The Promise". Released on CDR 'Darkness On The Edge Of Seattle' - covers the second set only. Three tracks were also included as extra tracks on the CD 'Winterland Night' (Crystal Cat). Also available on CDR 'Shut Down Strangers And Hot Rod Angels' and 'I'm Working So Hard For You' (Buckshot) which includes the partial first set and the complete second set and encores. Finally, available in a transfer from JEMS' master reels titled 'This Is Called The Promise' (Ev2) in much upgraded quality.
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1978-06-26 - QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE, VANCOUVER, BC

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

No known audio. Setlist from a newspaper review of the concert - Thanks Rich! First ever performances in Canada of "Badlands", "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", "The Promised Land", "Prove It All Night", "Racing In The Street", "Paradise By The 'C'", "Fire", "Adam Raised A Cain", and "The Promise".
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1978-06-29 - SAN JOSE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, SAN JOSE, CA

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND

Audience tape (Unbooted). Incomplete setlist . A contributor to the Greasy Lake website notes "An intimate gathering (less than 3,000) of enthusiastic Springsteen fans were treated to a high-energy show, the highlight coming about 3/4 of the way through when Bruce got on Clarence's shoulders and the two of them waded into the audience!" Click the link above for some magnificent photos from Jack Bogdanski and Karl Buhler.
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1978-06-30 - BERKELEY COMMUNITY THEATRE, BERKELEY, CA

BADLANDS (start cut, 3.22) / NIGHT (2.49) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.26) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.00) / FOR YOU (4.37) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.38) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (8.45) / RACING IN THE STREET (7.58) / THUNDER ROAD (4.51) / JUNGLELAND (cut, 8.21) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.05) / FIRE (2.30) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (4.51) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (9.37) / GROWIN UP (7.49) / BACKSTREETS (9.44) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.45) / THE PROMISE (5.34) / BORN TO RUN (4.20) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (3.53) / QUARTER TO THREE (6.02)

Audience tape available on CDR 'Community Spirit'. "Prove It All Night" features Bruce's cab driver story also heard (and seen) on August 15 in Largo, MD. "For You" is the full-band version.
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1978-07-01 - BERKELEY COMMUNITY THEATRE, BERKELEY, CA

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / PARADISE BY THE "C" / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Incomplete soundboard tape comprised of the majority of the first set, the opening song of the second, and the encores. The soundboard is available on CD 'Last Night in Berkeley'. "Paradise By The 'C'" and "Prove It All Night" were used as promo cuts for radio play from this board tape. Bruce's mother, father and youngest sister Pam are in the audience.
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1978-07-04 - RADIO STATION KMET-FM, LOS ANGELES, CA

Bruce, Jon Landau and Dave Marsh turn up together at the studios of KMET – resulting in a lengthy, live on-air Springsteen show hosted by DJ Mary Turner. Springsteen-Landau arrived bearing audio treats – the show is highlighted by the debut public airing of two live recordings (“Prove It All Night” and “Paradise By The 'C'”) fresh from the gig in Berkeley (July 1). The complete event (interview and songs) can be found on the two-CD set ‘Darkness On The Air’ (Mystic). Many topics are discussed, from what Asbury Park is like on the 4th, how the change in drinking age to age 18 saved him and the band in the local bars, The Bruce Springsteen Band doing You Mean So Much To Me, Ronnie Spector, how the album version of Something In the Night came from their first session when they recorded thirteen songs, the asylum gig when he was 16 and the patient who introduced the band for almost 20 minutes, the Sing Sing prison gig (December 7, 1972) where they had no vocal mics and they had to play all instrumentals but were dying until "a black cat" got up on stage and played a little soprano sax and then everyone went nuts, Appel trying to get Bruce to sing at the '73 Super Bowl, Bruce tells a story about his dad taking him to Tijuana & getting their picture taken on a Zebra - but it was really a painted donkey, Because The Night, Patti Smith & how that happened, Bruce talks about Asbury Park characters and that he made names up, fireworks over the ocean - which leads to playing the album track, Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy), and Turner asks about the song, Independence Day - somehow she had heard about it already.

After playing Racing In The Street, Bruce admits he got it wrong when the song opens and he sings: "I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396 / Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor." He had recently been approached by Richie Schultz, a Grand National car driver, and was told that "Fuelie heads will not fit on a 396!" They will fit a 283. Bruce says, "This depresses me!". Bruce muses on changing it to "a 283" at shows but then says something like, "My job is to write the songs. I don't have to fix them" and then laughs. Bruce then tells that he sold his '57 Chevy with the flames and got a '60 convertible midnight blue Corvette. They finish up with his thoughts about the time it took to do Darkness & the lawsuit. Bruce says they recorded about thirty songs for the album. Mary Turner then gets in her final question: "Did you really find the key to the universe in the engine of an old parked car?" The interview ends with the live debut of Paradise By The 'C" from the July 1 Berkeley show. Bruce was clearly taken by Mary, even going so far as to ask her out on a date and dedicating "The Promised Land" to her the next night at the Forum on July 5: "this is for, uh...this is for Mary down at KMET, see, you guys, you guys can't see what she looks like, she's real pretty and I asked her for a date last night, I don't know if she's gonna go out with me or not, this is for her." Thanks to Dave for the interview breakdown.

Several hours after this interview Bruce, Clarence, Garry and a couple of members of their tour entourage sneak up on the roof of a building on Sunset Strip and spray paint the huge billboard advertisement promoting the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album.
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1978-07-05 - THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, CA

Soundcheck: RAVE ON

BADLANDS (4.27) / NIGHT (2.59) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.47) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.13) / FOR YOU (4.56) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.00) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (cut, 6.25) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.25) / THUNDER ROAD (5.30) / JUNGLELAND (9.19) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.17) / FIRE (2.39) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (5.21) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (10.58) / GROWIN' UP (12.17) / BACKSTREETS (11.58) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (9.47) / THE PROMISE (5.53) / BORN TO RUN (4.39) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.17) / QUARTER TO THREE (10.54)

Audience tape of excellent quality. Report from the tour at this time from Dave Marsh had Bruce soundchecking "Rave On" which appeared in the main set on the next date. Apparently there is another source tape with "Prove It All Night" uncut, but with "Backstreets" cut. Released on CDR 'Forum Heat' (Smokey Joe). The show was filmed in part by KABC TV (see the footage on the 'This Is Your Life' DVD release) there is also some silent Super 8 footage that also shows Bruce playing a Fender Stratocaster instead of the usual Telecaster. An interview was carried out for "Eye Witness News" by reporter J.J. Jackson with Bruce backstage after this show, ten minutes of which were later broadcast (Springsteen's first television appearance) on July 7.
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1978-07-06 - SUNDANCE SALOON, CALABASAS, CA

CAROL

Springsteen and actor Gary Busey (of The Buddy Holly Story movie fame) join obscure Oklahoma-based country rock outfit The Old Dog Band for a song. One of the band members was Gary Busey’s brother. Busey would later join Bruce on stage for several songs at the Spectrum in Philadelphia (see August 18 and August 19 listings). At the August 19 show Bruce says he and his sister Pam went to see The Buddy Holly Story while he was in Los Angeles.
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1978-07-07 - THE ROXY THEATRE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

RAVE ON (2.49) / BADLANDS (5.11) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (8.07) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (5.04) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.39) / FOR YOU (7.03) / POINT BLANK (7.27) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.52) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (10.51) / RACING IN THE STREET (9.06) / THUNDER ROAD (6.53) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (4.16) / FIRE (3.14) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (5.47) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (13.58) / GROWIN' UP (9.15) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (4.44) / BACKSTREETS (14.31) / HEARTBREAK HOTEL (2.36) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.15) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (6.15) / BORN TO RUN (5.35) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.09) / RAISE YOUR HAND (8.38) / TWIST AND SHOUT (9.09)

FM broadcast. Remarkable setlist includes the premieres of "Point Blank", "Rave On" and "Heartbreak Hotel". Another live debut "Independence Day" is performed solo on piano for only time on the tour. "Point Blank" features different lyrics to later versions and is played slightly differently. Also includes the first known tour performances of both "Twist And Shout" and "Raise Your Hand". Originally broadcast on KMET FM Radio, and on some recordings "Point Blank" and "Thunder Road" have been edited where the original broadcast had problems. Probably one of the best shows Bruce will ever do. Unfortunately this show only circulates as recordings from the radio broadcast unlike the other radio broadcasts from this tour which have pre-FM sources available. Recordings circulate on many unofficial LPs and on CDs 'Roxy Night' (Crystal Cat) and 'Hands Towards The Sky' (Lobster Records), CDR 'No Private Party' (Ev2) and most recently 'Out There In Radioland' (JEMS), a transfer from a first generation 7-1/2 IPS (inches per second) reel. This show was one of the main source concerts for the official Live 1975-85 box set, which includes no less than eight recordings from this show - “Spirit In The Night”, “Paradise By The ‘C’", “Adam Raised A Cain”, “Growin’ Up” (with a few cuts in the middle-part “lawyer” story), “It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City”, a heavily edited “Backstreets” with the "Sad Eyes" sequence removed and part of the third verse switched with a different performance, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” and “Raise Your Hand”. Another performance recorded that night, “For You”, was later released as a B-side/bonus track on 7”/12” vinyl worldwide, and on CD on the Japan only Live Collection EP. In addition, a short live excerpt from this show (Bruce’s speech given after “Badlands” about a photo recently taken of him) was officially - and exclusively - released on a promotion-only 7” flexidisc issued to subscribers of Austrian pop magazine Rennbahn Express in June 1981. Thanks to Lost in the Flood for the update.
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1978-07-08 - ARIZONA VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, PHOENIX, AZ

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / RAISE YOUR HAND / QUARTER TO THREE

Complete audience tape (Unbooted) exists in addition to soundboard audio for those songs that are circulating on film. Some of this show was filmed (in 35mm) by director Arnold Levine. Film of “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”, “Prove It All Night” and “Badlands” were originally released promotionally – with the most widely distributed promo, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”, later issued commercially (in edited form) on Springsteen’s Video Anthology video / DVD set. The full version, including band introduction, was subsequently released on the DVD set The Old Grey Whistle Test. The two other verified Levine film recordings from this show currently circulating are “The Promised Land” and “Born To Run”. All five have surfaced as bonus material on the Watchdog DVD 'Live On The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour' in outstanding quality; obviously taken a very low-generation copy of the master. A circulating film clip of “Raise Your Hand” is also from this show. The five promotional videos were officially released on the Darkness On The Edge Of Town box set in November 2010, re-edited with previously unseen camera angles by Thom Zimny. Several film clips from this show can also be seen in the promotional music video for "Save My Love". Thanks to Jeff and Brent for setlist updates.
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1978-07-09 - KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR, SAN DIEGO, CA

Springsteen is interviewed by WNEW-FM DJ Dave Herman for King Biscuit Flower Hour, a weekly syndicated program heard across the United States. Again, as was done a few days earlier at KMET-FM in Los Angeles, live recordings of “Prove It All Night” and “Paradise By The 'C'” from the Berkeley July 1 gig are broadcast as part of Bruce’s interview appearance at the station. The entire Herman program (interview and music) is available on a bonus CD with Crystal Cat’s 'Agora Night' package. A 29:11 edited version was also released on Bruce Springsteen: The Classic Interviews CD by Chrome Dreams in 2005. This omits the two live songs and about thirteen minutes of the broadcast interview. Thanks to Lost In The Flood for the update.

Being interviewed by friendly Dave Herman, Bruce opens up about a lot of the Darkness issues Herman asks about. During the interview, Herman poses questions to Bruce about being the person or the product - Bruce talks about having more money than you can spend, then come the distractions, what he wanted to be, THE Billboard Incident, how "The Boss" got started, whether he has any kind of life outside of music, how he cares about his fans, how The E Street Band got together - Bruce tells a great bit about Garry getting into the band, if he's having a good time and the Phoenix show - Bruce tells about young girl who kissed him so hard that she almost knocked out his front tooth, the age he decided to get into rock 'n' roll, the Born To Run hype and feeling things slipping away, the Darkness album being something new or a continuation, how Bruce and Landau hooked up, Born To Run recording issues, Born To Run and Darkness - time to do them, how he feels about Darkness - Bruce says, "I like it . . . in general, I think it's an honest record," number of songs done - again, Bruce says "about 30," hardest track to get down - Bruce agrees with Badlands & adds, "It was hard to sing ... I had the word, 'Badlands' and chord changes and we go into the studio and lay the track down ... And I go home. I play the tape and I'd write the words but I wouldn't do it out loud, I'd write them in my head. So, I go into the studio and I'd try to sing it and I realized what I'd written was like, it was hard to breathe and sing it all at once, so that was hard to sing," about being a rock 'n' roll star - Bruce hopes it doesn't mean a day will come when he can't get down into the crowd, and problems he's faced due to popularity - Bruce talks about the conflict between wanting to reach out but then feeling like you got to pull back but "the main thing is to cut down on the distance . . . to get as close as possible to the audience ... the whole concept is the people come and they're at the show, well, they're not at the show, they're in the show, you know, I'm not only in the show, I'm at the show ... I'm not explaining it well ... it's a paradox ... the more popular you are, the further people have to sit away to see you but you're reaching more people ... what are you gonna do ... you gotta work it out somehow. Somewhere in all that, they're talking about the music business and it's challenges and Bruce coins the term, "Capital Generator" and what that feels like. Bruce uses this term, "Capital Generator" in the opening segment right after Paradise By The 'C, thru Incident and before Racing gets played in a great summation of all that came before the Darkness tour in response to Dave Herman's opening: "What's Up?" Thanks to Dave for the interview breakdown.
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1978-07-09 - SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA, SAN DIEGO, CA

BADLANDS (4.22) / I FOUGHT THE LAW (2.26) / NIGHT (2.48) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.24) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (cut, 3.57) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.50) / FOR YOU (4.42) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.49) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (cut, 7.10) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.46) / THUNDER ROAD (5.27) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.15) / FIRE (2.37) / STREETS OF FIRE (4.23) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (5.33) / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE (11.15) / GROWIN' UP (9.40) / BACKSTREETS (10.59) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (9.11) / BORN TO RUN (4.24) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (5.57) / QUARTER TO THREE (8.27)

Audience tape. First appearance of "Streets Of Fire" since the first show of the tour. Released on CDR 'Not Fade Away'.
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1978-07-12 - DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER THEATER, DALLAS, TX

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT

Audience tape. As had been the case during every Texas tour since 1974, Springsteen proved very popular in Houston and Austin - but for some strange reason had trouble selling seats in Dallas. This show had originally been scheduled for the main 10,000 seat Convention Center Arena but due to poor advanced ticket sales it was shifted to its 1,700 seat Theater. When the Band returned to Dallas in December they would play the larger Arena. A Brucebase reader who attended comments “Concert-goers had to exchange their tickets, so there was a delay in starting the show. People were starting to get impatient and began rhythmic hand clapping and foot stomping. The MC made one announcement, but it didn't let up. All of a sudden out comes Bruce, who said something like "O.K. you guys! Hang on for a little longer until we get everyone in. We have a long show ahead of us tonight”! The above-mentioned, slightly incomplete setlist is taken from an audience tape, as released on CDR 'Get Outta My Face'. A comment on a Dallas Observer blog post claims that Springsteen played a solo piano "Independence Day", however this cannot be confirmed.
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1978-07-14 - SAN ANTONIO MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, SAN ANTONIO, TX

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / CANDY'S ROOM / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / THE FEVER / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. Bruce's first and only performance in San Antonio, TX. Springsteen gives the crowd a choice of either "Candy's Room" or "For You" - he plays both. First known version of "The Fever" since 1974, apparently played in response to calls from the crowd. Prior to the show Springsteen was interviewed over the telephone by KLBJ-FM's Steve Smith.
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1978-07-15 - RADIO STATION KILT-FM, HOUSTON, TX

Springsteen drops into the KILT-FM studio in the afternoon for a 30-minute chat with DJ Ed Beauchamp which was broadcast live. This interview (which isn't widely circulating) includes a confirmation by Bruce that his performance of “The Fever” the previous night in San Antonio was his first since the Liberty Hall show of March 10, 1974.

Topics discussed include asking Bruce about having no opening acts and what gets played at a show, to which Bruce replies that there are kids who only see you once a year and this is his night and there are songs he wants to hear, Bruce even says that about himself. "When I see someone, 'I hope he plays that'." The Fever comes up and Bruce tells about how it got to Texas and became popular down south but not in the northeast but also admits that it was "a throwaway song." Then, there's a really long pause, which causes Bruce to chime in with, "You guys are full of questions!" and chuckling. Then that woman talks about the frisbees flyin' around at the show the night before in San Antonio with a couple hitting Steve and one hitting Max. Evidently, Bruce didn't notice them getting hit as he said, "What was their reaction, did they have any reaction?"

Next, they discuss Bruce's going out into the audience and Bruce says there's been no problem yet . . . it's a certain one-on-one thing that happens...and calls the seats in front of the speakers, "suicide seats." They ask about Growin' Up with the "God Damn Guitar!" rap being long and if he ever hears anyone say, "Get on with it!" Bruce says, "Figured they fell asleep through half of it - that's why they're so quiet!" Larger venues comes next. Bruce says, it hasn't changed that much [What a difference between his fear and the reality]...the crowd's the same and they come to "see the show" and not be drugged out...though the fan reaction is different in a really nice place, like those with reclining seats..."Man, that's hard to get them up!". Newer, nicer places are harder than the old smaller beat up places...The Roxy was great. They ask about playing bars and Bruce tells a bit about playing with Gary Busey in Calabasas, CA on his night off on July 6. He reveals that the bar held about 70 and was an old Pony Express store..."just go out and do it, have fun."

A major topic follows where they get into what Bruce tries to do at the show with the audience. Bruce says "Lots to play to who you can see, but that's a mistake. There's lots more in the dark...seats go way up there...always conscious of that...just 'cause you can't see them, they're up there." The DJ asks if a big PA doesn't compensate for that? Bruce continues with...it's a mental thing that connects...if 100 rows, there are people in the 100th row...I try to watch what's going on so it's good for all. There's balcony people...there's people all over...when lights go up in a big place and you wave to someone in the last row, you know that they know that you're waving at them...it's funny how direct you can be...wave in a specific direction and zero in...a small amount know you're comin' at them...I have a certain conscious thing to play to who's out there...not just the first five...it makes a difference.

Then, Ed Beauchamp starts to Dave Marsh the interview as he rambles on about lots of topics like the band, 'C' being a cheerleader and not just a sax player, a new kind of R 'n' R, comparisons to Dylan and Chuck Berry, what Darkness is really about, etc. but he never really asks Bruce any questions, thus leaving Bruce only with short, kinda curt responses with Bruce finally dumping this on Ed, "You're doing great, I think you should do this!" Ed does get in one great point about Darkness (his fourth album) is really like it could be a first album for him, as it's totally new. "Worse thing you could have done was to try to follow up Born To Run with the same style...totally different chapter." On the difference between Darkness and Born To Run albums, Bruce says he was going for more of a live sound than a studio with overdubs...wanted less controlled sound...says Something In The Night and Darkness On The Edge Of Town were done live in the studio...Bruce says you hear the live Prove It All Night & the difference is "night & day. Big difference!"..."I guess I could sell out, do a live album or something." [NOTE: Such an odd, even bizarre comment for someone who is renowned for his live performances, yet he feels it's a sell out to release an album with those live performances on it, but, he records every show, just in case]

Beauchamp than describes Darkness as "very intimate, not claustrophobic, lots of open spaces, not hemmed in by despair - always light at tunnel's end - not negative." To which, Bruce mumbles a bit, trying to deal with Ed's big picture there, before he says, "lots of people interpreted it wrong...it's about everyday people who try to hold on to what people try to beat out of you." Bruce says, "Yeah" when Ed says, "It's kids having a hard time. Through the songs, you make people think about their own situations." [NOTE: In later years, Bruce has said somewhat the same thing about his songs.] Next, Ed asks him if the more successful he becomes, will it make it harder to relate to his fans. Bruce gets going here with, "can be distracted by money, cars...from beginning, I played for different stakes...that stuff's the booby prize...settle for that, might as well throw it all away...you win or lose it on the inside...if I don't do what I should do, no matter what I ride home in that night, I know I'm not gonna sleep."

The last big area discussed is women. Ed throws it all at him with "Women always seem to be important - always one in the background...how important are women in your life? You're not chauvinistic in lyrics, treat ladies well but they don't seem to treat you the same...Do women help or distract? [Bruce says, "Cuts both ways."] Can't tell with some songs - is it a one night stand or she does seem to be treated nicely but is it repaid in kind?...You don't have contempt for women or treat as sex objects [Bruce says, "I don't operate on that level - too romantic to do that."]...lot of romanticism in songs..." Bruce dodges most of all that but then sums it all up nicely with, "Someone asked a similar question, why characters were so (?)...On Darkness it's isolation. On Darkness On The Edge Of Town, it's one of the first songs where the character ends up by himself. I don't know how it all fits together. I guess it mirrors what I go through myself. It's a drag. With a girlfriend, you go into to make a record & that's the end of that. I'm real hard to be with. Real uncompromising on a lot of things. I'm not at an age where I want to compromise on it yet. I'm in a place where there's one thing that matters to me. Sound very fanatical about it in an almost crazy kind of way. Don't want to surrender to that." Ed says, "That rock 'n' roll," to which Bruce just says, "Yeah" and it's over.

Special thanks to Dave for the interview breakdown.
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1978-07-15 - SAM HOUSTON COLISEUM, HOUSTON, TX

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE FEVER / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). Last known version of "The Promise" on this tour and until 1999. Bruce conducts a 15-minute interview with DJ Ed Beauchamp after the show and this is broadcast on KILT-FM.
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1978-07-16 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, NEW ORLEANS, LA

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / HONKY TONK / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / THE FEVER / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape, released on CDRs ‘New Orleans Night’ and ‘Louisiana Fever’. An attendee recalls that "the show started about forty minutes late because the stage motor burned out and they couldn't move the stage back so some people didn't have seats. They were offered their money back but wanted to stay. Bruce came out and apologized for the delay and said he and the band would try to make up for it with the show. THEY DID! To this day, still the best I ever saw." Show includes an instrumental version of the song "Honky Tonk" which was originally a #2 record for Bill Doggett in 1956. According to historian Priore, this was the first rock 'n' roll instrumental hit, and the Beach Boys were the first, and one of the only, surf bands to cover it. "Growin' Up" features the goddamn guitar story. A newspaper review of the August shows in New York City states that "Heartbreak Hotel" was played tonight: "You never see the same show twice. He's got a limitless repertoire. When he played New Orleans, something happened with the sound system. So they all got out from behind their instruments and they all sang "Heartbreak Hotel" spontaneously." Unfortunately this event cannot be corroborated by the audience recording. Thanks to Jean-Claude for the corrections and research on "Honky Tonk".
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1978-07-18 - JACKSON MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, JACKSON, MS

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FOR YOU / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. Some, or all, of "Prove It All Night" was videotaped for local news, sadly no recordings of this broadcast are known. "Racing In The Street" features an unusual intro story about a Camaro driver. "Growin' Up" features the goddamn guitar story. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features an extended mariachi-style introduction and a snippet of "Macho Man" after Clarence's introduction.
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1978-07-19 - ELLIS AUDITORIUM, MEMPHIS, TN

No details known. Ellis Auditorium consists of two halls, this concert took place in the larger 6,500 seat Dixon-Myers Hall.
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1978-07-21 - NASHVILLE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, NASHVILLE, TN

BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / FOR YOU / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT

Audience tape which is incomplete, likely to be missing "Backstreets", "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" and "Quarter To Three". Live premiere of "Factory" (as far as we know - it could have been premiered at the previous show), the last song from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album to be played live. "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" is played by request. Springsteen performs with a sore throat, an ailment that would lead to the postponement or cancellation of four shows.
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1978-07-22 - BOUTWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, BIRMINGHAM, AL

Postponed show (due to illness), rescheduled and played on September 29.
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1978-07-23 - FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA, GA

Postponed show (due to illness), rescheduled and played on September 30.
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1978-07-25 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM, JACKSONVILLE, FL

Cancelled, never re-scheduled. Although noted in a pre-tour itinerary in Rolling Stone magazine, no contract for this show was signed, no local newspaper advertisements were placed and no tickets ever went on sale. The early abandonment of this proposed gig had nothing to do with Springsteen’s throat infection and postponement-rescheduling of the concert in Atlanta two nights earlier (see above listing).
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1978-07-26 - CIVIC CENTER, LAKELAND, FL

Cancelled show, never re-scheduled. Although noted in a pre-tour itinerary in Rolling Stone magazine, no contract for this show was signed, no local newspaper advertisements were placed and no tickets ever went on sale. The early abandonment of this proposed gig had nothing to do with Springsteen’s throat infection and postponement-rescheduling of the concert in Atlanta three nights earlier.
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1978-07-28 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, MIAMI, FL

SUMMERTIME BLUES / BADLANDS / NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / I FOUGHT THE LAW / FOR YOU / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape, CDR available 'Summertime In Miami'. First known version of "Summertime Blues", and the last appearance in 1978 of "Night". Bruce mentions that he considered "Heartbreak Hotel" for the title of the album but decided against it because he "didn't have the guts."
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1978-07-29 - BAYFRONT CENTER ARENA, ST PETERSBURG, FL

OH BOY / BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / AROUND AND AROUND / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape available on CDR 'First Time in St. Petersburg' (Fanatic). Set features the debut of "Oh Boy" to open the show and the second "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" of the tour. Other than club performances, Chuck Berry's "Around And Around" is not played again until 2002, in Albany, NY. Bruce says they played the song at the Student Prince in Asbury Park - this was probably in 1971 with the Bruce Springsteen Band. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes the "Come A Little Bit Closer" introduction and Roy playing a bit of classical piano during the band introductions. Newspaper reviews talk of 2,000 unsold tickets for this show. Thanks to Pekka for updated set information, and to Chris for the press clippings including the full annotated setlist - click the link above to view.
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1978-07-31 - TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM, COLUMBIA, SC

OH BOY / BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

No known audio. The above 20-song setlist is courtesy of Brucebase reader Chris, who made a note of the setlist after the show. This is highly likely to represent the complete set. "Oh Boy" opens for the second time. Just the one change from the previous show in St. Petersburg, with "Adam Raised A Cain" replacing "Around And Around". Big thanks to Chris for the information.
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1978-08-01 - GAILLARD MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, CHARLESTON, SC

SUMMERTIME BLUES / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / THE FEVER / SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / I FOUGHT THE LAW / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

No known audio. Above setlist is courtesy of Brucebase reader Chris, who made a note of the set after the show. The 24-song set is likely to be one of the longest of the tour to-date. Bruce opens the show with the "Summertime Blues" into "Badlands" combination. Set also includes the third "Streets Of Fire" of the tour, the fourth "The Fever" and the fifth "I Fought The Law". The first known E Street performance of "Sweet Little Sixteen" since the band performed backing duties for Chuck Berry in 1973. Thanks to Chris for the information.
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1978-08-02 - CHARLOTTE COLISEUM, CHARLOTTE, NC

LUCILLE / BADLANDS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)

Possible audience tape. No full details known but the show opened with Little Richard's "Lucille" into "Badlands". Thanks to Diana via Killing Floor and Wayne for confirmation on that. An attendee recalls that "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" was played, and dedicated to her.
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1978-08-04 - CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER, CHARLESTON, WV

OH BOY (1.52) / BADLANDS (4.24) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (7.00) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.13) / FACTORY (2.21) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.25) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (9.55) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.09) / THUNDER ROAD (5.24) / JUNGLELAND (9.15) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.10) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.36) / SHERRY DARLING (4.11) / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE (12.21) / GROWIN' UP (11.18) / BACKSTREETS (11.51) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.41) / BORN TO RUN (4.41) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.30) / QUARTER TO THREE (cut, 4.40)

Soundboard recording. Released on CD 'Oh Boy' (BS) and more recently in a remastered version sourced from the master tapes (according to the cover art) with the same name from E. St. Records. Set includes the third and last known version of "Oh Boy" and the premiere of "Sherry Darling" with some of the early lyrics found in the Darkness outtakes of the song. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Macho Man" after Clarence's introduction.
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1978-08-05 - LOUISVILLE GARDENS, LOUISVILLE, KY

BADLANDS (4.17) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.41) / SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN (2.56) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (3.40) / FACTORY (2.42) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.07) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (9.41) / RACING IN THE STREET (7.54) / THUNDER ROAD (5.01) / JUNGLELAND (8.43) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.18) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.11) / SHERRY DARLING (3.42) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (12.14) / GROWIN' UP (9.58) / BACKSTREETS (start cut, 11.22) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.31) / BORN TO RUN (4.06) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (end cut, 5.41)

Soundboard sourced - flat sound with some hiss but good instrument separation. This circulating audio is only missing the (one or two) encore songs that followed “Because The Night”. To start the show the MC announces "They're Off!" in recognition of the Kentucky Derby. Bruce loses his place during “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”, which results in an unusual instrumental break until he picks up the song again. Following this show Springsteen gives a backstage interview to journalist David White, which was first broadcast on September 3 on Radio Station 2SM in Sydney, Australia as part of an in-house produced “Bruce Springsteen Story” history-music-interview Special (it included the live “Prove It All Night” promo audio from the Berkeley July 1 show). Thanks to Wessley for the info.
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1978-08-07 - WINGS STADIUM, KALAMAZOO, MI

SUMMERTIME BLUES / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN’ UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT

No circulating audio. Nearly every gig on the Darkness Tour was a sell out or a virtual sell out. There were only three or four exceptions and this show was the most glaring one - with just 3,000 of the 6,500 tickets sold. The majority of the setlist above is taken from an partial audience recording, taped on a 8-track recorder, the rest from the recollections of those present. Several songs are still missing, however. Thanks to Joe and Chris for this information. A brief review, which incorporates an interesting post-concert backstage chat with Bruce, mentions “Growin’ Up” (with the ‘Let It Rock’ story) as having been performed. No other titles are articulated. Contributors to the Greasy Lake website recall that "Spirit In The Night" and "Sherry Darling" were played. Bruce was on a guaranteed performance fee but mentions in the interview that he is going to compensate the show's promoter for the financial loss sustained. Setlists and/or audio long-circulating and alleged to be from this gig are in fact slight permutations of the audio from the November 25 show in St, Louis, MO. Consequently Kalamazoo’s seemingly strange setlist (for the mid-tour period) is incorrect and “The Ties That Bind” did not make its world debut at this August 7 show.
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1978-08-08 - RYERSON THEATRE, RYERSON UNIVERSITY, TORONTO, ON

Cancelled concert (probably prior to any public announcement of its booking), never re-scheduled. In August 1978 Ryerson University was known as Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and this gig, noted in some in-house CBS Tour Itinerary documentation, was planned for the school’s 1,200 seat Ryerson Theatre. Reason for the cancellation is unknown.
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1978-08-09 - THE AGORA, CLEVELAND, OH

Soundcheck: SUMMERTIME BLUES

SUMMERTIME BLUES (2.28) / BADLANDS (4.12) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.35) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.00) / FACTORY (2.13) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.18) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (9.32) / RACING IN THE STREET (9.05) / THUNDER ROAD (5.17) / JUNGLELAND (9.00) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.10) / FIRE (2.26) / SHERRY DARLING (3.45) / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE (13.05) / GROWIN' UP (12.10) / BACKSTREETS (11.53) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.29) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.28) / BORN TO RUN (4.23) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (7.07) / RAISE YOUR HAND (4.25) / TWIST AND SHOUT (6.32)

Soundboard and radio broadcast tapes. Broadcast by WMMS and simulcast by WABX in Detroit, WDVE in Pittsburgh, WEBN in Cincinnati, WLVO in Columbus, OH, WXRT in Chicago, KSHE in St. Louis and KQRS in Minneapolis with a total audience for the broadcast estimated at three million. It's interesting to note that this show was later mastered by Bruce's management and given to KSAN in San Francisco who broadcast it as a replacement for a scheduled Winterland rebroadcast sometime in 1979, WNEW-FM in New York City for a broadcast on Easter Sunday of 1979 and WWDC 101 in Washington D.C. on November 5. The song order of the WNEW-FM broadcast was adjusted, and the tape was edited to remove references to Cleveland. WMMS themselves also rebroadcast the entire gig on November 5. This remastered tape has fantastic stereo separation and coupled with the fact that this is a good show in the first place, it has to rank as one of the best of the available shows in 1978. 22-song set opens with "Summertime Blues". Clarence's intro during "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" contains a snippet of The Village People's hit "Macho Man". Released on LP and CD. The most recent (and best quality) CD releases of this show are 'Agora Night' (Crystal Cat) which is from the Pre-FM reels and 'Just In Time For Summer'. Also available on CDs 'Agora 1978' (Supersonic) and 'Summertime Bruce' (E. ST.).

In May 2012 Cleveland's Plain Dealer reported that Agora owner Henry LoConti was attempting to release a four-CD set of the show. While one audio feed (for radio) went to a production truck (actually an old school bus converted into a recording studio by Sam Kopper, a former announcer at Boston's WBCN) outside the venue, another went to Agency Recording Studios above the Agora, which recorded the show onto 24-track tape. LoConti transferred this tape and made ten copies of the box set, which also includes Springsteen's June 1974 set at the Agora. Copies were sent to Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and Springsteen's management asking permission to issue the set, with all proceeds going to the Western Reserve Historical Society. Sadly, no permission was forthcoming. In addition, LoConti also claims that the set includes an extra track not included on bootlegs, but as far as we know, "Twist And Shout" was the final song, a position which is supported by press reports.
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1978-08-10 - ROCHESTER COMMUNITY WAR MEMORIAL, ROCHESTER, NY

SUMMERTIME BLUES / BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN / PARADISE BY THE "C" / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / SHERRY DARLING / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). Similar set to Cleveland, "Sweet Little Sixteen" opens the second set, and "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" moves from it's slot in the encores. Final encore song is "Quarter To Three".
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1978-08-12 - AUGUSTA CIVIC CENTER, AUGUSTA, ME

SUMMERTIME BLUES / BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / SHERRY DARLING / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / RAISE YOUR HAND / QUARTER TO THREE

Complete set details not known and no known audio. Above songs are culled from attendee recollections of the show, and a review in the Bangor Daily News from August 14, 1978. This is likely to represent the majority of what was played tonight - one or two songs may still be missing. It's highly likely that "Because The Night" was played after "Born To Run". The attendee also notes that during a great version of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", Bruce was acting up running around before running to the microphone and announcing "someone stop me... before I hurt myself" and collapsing to the stage. Clarence rushes over to play sax over him and a few girls rush the stage and huddle around him until he revives and they are whisked away and he continues. "Growin' Up" features a mid-song story with him being chased by armed forces and "Backstreets" features Bruce referencing the singer Stevie Lawrence and singing a Lawrence song "Pretty Blue Eyes" before going back to "...hiding on the backstreets". Thanks to Andy for all these recollections. The back of the stage area of this 8,700 seat venue was curtained off and consequently the seating was reduced to 6,000 for this show.
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1978-08-14 - HAMPTON ROADS COLISEUM, HAMPTON, VA

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FOR YOU / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). First known "High School Confidential" to start off the show. Set also includes the first "For You" of August and another outing for "Sweet Little Sixteen".
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1978-08-15 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD

SUMMERTIME BLUES (1.55) / BADLANDS (4.17) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (7.09) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.05) / FACTORY (2.40) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.24) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (11.02) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.00) / THUNDER ROAD (5.25) / JUNGLELAND (cut, 3.40) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.33) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.30) / SHERRY DARLING (3.49) / SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN (3.08) / GLORIA - NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE (12.21) / GROWIN' UP (11.04) / BACKSTREETS (edits, 11.30) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (cut, 12.27) / BORN TO RUN (4.39) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (7.01) / QUARTER TO THREE (13.44)

Audience tape and soundboard from the video feed. A concert perhaps best known for the outstanding video footage available. "Backstreets" has some lines from "Pretty Flamingo" in the 'Sad Eyes' section. Tremendous versions of "Quarter To Three" (particularly the video) and "Prove It All Night" with the cab driver intro and an outstanding guitar solo. "Jungleland" cuts after Steve's guitar solo, and the start of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" is also missing - presumably due to tape changes. The show features a particularly loose and active Bruce, maybe because the next day he was going home to New Jersey for the first time in a year. The video now circulates in good quality on DVD 'I F*cked Everything Up'. Available on CDR 'From Town To Town' and 'It's Such A Sight To See'. The video footage was released (in upgraded quality) as a factory-pressed two-DVD bootleg called 'Live On The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour' on the Watchdog label.
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1978-08-18 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Soundcheck: THE FEVER (several takes and chatter, 11.35) / THE HARDER THEY COME (several takes, 12.17) / SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME (5.13)

Audience tape (Unbooted). Likely taped outside the arena, with lots of audible arguing and traffic noise. Tracks are reasonably clear throughout. Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come" is an astounding, majestic rearrangement of the reggae classic. A high quality recording of this would be a stunner. It won't be until 2012 that Springsteen actually plays "The Harder They Come" in concert, in Austin accompanied by Jimmy Cliff.

SUMMERTIME BLUES (2.16) / BADLANDS (4.11) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.27) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.15) / FACTORY (3.31) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.15) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (9.26) / RACING IN THE STREET (7.57) / THUNDER ROAD (6.14) / JUNGLELAND (9.04) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.23) / THE FEVER (6.52) / SHERRY DARLING (4.53) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE (10.31) / GROWIN' UP (10.16) / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (9.10) / BORN TO RUN (4.17) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.02) / RAVE ON (with Gary Busey) (3.04) / QUARTER TO THREE (with Gary Busey) (9.22)

Audience tape. Two recording sources available. The first circulates on the LP 'The Philadelphia Special' and on CDR 'Racing In The Street' (Fanatic). The second source entered circulation via JEMS and the ER Archives from the master tapes in June 2013. This tape is a huge upgrade and one of the best quality audience recordings of the Darkness Tour, made complete using patches from 'The Philadelphia Special'. Gary Busey guests on "Rave On" and "Quarter to Three". WIOQ Radio DJ Ed Sciaky interviews Bruce backstage after the show - this is broadcast the very next day, on August 19. Thanks to Johnny Savage for the soundcheck review.
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1978-08-19 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (2.46) / BADLANDS (4.16) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.46) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (3.47) / HEARTBREAK HOTEL (2.09) / FACTORY (2.13) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.47) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (9.56) / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD (fades in, 4.41) / JUNGLELAND (8.57) / RAVE ON (with Gary Busey) (1.49) / THE FEVER (7.33) / SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN (3.33) / SHERRY DARLING (3.25) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (5.55) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (11.40) / GROWIN' UP (start cut, 3.30) / BACKSTREETS (10.27) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (8.30) / BORN TO RUN (4.28) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.16) / QUARTER TO THREE (cut, 4.26)

Incomplete soundboard recording released on CD 'The Jersey Devil' (Golden Stars) and also in improved quality from a soundboard tape which belonged to Ed Sciaky. Audience recording also exists. 'How Sweet It Is' (Fanatic) is a composite of the two former sources, in an attempt to construct the best sounding, most complete recording. "Good Rockin' Tonight" is played for the first time as well as "The Fever" once again. "Prove It All Night" fades out at the end, "Racing In The Street" is missing from the soundboard, but confirmed as played via the audience tape. "Thunder Road" fades in, "Growin' Up" is edited and "Quarter To Three" fades out. The recording of "Prove It All Night" found on The Jersey Devil is a fake, actually sourced from a completely different show. Gary Busey guests again on "Rave On". "Growin' Up" includes the story of Bruce meeting Clarence. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes the "Come A Little Bit Closer" intro. "Quarter To Three" includes "Oh, What A Night" in the midsection.
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1978-08-21 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Soundcheck: includes JAMBALAYA (ON THE BAYOU) / THUNDER ROAD (instrumental)

SUMMERTIME BLUES (2.19) / BADLANDS (4.29) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.59) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.10) / HEARTBREAK HOTEL (2.02) / FACTORY (3.25) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.28) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (9.55) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.26) / THUNDER ROAD (5.38) / JUNGLELAND (9.44) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.26) / THE FEVER (8.35) / SHERRY DARLING (3.57) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.23) / SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN (3.08) / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE (11.46) / GROWIN' UP (9.55) / BACKSTREETS (11.48) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.13) / BORN TO RUN (4.42) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.54) / QUARTER TO THREE (9.58)

Audience tape. Released on CDRs 'MSG Night 1', 'New York City Darkness' and 'Big Time Rock And Roll' (Ev2) in great quality from Mr Anonymous' master cassettes. Also available as part of a six-CD set from Godfather titled "History Is Made At Night", along with the other two shows in the Madison Square Garden stand. This release utilises Mr Anonymous's audience tapes. Excellent quality marred only by sound glitches in "Summertime Blues" and "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)". Great version of "Heartbreak Hotel" and Bruce dedicates "Sweet Little Sixteen" to his sister Pam, who appears on stage the next night. Bruce raps a few lines from "Maybelline" during the "Growin' Up" story. Bruce is interviewed on WABC TV for ten minutes with J Siegal before the show, and some brief video footage of "Spirit In The Night" exists. Backstreets magazine #59 reports on a soundcheck that includes Hank Williams' "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" and an fifteen minute instrumental "Thunder Road" while Springsteen circles the arena checking the sound.
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1978-08-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (3.08) / BADLANDS (4.04) / STREETS OF FIRE (4.13) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.20) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (3.52) / FACTORY (3.01) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.00) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (cut, 9.41) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.16) / THUNDER ROAD (5.04) /Sweet Little Sixteen JUNGLELAND (8.47) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.06) / FOR YOU (4.34) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (5.58) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.31) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (11.11) / GROWIN' UP (10.59) / BACKSTREETS (10.52) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (8.36) / BORN TO RUN (4.18) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.17) / QUARTER TO THREE (11.11)

Audience tape. Show features Bruce's sister Pam coming on stage during the last song - click the link above to view photographs. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a couple lines from Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" in the midsection. "Quarter To Three" includes a few lines from The Dells' "Oh, What A Night". Released on CDRs 'MSG Night 2', 'Edge Of Darkness' and the excellent quality CDR 'Good Rockin' Tonight' (Fanatic) from Mr. Anonymous's master cassettes. Available as part of a six-CD set from Godfather titled 'History Is Made At Night', along with the other two shows in the Madison Square Garden stand.
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1978-08-23 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (3.10) / BADLANDS (4.25) / STREETS OF FIRE (4.21) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (7.38) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.13) / HEARTBREAK HOTEL (2.08) / FACTORY (4.11) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.30) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (11.00) / RACING IN THE STREET (9.35) / THUNDER ROAD (5.29) / JUNGLELAND (9.40) / FOR YOU (5.00) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.09) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (5.01) / FIRE (2.42) / SHERRY DARLING (3.48) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.27) / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE (14.54) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (5.20) / BACKSTREETS (13.24) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.53) / BORN TO RUN (4.36) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.43) / QUARTER TO THREE (10.34)

Audience tape. Released on CDRs 'MSG Night 3', 'For New York City' and from the master cassettes, 'High School Confidential' (Fanatic), Available as part of a six-CD set from Godfather titled 'History Is Made At Night', along with the other two shows in the Madison Square Garden stand. This release utilises the Fanatic sources. "Factory" is dedicated to Tex Vinyard. Bruce's mother Adele takes to the stage during "Quarter To Three": "Here’s my mother....but Mom, I’m tired....but Mom, I can´t....I should have never flown you from California."
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1978-08-25 - NEW HAVEN VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, NEW HAVEN, CT

Soundcheck: HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FOR YOU / IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / SHERRY DARLING / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). Show includes the only known '78 tour version of Ike & Tina Turner's "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" in the second set - this song was last played in 1975 and is never played again with the E Street Band - to date anyway. Released on CDR 'Veteran's Memorial'. Following this show, Bruce is interviewed by Bob Harris for the Old Grey Whistle Test UK TV show - click the link above to watch the interview. The interview along with a live clip of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" from the show of July 8 is broadcast on March 27, 1979.
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1978-08-25 - TOAD'S PLACE, NEW HAVEN, CT

ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DOUBLE SHOT (OF MY BABY'S LOVE) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN / PRETTY FLAMINGO

Bruce and Clarence join Beaver Brown. Apparently, the whole band were at the club but they didn't all play. Brucebase reader Phil recalls "Beaver Brown played "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" at every show back then, so they knew it cold. Bruce was psyched and he and John Cafferty kept huddling after each song to figure out what to play next. I think I remember them playing "Midnight Hour", "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)", and "You Can't Sit Down", but it was crazy and we may have had a few beers, there could have been more (or fewer) songs." Bob Harris, of Old Grey Whistle Test fame, recounts this show in his biography The Whispering Years. He recalls the band playing "Pretty Flamingo" and also states that a 'section of the set' was recorded.
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1978-08-26 - PROVIDENCE CIVIC CENTER, PROVIDENCE, RI

SUMMERTIME BLUES / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FOR YOU / SHERRY DARLING / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / CANDY'S ROOM / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE (cut) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (?)

Audience tape. Two recording sources are available, one of the entire show (although "Quarter To Three" cuts short). A second wonderful audience recording from the master cassettes of just the first set also circulates. This tape cuts 7:36 into "Jungleland". According to sources present, ten minutes after the usual show closing "Quarter To Three" Bruce and the band returned to the stage and played a 15-minute version of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". This was not captured on the circulating audience tape. "Growin' Up" includes the 'teenage werewolf' story. A 15-minute interview with Robin Young is recorded by WBZ TV prior to the show. Click the link above for several fantastic photos courtesy of Peter Howes/AsburyBrucePhotos and a newspaper review.
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1978-08-28 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / FACTORY / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / LOST IN THE FLOOD / PARADISE BY THE "C" / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / CANDY'S ROOM / NOT FADE AWAY - MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

There is no circulating audio from this show. The setlist above is perhaps complete (although not necessarily in the right order), with maybe one or two titles missing, at most. Culled from reports in the Pittsburgh papers and attendee recollections. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that all but one of the Darkness tracks are performed, "Adam Raised A Cain" being the only absentee. Another Pittsburgh newspaper mentions “Something In The Night” returning for the first time in a couple of months, while the Pittsburgh Press mentions a stunning piano solo rendition of “Lost In The Flood” that opens the second set and played as a special request - and Bruce utilizes his lyrics notebook to ensure he doesn’t mess it up. The song is dedicated to Blaine, who had recently been killed in a motorcycle accident. Click the link above to read reviews from the Beaver County Times and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Quarter To Three" features Bruce and Clarence atop the speaker stacks on opposite sides of the stage, before Bruce climbs on to the Big Man's shoulders. They both continue to play while Clarence walks around. The final encore also includes a stretcher brought on stage by two men dressed in white. Tour premiere of "Lost In The Flood", and first performance of the song since December 27, 1975 in Philadelphia.
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1978-08-29 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / BADLANDS / CANDY'S ROOM / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / (I HEARD) THAT LONESOME WHISTLE / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / THE FEVER / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / SHERRY DARLING / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). Only known Springsteen performance of Hank Williams' "(I Heard) That Lonesome Whistle" and the first "It's My Life" for the tour. Brief video clips of "High School Confidential" and "Badlands" are included in a PM Magazine feature. "High School Confidential" is not on the audience tape, but can be seen on the video.
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1978-08-30 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / IT'S MY LIFE / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / CANDY’S ROOM / THE FEVER / LOST IN THE FLOOD / GROWIN' UP / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

No known audio. The 24-song set above is the complete show, courtesy of Brucebase reader Chris, who was present. "Lost In The Flood" makes another rare appearance in its piano-solo incarnation, and "It's My Life" is played again after premiering the previous night. Another reader present comments: "I can tell you he opened with Elvis's "Good Rockin' Tonight", and played almost the same show as the Detroit show right after -- "Badlands", "Spirit in the Night", "Streets Of Fire", "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", the "life story" version of "Growin' Up", et al. He did that incredible solo piano version of "Lost In The Flood", a killer "Born To Run". He also played "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" and encored with "Runaround Sue" with all of the house lights on. What a night!" Thanks to Mark Kuhar for the report. Despite this recollection, "Runaround Sue" was not played, it was in fact "Quarter To Three" with a few lines from "Runaround Sue" added. Following the show WNEW-TV filmed an interview with Bruce for its PM Magazine programme.
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1978-08-31 - THE AGORA, CLEVELAND, OH

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

Soundboard tape and excellent pro-shot film which is readily available on DVD. Bruce (and several E-Streeters) with Southside Johnny in the early hours of August 31 following their gig at the Richfield Coliseum. Springsteen only features on the three songs listed above, but Garry Tallent and Clarence Clemons stuck around for at least one more song, "Stagger Lee", video footage of which also circulates. A fan present writes, "We were at the Agora on August 31. We had tried desperately to get tickets for Bruce that night at the Coliseum but it got sold out. The Agora gig was actually a Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes gig that started about three hours late because, as Southside stated, they had to wait for their lead guitarist (Miami Steve) to get done with another gig across town. Bruce joined the band in the second set and they rocked into the wee hours of the night, neither the band nor the crowd wanted to leave... it was about 4am when we finally got home (with little, or no voice). Great intimate concert with Bruce and Southside."
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1978-09-01 - MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE, DETROIT, MI

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (2.58) / BADLANDS (4.26) / STREETS OF FIRE (6.41) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (4.07) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.03) / HEARTBREAK HOTEL (2.01) / FACTORY (4.07) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.17) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (10.00) / RACING IN THE STREET (9.23) / THUNDER ROAD (5.15) / JUNGLELAND (9.20) / LOST IN THE FLOOD (5.40) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.01) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (4.43) / CHIMES OF FREEDOM (5.03) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (14.26) / GROWIN' UP (12.19) / BACKSTREETS (11.41) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.39) / BORN TO RUN (4.46) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (7.01) / QUARTER TO THREE (cut, 5.48)

Audience tape. Set includes the solo piano version of "Lost In The Flood" which was only played three times on the '78 tour. This was the last known version of the song until the final show of the 2000 New York City stand. Also features the premiere of Dylan's "Chimes Of Freedom", which will be resurrected on later tours. Bruce reads the lyrics from a music stand. "Growin' Up" includes the 'Teenage Werewolf' story. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features a whistled intro. Excellent show. Released on CD 'Darkness At The Heartbreak Hotel' and four songs are included as bonus tracks on 'Winterland Night' (Crystal Cat). CDR released in 2010 'Wild Cathedral Evening' (JEMS / Flynn) from the master cassettes - a considerable upgrade. Video footage of the first three songs also circulates - the end of "Good Rockin' Tonight", most of "Badlands", and the start of "Streets Of Fire". This film is probably recorded by a local news crew.
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1978-09-02 - PINE KNOB MUSIC THEATRE, CLARKSTON, MI

Springsteen, Ken Calvert (area Promotions Manager for Columbia), as well several others in the Springsteen entourage take the Darkness Tour bus to Pine Knob to catch a Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band concert. Bruce had mentioned to Calvert (who knew Seger) that he wanted to see Michigan’s favorite son in action. This was the first time Seger and Springsteen (mutual admirers of each others work) had ever met. Seger was aware Springsteen was coming and delivered an extraordinary performance. Following the show Springsteen and Seger spent a considerable amount of time backstage chatting, talking shop and singing some impromptu oldies. It has been speculated that Springsteen’s exceptional show and one-off performance of “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘N' Roll Shoes” the following night in Saginaw was inspired by this night’s events. Bob Seger would join Springsteen onstage for a memorable guest appearance on October 3, 1980 at the University Of Michigan.
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1978-09-03 - SAGINAW CIVIC CENTER, SAGINAW, MI

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (3.02) / BADLANDS (4.50) / STREETS OF FIRE (4.15) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (7.10) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.04) / IT'S MY LIFE (4.51) / FACTORY (4.48) / HEARTBREAK HOTEL (2.06) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.31) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (10.33) / RACING IN THE STREET (9.33) / THUNDER ROAD (5.22) / JUNGLELAND (9.21) / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.20) / FIRE (2.33) / SHERRY DARLING (3.39) / (I DON'T WANT TO) HANG UP MY ROCK 'N' ROLL SHOES (3.27) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.03) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (4.42) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (12.30) / GROWIN' UP (12.24) / BACKSTREETS (11.00) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.23) / BORN TO RUN (4.39) / QUARTER TO THREE (12.21)

Audience tape. Only tour performance of Chuck Willis' 1958 hit "(I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock 'N' Roll Shoes," which would reappear 31 years later on the final night of the Working On A Dream tour. One of the last performances of "Growin' Up" of this tour - and a great version. This show is said to be one of the finest of the tour - a performance that often lives in the shadow of the radio broadcasts but is definitely on the same level of the "big 5" despite the limitations of an audience recording. The tape does not include "Because The Night" but it is unknown whether Springsteen skipped it or if it is merely missing from the recording. As far as we know It has been ever-present in the set since June 30 in Berkeley. Released on CD 'Killers In The Sun' (Winged Wheel) a re-master of that boot was released as 'Isn't Canada A Long Ways From Here' and several songs are bonus tracks on 'Roxy Night' (Crystal Cat). Also available from the JEMS master cassettes, the quality of this transfer is a substantial upgrade over 'Killers In The Sun'. Meanwhile, an interview with Bruce recorded August 6, 1978 is aired on 2SM Sydney, Australia.
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1978-09-05 - VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, COLUMBUS, OH

SUMMERTIME BLUES / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / IT'S MY LIFE / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / SHERRY DARLING / CANDY'S ROOM / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). Incomplete tape that fades at the end of "Because The Night". The second set cuts in right at the start of "Sherry Darling", suggesting that perhaps one or two other songs are missing. Last "Summertime Blues" for the tour. Review in local paper has "Quarter To Three" as last song. This concert was originally scheduled to take place on April 24, 1978, but it was moved after the start of the tour was put back a month or so.
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1978-09-06 - UPTOWN THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted) of good quality available on CDR 'Uptown Theatre' and also a 2013 transfer from JEMS' digital clone of the analogue master titled 'Relentless As The Rain'. 23-song set includes the last "Growin' Up" of the tour, during which Roy plays a snippet of "Frère Jacques" and Bruce tells the "teenage werewolf" story. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes the "Come A Little Bit Closer" introduction.
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1978-09-09 - ATHLETIC & CONVOCATION CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, SOUTH BEND, IN

BADLANDS (4.59) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.08) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (7.07) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.10) / IT'S MY LIFE (4.47) / FACTORY (3.37) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.30) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (cut, ?) / RACING IN THE STREET / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" (3.21) / DOUBLE SHOT (OF MY BABY'S LOVE) (4.29) / LOUIE LOUIE (2.09) / FIRE (2.38) / FOR YOU (4.55) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.37) / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE (13.16) / BACKSTREETS (11.20) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.40) / BORN TO RUN (4.31) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.08) / QUARTER TO THREE (10.22) / TWIST AND SHOUT (6.17)

Audience tape (Unbooted). Premiere of "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" which is excellent, followed by the first Springsteen performance of "Louie Louie". Set opens with "Badlands", the first time since August 5 that Springsteen has not opened with a cover. Released on CDR 'The Hunchback Of E Street' and 'South Bend '78'. The tape is incomplete, cutting during "Prove It All Night" and missing the end of the first set.. An excellent review by Stephen Belmont in The Observer, the school's student newspaper, confirms that "Racing In The Street" and "Jungleland" were also played (the latter closing the first set), and it's highly likely that "Thunder Road" was sandwiched between the two. Belmont's description of the events at the end of the show is worth repeating here: "Halfway through [Quarter To Three], the lights went up and some people started to leave. Others couldn't leave. They were hooked, blind drunk on a triple shot of Springsteen rock. They screamed, stammered, and waved their arms, paying no attention to the roadies who had already removed one of the big curtains from behind the stage. Meanwhile, behind the stage friends of mine encountered an exhausted Springsteen. 'They're not going to leave,' said one, 'until you play one more.' And play one more Bruce did. And those who had waited 'Twisted and Shouted' for a final, frenzied, fun-filled, fabulous time." Thanks to Tim Neely for sending The Observer coverage to Brucebase.
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1978-09-10 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Full setlist now known - thanks to Terry via Killing Floor, but another reader contributed his memory of the night and states that he recalls "The Fever" as part of the set. Another fan pointed out that the boot LP 'Lip Sync In Cincinnati' is from this show but it turns out that the boot is actually a selection of tracks from September 19, so there is no known audio circulating from this show. Set includes the first "Detroit Medley" of the tour.

This particular night was the special broadcast of a two-hour special radio show on King Biscuit Flower Hour (KBFH) which was a series of interviews and mostly album tracks but also included two live cuts from July 1.
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1978-09-12 - ONONDAGA COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, SYRACUSE, NY

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAVE ON / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). 23-song set includes "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" and "Rave On". During "Spirit In The Night" Bruce enters the audience while sitting on Clarence's shoulders and "Quarter To Three" features two bogus doctors carrying Springsteen off stage after he collapses on the piano. Click the link above for more insights from newspaper reviews of the show.
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1978-09-13 - SPRINGFIELD CIVIC CENTER, SPRINGFIELD, MA

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted) of good sound quality. "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" is missing from this recording, but given the edit on the tape and previous setlists it was certainly played between "Spirit In The Night" and "Heartbreak Hotel". Click the link above to read an excellent review of the show, and to listen to audio of "Prove It All Night".
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1978-09-15 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (start cut, 3.44) / BADLANDS (4.12) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN (4.22) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.56) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (5.54) / I FOUGHT THE LAW (2.10) / FACTORY (2.49) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.52) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (9.14) / RACING IN THE STREET (9.28) / THUNDER ROAD (4.51) / JUNGLELAND (8.37) / KITTY'S BACK (cut at start, 10.57) / FIRE (2.28) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.36) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (4.22) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.03) / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE (11.32) / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape available on CDR 'Kitty's Back in New York' and 'First Palladium Night - Live In New York City Night 1' (Earlmv). Show opens with "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", only ever done twice (Meadowlands on August 9, 1999 is the other), and the song is dedicated to Muhammad Ali who would defeat Leon Spinks in the Heavyweight Championship fight in New Orleans the same night. The last "Adam Raised a Cain" of the tour is played, as well as the last known version of "Something in the Night" until the 1999/2000 Reunion Tour, and the first known version of "Kitty's Back" since March 1976, played because someone in the crowd was yelling for it so much that Bruce asked the crowd to shut him up. Thanks to Jerry for the extra insight. Thanks also to Cliff for confirming that "Quarter To Three" was the final song of the night. WPLJ DJ Carol Miller interviews Bruce backstage after the show.
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1978-09-16 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.58) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.10) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.29) / FACTORY (3.43) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.35) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (10.10) / RACING IN THE STREET (10.00) / THUNDER ROAD (5.20) / JUNGLELAND (9.31) / KITTY'S BACK (edits,12.11) / FIRE (2.43) / CANDY’S ROOM (cut, 2.34) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (5.58) / POINT BLANK (6.43) / MONA - NOT FADE AWAY - SHE’S THE ONE (12.38) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (9.28) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (cut, 8.22) / BORN TO RUN (4.22) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.04) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.00) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (4.29)

Complete setlist. Audience tape (Unbooted), released on 'Saturday Night At Newyork Palladium' (Midnight Dreamer), another tape exists missing the first two songs performed. The audio, which sounds like it emanates from two separate sources, is of varying quality. Set includes the first "Point Blank" (with a still-evolving lyrics/arrangement) since July 7. "Independence Day" also returns, now performed with the band. “Backstreets” is dropped from the show for the first time on this tour but is replaced by the tour debut of “Incident On 57th Street”. "You Can't Sit Down" returns to the set, last seen at the beginning of June. A news review says that "Meeting Across The River" was played tonight, but Springsteen's comments before the song the following night ("we haven't done this in a long time, we're gonna try...") indicate that this is an error. Following the show DJ Vin Scelsa from New York radio station WNEW-FM records a 15-minute interview with the E Street Band, which is broadcast on September 19 along with the live broadcast of that show.
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1978-09-17 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

BADLANDS (5.06) / STREETS OF FIRE (4.42) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.50) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.10) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.32) / FACTORY (2.56) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.31) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (7.37) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.44) / THUNDER ROAD (5.40) / MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER (3.43) / JUNGLELAND (9.46) / KITTY'S BACK (12.13) / FIRE (2.40) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.04) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (7.16) / POINT BLANK (6.40) / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE (12.35) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (9.58) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.08) / BORN TO RUN (4.40) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.08) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.47) / QUARTER TO THREE

Soundboard tape which lacks "Quarter To Three". Includes the first version of "Meeting Across The River" since 1976 and an excellent version of "Incident On 57th Street", dedicated by Bruce "to the girl who gave me the big bag with all the weird candy in it". Released on CDR 'Someday We'll Look Back On This' (BTS7) and more recently on 'The Lost Soundboard Tape' (from Asbury Records AR16/17/18), and an upgraded 'Hussey Remaster'.
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1978-09-19 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ

BADLANDS (4.58) / STREETS OF FIRE (4.49) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.52) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.12) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.27) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.23) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (9.27) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.03) / THUNDER ROAD (6.28) / MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER (3.16) / JUNGLELAND (9.39) / KITTY'S BACK (12.41) / FIRE (2.52) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.02) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.34) / POINT BLANK (6.33) / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE (11.27) / BACKSTREETS (11.30) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.17) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.36) / BORN TO RUN (4.27) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (3.54) / DETROIT MEDLEY (7.22) / RAISE YOUR HAND (4.22)

Radio broadcast, soundboard tapes (all three nights in Passaic were recorded by the Record Plant's mobile unit, both on multi-track and live-to-two track) and professionally shot in-house black and white video. Probably one of the best all-time concert recordings. Broadcast on WNEW-FM New York and nine other stations in the north-east, including WBCN-FM and WCOZ-FM Boston, WIOQ-FM Philadelphia and WIYY-FM Baltimore. Set includes great versions of "Because The Night" and "Fire," and also includes what many consider to be the finest examples of "Racing In The Street" and "Thunder Road" ever. Essential. Also, video footage is available. A short live excerpt from this show (Bruce's band introduction during "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)") was officially - and exclusively - released on a promotion-only 7" flexidisc issued to subscribers of Austrian pop magazine "Rennbahn Express" in June 1981. Thanks to Lost in the Flood for that info. Following the show, WBCN-TV news reporter Felipe Luciano interviews Bruce. Released on CDs 'Piece De Resistance' (Great Dane), 'Southside Bruce And The E Street Jukes' (Seagull), 'USA 1978' (Arriba), 'Passaic Night' (Crystal Cat) and 'Passaic Night' (Scorpio). Also available on CDR 'The Way It Was - September 19th'; a direct transfer of the radio broadcast and includes all the station breaks, chat and interviews as they were heard on WNEW.

All of the concert now circulate on an average-to-poor quality DVD, although a recently enhanced two-DVD version has been released, which is worth getting. Unfortunately the last hour of the DVD only circulates with a VCR generated "timecode" on-screen display, which obstructs and distracts. This footage without the timecode does however circulate amongst private collectors. That TV report by New York's "Channel 4 News," which includes partial, pro-shot colour footage of three songs from this show ("Badlands," "Spirit In The Night" and "Born To Run") and a short backstage interview, is circulating on fan-made DVDs. A full copy of the programme can be downloaded here. (right click, save as, 6mb). Thanks Peter.
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1978-09-20 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ

Soundcheck: WEDDING BELLS (several takes, 7.45) / THE TIES THAT BIND (instrumental warm up + full take, 5:44) / GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (1.05) / (piano instrumental, 1.29) / THUNDER ROAD (instrumental, 2.02) / I'M ALIVE (2.46) / (guitar instrumental, 1.14) / WHOLE LOTTA LOVE (instrumental, 1:06) / DON'T BE CRUEL (vocal ad-lib, 0.23) / I CAN'T HELP IT (IF I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU) (1.32) / GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY (two takes, 1.46) / HEY PORTER (vocal ad-lib, 0.02) / I WALK THE LINE (0.54) / (I HEARD THAT) LONESOME WHISTLE (0.33) / (piano instrumental, 0.32) / GO AWAY (COME CLOSE) (several takes, 7.42) / HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (0.28) / GO AWAY (COME CLOSE) (1.09)

Audience tape (Unbooted) and partial in-line video with soundboard audio. Super-fascinating soundcheck, another taped from outside the venue. In the middle of a three-night stand at the Capitol, Bruce works through several Hank Williams-Johnny Cash classics, tackles the 1964 Hollies single "I'm Alive," Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and addresses new material as well. "Go Away (Come Close)" is a moody, minor key ballad, either newly written or from the Darkness album sessions. Another one that got away. Meanwhile, "The Ties That Bind" may well be the band's first performance, as Bruce carefully reviews chord changes before they try it out. The raw, edgy arrangement is very different from the Searchers-styled rendition Springsteen would debut in concert in November, being more like Jeff Beck-era Yardbirds, a la "You're A Better Man Than I". The careful arrangement of "Wedding Bells" is stark and moving, with slower versions approaching the mood Bruce would later achieve with "Used Cars" on 1982's Nebraska. Thanks to Johnny Savage for the review.

These recordings all likely derive from this one soundcheck. Previously Brucebase has placed this soundcheck session under September 19, with the reasoning that there would be no need to do a soundcheck before the second night of the stand since Bruce carried his own sound crew on the road. However, it seems unlikely that Springsteen would carry out a soundcheck with such experimental content prior to an important radio broadcast. There may have not been a necessity to perform a soundcheck in the middle of a three night stand, but that doesn't mean that Springsteen wouldn't use the opportunity to work on new material. In addition, the soundcheck has historically been considered to have taken place on this date (prior to Brucebase listing the soundcheck on September 19, we had it listed here, on September 20). The first three songs listed above, plus segments of "Point Blank" and "Kitty's Back," circulate on DVD from an excellent in-line source.

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (3.14) / BADLANDS (4.27) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.56) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.11) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.35) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.26) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (10.05) / IT'S MY LIFE (5.21) / THUNDER ROAD (5.38) / JUNGLELAND (9.40) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (3.53) / FIRE (2.50) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.12) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.53) / POINT BLANK (8.26) / KITTY'S BACK (12.58) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (10.55) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.12) / BORN TO RUN (4.45) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.05) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.45) / TWIST AND SHOUT (8.56)

Complete show available on pro-shot video, soundboard audio sourced from the video feed and a 2011 transfer of a two-track recording recorded by the Record Plant's mobile unit. "It's My Life" played by request from the crowd. Listen after "It's My Life" for Roy starting the intro to "Racing In The Street," but Bruce deciding to skip it and go right into "Thunder Road." First "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" of the tour, last played in December 1975. Debut of the extended instrumental introduction to "Point Blank". Early 2012 saw new audio and video sources of this show emerge; 'Douceur de Vivre' (JEMS) (translates as 'the sweetness of life') is possibly one of the best quality recordings of Springsteen in existence (both official and unofficial) and is a must for any collector. This tape does not have the cuts to "Jungleland" and "Incident On 57th Street", but does lack the start of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and the end of "Twist And Shout". 'Douceur de Vivre' uses patches from the video source to fill in the missing parts. Subsequent to the JEMS version, Godfather released a copy on CD "Second Night At The Capitol Theatre". Also available on CD '2nd Night At The Capitol Theatre' (Winged Wheel) and 'Tonight It's Just You And Me', both of which use the old line video as source. The soundcheck can be found on CD 'Capitol Soundcheck' from Great Dane,

The concert was professionally filmed on the Capitol Theatre's in-house video system. The resulting film is technically lacking, but very well shot with excellent direction. The two-DVD 'Live In Passaic - September 20th 1978' from Brucevideos uses a recently unearthed video source, and is a substantial visual upgrade over the existing sources. This DVD uses the JEMS audio. All video sources are missing the start of "Jungleland" and thirty seconds of "Incident On 57th Street" due to tape changes. Part of the soundcheck (including takes of "Wedding Bells" and "The Ties That Bind") also circulates on video.
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1978-09-21 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (3.16) / BADLANDS (4.40) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (7.14) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.16) / SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN (3.14) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (6.12) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.29) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (10.42) / RACING IN THE STREET (9.16) / THUNDER ROAD (5.36) / MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER (3.33) / JUNGLELAND (9.46) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (4.10) / FIRE (3.00) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.14) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (7.36) / POINT BLANK (8.12) / KITTY'S BACK (14.33) / THE FEVER (8.40) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (11.43) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.34) / BORN TO RUN (4.55) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.29) / QUARTER TO THREE (10.28)

Soundboard tape. As with the first two nights in Passaic, the concert was recorded by the Record Plant's mobile unit, both on multi-track and live-to-two track. It is assumed that the show was also filmed on the in-house video system, but no footage has ever emerged. Final performance of "Kitty's Back" on this tour. Bruce messes up "Racing In The Street", forgetting the lyrics. Bruce asks the crowd to choose between "The Fever" and "Incident On 57th Street", and the resulting cheers are so close he plays both. Particular highlight is the seven song stretch after "Fire", including a rare transition from "Incident On 57th Street" into "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". The latter features an instrumental snippet of "Macho Man" after Clarence's introduction. There was no scheduled show for Springsteen’s birthday on September 23, so they celebrated it at this gig – and, to his amazement, Bruce receives a very unique birthday cake onstage, courtesy of the band and crew. Springsteen introduces "Sweet Little Sixteen" (played for the seventh and last time this tour) as "a birthday song to myself". Released on CD 'The Bosses Birthday Party' (BS) and re-issued in 2004 as 'Singin' Our Birthday Songs' (Godfather). Early in 2012 an upgraded version of the soundboard was released, sourced from the master live-to-two track soundboard reels. The quality is similar to the previous night, if perhaps not with the same level of clarity. This recording includes the entire "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out and "Quarter To Three", both of which are missing from the old tapes. Available as 'Coup de Grace' (JEMS/Hoserama).
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1978-09-23 - BOARDWALK, ASBURY PARK, NJ

On his 29th birthday Bruce travels to Asbury Park for an interview with Mike Greenblatt of The Aquarian and photographer Bob Sorce. They wait for him on the boardwalk near The Casino until he turns up some time after 1:30pm, having just got up. After lunch at the Convention Hall Coffee Shop, they move on to the beach before Bruce drives to Freehold and other towns in the area, taking in locations like The Upstage and Tinker West's surfboard factory. The interview was re-produced in Backstreets #31 from Winter 1990.
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1978-09-25 - BOSTON GARDEN, BOSTON, MA

GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT / BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE’S THE ONE / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE

Surprisingly, given that Boston contained some of Bruce’s most rabid fan base, there is no known audio from this show. The above-mentioned setlist is culled from critic Steve Morse’s review in the Boston Globe. The track listing for the first set is complete and in the correct performance order. Springsteen opened the second set with “Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town”. There are likely two songs from the second set not listed above, as they were not articulated in Morse’s review. (One of these was "Candy's Room" - thanks Frank). Morse notes the rarely utilized “New York City Serenade” as being performed at the tail end of the show, although fans present state that it was in fact "Incident On 57th Street" that was played. "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" was played because Bruce said he didn't think they would make it back before Christmas time, and "Not Fade Away" - "She's The One" was the choice of the crowd over "Kitty's Back" - thanks Richard.
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1978-09-26 - RADIO STATION WBCN-FM, BOSTON, MA

From his Boston hotel room Springsteen telephones WBCN DJ Mark Parenteau and takes part in a forty-minute live interview.
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1978-09-29 - BOUTWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, BIRMINGHAM, AL

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / THE FEVER / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DETROIT MEDLEY

Audience tape. Last version of "Paradise By The "C" for the tour. Released on CDR 'The Alabama Slammer'. Concert re-scheduled from July 22.
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1978-09-30 - FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA, GA

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (3.32) / BADLANDS (4.30) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.39) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.01) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.18) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.20) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (10.50) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.04) / THUNDER ROAD (5.18) / JUNGLELAND (9.23) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (3.51) / NIGHT TRAIN (2.42) / FIRE (2.40) / CANDY'S ROOM (fades, 2.52) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.57) / POINT BLANK (7.37) / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE (11.55) / BACKSTREETS (start cut, 11.12) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (cut, 9.50) / BORN TO RUN (4.54) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.06) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.10) / RAISE YOUR HAND (5.35)

Regional live FM broadcast simulcast by about twenty radio stations throughout the south-eastern United States. This was a make-up show that had originally been slated for July 23, but which had been postponed (along with three others) due to Bruce coming down with a throat infection. On the audio Bruce can be heard apologizing for being sick and missing the original date. Excellent radio broadcast released on CD 'Fox Theatre Presents The Boss' (PPL), 'Here's To Ya, Pts 1, 2 & 3' (Turtle Records) and in best quality as 'Same Old Played Out Scenes' (Doberman). In August 2011 a pre-FM recording titled 'The Fox' (JEMS) emerged - a major upgrade over the FM broadcasts. Unfortunately this recording is incomplete, missing the encores, around six minutes of "Prove It All Night", and the start of "Racing In The Street". On the flip-side "Backstreets" is now complete, and several spoken segments are no longer missing. The quality of this recording is peerless, and an essential listen. This upgrade is also available on three-CD set 'The Definitive Atlanta' (Masterpiece), 'Night Train To Georgia' (Vintage Masters) and 'Everybody's Rockin' Tonight' from Godfather. The gig contains the only known Springsteen performance of James Brown's “Night Train” (while the stage is cleared of the fake snow that fell during "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"), and stand-out renditions of "Independence Day" and "Backstreets". Thanks to Robert for details.
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1978-10-01 - FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA, GA

THE LAST TIME / BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / IT'S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER / JUNGLELAND / FOR YOU / FIRE? / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / KITTY'S BACK / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Incomplete audience tape (Unbooted) of the first set only (up to "Jungleland"). There is no known audio of the second set. Premiere of the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time" (one of only three known versions outside of clubs) and the last known "It's My Life". The nearly complete second set above is courtesy of an attendee who had the forethought to make a note of the setlist. The song after "For You" was written as a question mark - it's quite likely to be "Fire". A fan present recalls "The second night was added after the re-scheduling and so has the correct date. That's the second show I went to that year and it remains my holy grail of live tapes. The one song I know for sure that's not listed is "Incident On 57th Street" segueing into "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", as on The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle. "Quarter to Three" returned in place of "Raise Your Hand". I remember it being a longer show than the Saturday show" Thanks to Robert for the info. A contributor to the Greasy Lake website recalls "it included the early version of "Point Blank" and ended with "Kitty's Back", "Incident On 57th Street" and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" with the album piano coda linking both songs. For the second encore he played "Raise Your Hand" and an extremely high energy "Quarter To Three" that ended with Bruce standing on Roy's piano and ripping his shirt off before leaping off and dancing off stage as Miami Steve directed the band to the finish." It has been suggested that the show included "New York City Serenade" - given the evidence we have it's certain that "New York City Serenade" was NOT played.
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1978-10-17 - THE TROUBADOUR, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

MONA / NOT FADE AWAY

Audience tape. With The Knack. Available on CD 'Ultra Rare Trax Vol 1' (Mosquito). Bruce apparently went on to jam with the band later that night and may have given them the impetus to later record "Don't Look Back". Some tape exists of this late night session with Bruce teaching The Knack's drummer Bruce Gary how to play "Rendezvous" at his hotel room at The Sunset Marquis. Thanks to the Uber seeder for the details and the full signed photo of Bruce and the band above.
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1978-10-26 - SPRINGSTEEN RESIDENCE, HOLMDEL, NJ

THE TIES THAT BIND (4:05) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3:40) / THE TIES THAT BIND (0:46) / TONIGHT (3:47) / TONIGHT (1:24) / TONIGHT (3:11) / TONIGHT (2:57) / TONIGHT (3:33) / TONIGHT (3:51) / WILD KISSES (I’M GONNA TREAT YOU RIGHT) (4:16)

After a month’s break in the Darkness Tour, and a few days away from the start of the final tour leg, Bruce convenes a band rehearsal in a converted barn on his farmhouse property on Telegraph Hill Road in Holmdel, NJ. This barn, which Bruce had been using for band rehearsals since mid-1976, was nicknamed the “Telegraph Hill Studio”, although in reality it was not a studio - there were no high level room acoustics or recording facilities. The above-mentioned partial setlist (the actual performing order is not known) is culled from very crudely recorded audio that is believed to emanate from this October 1978 rehearsal. Unfortunately the sound quality is not good and Springsteen’s vocals are buried beneath the instruments. All this audio has been in circulation since 1984 (originally among only a few people in cassette form). However the audio seems to have quickly been broken up into individual tracks and didn’t circulate complete. This material then soon trickled into the hands of vinyl bootleggers and within 15 months all the material had appeared on various different (vinyl) bootlegs – most of it misidentified.

The 1984-1994 history of this rehearsal audio from cassette tape (just a few collectors) to vinyl (a limited group of collectors) to CD (a very wide group of collectors) warrants elaboration here. “Wild Kisses” first appeared in mid-1985 as a bonus 7” single in the very rare colored vinyl edition of the ten-LP box set ‘All Those Years' (SC Records). Soon afterwards, in early 1986, both “Wild Kisses” plus one of the takes of “Tonight” appeared on the scarce four-LP set ‘Studio Collection' (Babel Records). In mid-1986 one of the takes of “Ties That Bind” and another take of “Tonight” appeared on the vinyl LP boot ‘Fever' (Backstreets Records). Finally, in early 1987 all of the audio appeared on the extremely rare vinyl LP boot “At Home' (Rock Records). However due to the scarcity of these (above noted) vinyl bootleg titles this rehearsal audio was not well known in the collector community until it appeared in the 1990s on widely distributed CD format bootlegs. This material is often listed as emanating from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town studio sessions – however the audio dynamics are clearly from a rehearsal location, not a studio environment. All this audio became widely known when it appeared on the big-selling 1990s era CD boot 'Unsurpassed Springsteen Vol 6' (Yellow Dog).

The rehearsal itself would have lasted much longer, so the known audio likely represents only a part of the session. The audio includes three takes of “The Ties That Bind”, six takes of “Tonight”, one take of the Buddy Holly-ish “I’m Gonna Treat You Right (Wild Kisses)”. As it turned out, “The Ties That Bind” made its public live debut at Princeton a few days later. The well-known rehearsal take of "Janey Needs A Shooter" was previously listed here, please see The River - Studio Sessions page for details on this track.
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1978-11-01 - JADWIN GYM, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, PRINCETON, NJ

Soundcheck: THUNDER ROAD / BADLANDS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / THE FEVER / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. First show of the final leg of the Darkness Tour. Premiere of "The Ties That Bind". A reader present comments "I rank this as one of the all-time greatest Bruce concerts (of the 50+ I have attended and I know I’m just a piker on that standard). The audience jumping and dancing caused the gym floor to vibrate and move up and down". A contributor to the Greasy Lake website also recalls "Amidst the madness, I recall that the Jadwin gym floor was oscillating wildly - from our seats in the north stands it looked like the folks on the floor were standing on the surface of the ocean, rocked by waves". The “urban legend” is that this concert caused structural damage to the facility and that this was the last major rock concert to take place in Jadwin Gym. An article in the college newspaper The Daily Princetonian from November 7 does report damage to the surface of the basketball court (mainly caused by chair legs gouging holes in the hardwood floor), but nothing more substantial, even in the weeks and months after the concert. Myth busted? Click the link above to read a series of clippings from The Daily Princetonian.
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1978-11-02 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD

BADLANDS (4.48) / STREETS OF FIRE (4.31) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.24) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.14) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (3.51) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.01) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.57) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (cut in tape turn, 8.24) / RACING IN THE STREET (tape warp, 7.57) / THUNDER ROAD (4.51) / JUNGLELAND (8.27) / FIRE (2.30) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.43) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.08) / POINT BLANK (7.05) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE (11.29) / BACKSTREETS (11.42) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.44) / BORN TO RUN (4.30) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.29) / QUARTER TO THREE (fades out, 6.49)

Soundboard recording. Released on CD 'Quarter To Three' (Seagull) and more recently on 'It's Dangerous Down There Tonight' (Z004) from a new high quality lower generation tape. The show is filmed from the screen above the stage. This footage most likely remains in the vault.
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1978-11-04 - PATRICK GYM, UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, BURLINGTON, VT

BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Only a partial set known. Springsteen returns to UVM for the first time since December 8, 1974 – this time the show takes place on campus in the 2,400 set Patrick Gymnasium. There is no known audio from this show. Partial setlist details are culled from a review of the show in the school newspaper. There is also a review in the Burlington Free Press the following day with more song details - see link above to read a transcription.
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1978-11-05 - UNH FIELDHOUSE, UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, DURHAM, NH

SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / INDEPENDENCE DAY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / JUNGLELAND / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / NOT FADE AWAY - GLORIA - SHE’S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DETROIT MEDLEY

Sadly there is no known audio from this show. There had been tremendous anticipation on campus, the crowd was completely ecstatic and Bruce responded with a scorching performance. Partial setlist details above (not necessarily in the correct sequence) are known via an insightful review of the show in the school newspaper the following day which you can read by clicking the link above.
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1978-11-07 - BARTON HALL, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHACA, NY

BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. The first-ever rock concert at Cornell with a reserved seating policy. The twenty song setlist (above) is the complete show. “Fire” opens the second set. First known show to include "I Get Mad" in "She's The One". Confusion reigns on the day of the show when a band of merry pranksters went around campus posting leaflets announcing the concert had been cancelled. It hadn’t. Available on CDR 'The Boss Blows Out Barton'.
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1978-11-08 - MONTREAL FORUM, MONTREAL, QC

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. "I Get Mad" included in "She's The One" again. After the show, Bruce conducts a five minute phone interview with Montreal radio station CHOM. First ever performances in Canada of "Streets Of Fire", "The Ties That Bind", "Independence Day", "Candy's Room", "Because The Night", and "Point Blank". Available on CDR 'A Short Trip to Montreal'.
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1978-11-10 - REILLY CENTER, ST BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY, ST BONAVENTURE, NY

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / BADLANDS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / LOUIE LOUIE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOIN' ON / QUARTER TO THREE

Incomplete audience tape (starts at "Independence Day") with speed fluctuations. There is some debate as to the identity of the opening song. The St. Bonaventure 1979 yearbook states that "Badlands" opened, but we have several independent reports that it was, in fact, "Good Rockin' Tonight". "Streets Of Fire" probably follows "Badlands", and the fourth song is "Spirit In The Night" with Bruce out amongst the audience. It's missing from the tape, but in all likelihood "Backstreets" followed "She's The One". Set features a rare performance of "Louie Louie", and "Detroit Medley" has a line from "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" thrown in. The show was featured in an article in the school newspaper, titled "Kinetic Springsteen Rocks RC". Thanks to Steve Gadziala and Adam Yalowich, both of whom were SBU students at the time.
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1978-11-12 - RPI FIELD HOUSE, RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, TROY, NY

Soundcheck: BADLANDS (start cut) / HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / (I DON'T WANT TO) HANG UP MY ROCK 'N' ROLL SHOES / HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (start only) / POINT BLANK (instrumental only) / APACHE / THE PROMISED LAND (partial)

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / RAVE ON / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape released on CD ‘Live In Troy’ (IMT). Complete, good sound for the era, and a fine show. The 27-minute soundcheck tape has very poor sound quality but does feature a complete rendition of British band The Shadows’ 1960 instrumental hit "Apache", a song which Springsteen and the band had played in concert at a few club shows in 1973 but are not known to have performed since.
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1978-11-14 - UTICA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, UTICA, NY

RAVE ON / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - GLORIA / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / LOUIE LOUIE / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. Last known "Louie Louie" for the tour. According to a newspaper review, at one point Bruce was tap dancing on the piano.
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1978-11-16 - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, TORONTO, ON

READY TEDDY (1.41) / BADLANDS (4.54) / STREETS OF FIRE (4.39) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.15) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.05) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.20) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.10) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (cut, 9.39) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.09) / THUNDER ROAD (5.53) / JUNGLELAND (9.14) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.19) / FIRE (2.53) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.45) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (start cut slightly, 6.49) / POINT BLANK (7.57) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - GLORIA (14.01) / BACKSTREETS (11.42) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (cut, 4.00) / BORN TO RUN (4.29) / DETROIT MEDLEY (speed fluctuations, 8.09) / QUARTER TO THREE (12.02)

Audience tape (runs fast) - very muddy sound. Includes the one and only tour performance (and first ever Springsteen performance) of Little Richard's "Ready Teddy" as the show opener.
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1978-11-17 - MUNN ICE ARENA, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST LANSING, MI

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - GLORIA - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

No audio circulates. Complete setlist is courtesy of Jill Whitworth, who made a note of the setlist after the show. Reviews in The Michigan Daily on November 19 and The Lanthorn, student newspaper of Grand Valley State University, confirm that "High School Confidential" opened the show. Click the link above to read the articles.
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1978-11-18 - MILLETT HALL, MIAMI UNIVERSITY, OXFORD, OH

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - I GET MAD - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Full setlist from Terry via Killing Floor - another setlist recollection had "High School Confidential" as the show opener - thanks to Alan and Wendy Golski via Greasy Lake. There is no known audio in circulation.
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1978-11-20 - ASSEMBLY HALL, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN, IL

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / THE TIES THAT BIND / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - GLORIA / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" opens the second set. The show was featured in the 1979 Yearbook of the University Of Illinois - click the link above to read.
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1978-11-21 - McGAW HALL, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, EVANSTON, IL

RAVE ON / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). Set opens with "Rave On" and the second set kicks off with "The Ties That Bind".
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1978-11-25 - KIEL OPERA HOUSE, ST LOUIS, MO

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / FOR YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). Available on CDR 'Open Out On The Turnpike'. Note: recent comparisons with the show trading as August 7 have shown the latter to be this show with "Independence Day" missing.
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1978-11-27 - MECCA ARENA, MILWAUKEE, WI

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN

Incomplete audience tape missing "Racing In The Street" and most of the encores. Judging by previous setlists, the encores are likely to be "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", "Detroit Medley" and "Quarter To Three". First appearance of "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" for the Christmas season; it was also played several times at the end of September.
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1978-11-28 - DANE COUNTY MEMORIAL COLISEUM, MADISON, WI

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND (start cut) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / BACKSTREETS

Incomplete audience tape missing all songs after "Backstreets" (Unbooted). Sound worsens in second set.
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1978-11-29 - ST PAUL CIVIC CENTER ARENA, ST PAUL, MN

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. Super 8mm video footage long thought to be from this show is actually from June 10 in Bloomington, MN.
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1978-12-01 - LLOYD NOBLE CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA, NORMAN, OK

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND (cut) / THE TIES THAT BIND / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / POINT BLANK (cut) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / QUARTER TO THREE (cut)

Audience tape. Decent sound quality with a few cuts and a wild crowd. Set features the longest "Prove It All Night" introduction of the entire tour - click the link above to listen.
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1978-12-03 - SIU ARENA, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, CARBONDALE, IL

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (2.30) / BADLANDS (4.34) / STREETS OF FIRE (5.03) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.16) / I FOUGHT THE LAW (2.31) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.07) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.19) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.11) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (cut, 10.48) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.13) / THUNDER ROAD (5.07) / JUNGLELAND (9.01) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.18) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (4.29) / FIRE (2.45) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.54) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (7.07) / POINT BLANK (7.16) / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD (12.20) / BORN TO RUN (4.20) / DETROIT MEDLEY - LUCILLE (9.16) / QUARTER TO THREE (cut, 7.23)

Audience tape missing two songs that were likely played: "Backstreets" and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Average quality and seems to run a little fast. Set features the only known inclusion of Little Richard's "Lucille" in "Detroit Medley".
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1978-12-05 - LSU ASSEMBLY CENTER, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, BATON ROUGE, LA

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

There is no known audio from this show. The above-mentioned setlist is from a fan recollection that is deemed reliable. The majority of this recollection is confirmed via a handwritten list noted on the back of a ticket by a fan that attended the show. The list seems to be missing a few songs, particularly from the start of the second set.
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1978-12-07 - SPECIAL EVENTS CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / THE FEVER / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

Incomplete audience tape. Bruce messes up the lyrics to "Thunder Road". Set features a new style to the introduction of "She's The One" with the inclusion of "Preacher's Daughter" for the first time - this is a regular for the next few shows. Show also includes "The Fever". Setlist pieced together from tape and news article sources. Click the date/location link above for the articles and pictures. Many thanks to Wil for the research here.
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1978-12-08 - THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX

BADLANDS (4.45) / STREETS OF FIRE (4.58) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (4.26) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.04) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.30) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.18) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.07) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (10.52) / RACING IN THE STREET (9.18) / THUNDER ROAD (5.14) / JUNGLELAND (9.24) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.20) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (4.08) / THE FEVER (7.42) / FIRE (3.00) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.12) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (7.57) / POINT BLANK (7.42) / MONA - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD (11.55) / BACKSTREETS (8.54) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.10) / BORN TO RUN (4.34) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.05) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.00) / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (cut, 2.54) / QUARTER TO THREE (cut, 4.10)

Incomplete audience tape (missing the final track) and mostly complete in-house video. Set includes good versions of "Because The Night" and "Point Blank" - watch for Clarence missing his cue during the former, and Bruce's subsequent reaction. Complete show is recorded on the in-house video system, and is officially released on DVD and Blu-ray on the Darkness On The Edge Of Town deluxe box-set in November 2010. "Quarter To Three" is missing from the circulating audience tape but is included (unfortunately edited) on the official DVD. The video showcases stand-out versions of many songs, including a searing "Streets Of Fire", "Prove It All Night" (with one of the longest introductions of the entire tour) and Texas-favourite "The Fever" with some great interplay between Danny and Clarence. "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" is dedicated to "all the folks from the Liberty Hall days," referring to Bruce's shows at the famous Houston venue in 1974. The 100th show of the tour, and one of the few Darkness concerts that does not include the full 'Sad Eyes' sequence in "Backstreets". The DVD also lacks a fair amount of the between-song chat, presumably due to cuts on the original recording. "Racing In The Street" is edited, with the end of the coda apparently patched in from another date.
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1978-12-09 - DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER ARENA, DALLAS, TX

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / THE FEVER / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / RAISE YOUR HAND / QUARTER TO THREE.

Setlist submitted by visitor - it's also possible there is an incomplete audience tape of about half the show. Reviewed by The Dallas Morning News.
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1978-12-11 - UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, BOULDER, CO

Cancelled (prior to any local promotion or tickets going on sale), never rescheduled. This gig is noted on CBS’s tour itinerary files - yet the University’s Archives Department has researched the matter for Brucebase and reports that no Springsteen concert took place, or was even pre-advertised.
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1978-12-13 - TUCSON COMMUNITY CENTER ARENA, TUCSON, AZ

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (3:02) / BADLANDS (4:22) / STREETS OF FIRE (4:46) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6:52) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (5:31) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (5:22) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (6:10) / THE PROMISED LAND (5:27) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (cut, 6:17) / RACING IN THE STREET (8:45) / THUNDER ROAD (5:40) / JUNGLELAND (9:03) / THE TIES THAT BIND (4:07) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (5:13) / THE FEVER (8:20) / FIRE (3:15) / CANDY'S ROOM (2:48) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6:59) / POINT BLANK (8:21) / MONA - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD (12:37) / BACKSTREETS (6:51) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (13:07) / BORN TO RUN (4:56) / DETROIT MEDLEY (8:34) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (3:59) / QUARTER TO THREE (cut, 5:04)

Audience tape - runs fast. No full 'Sad Eyes' interlude in "Backstreets". Prior to the show, Bruce conducts a ten-minute interview with KSAN Radio, which is broadcast in the interval of the December 15 show.
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1978-12-15 - WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

BADLANDS (4.43) / STREETS OF FIRE (5.10) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.39) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.20) / FACTORY (3.25) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.25) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (11.30) / RACING IN THE STREET (9.05) / THUNDER ROAD (5.18) / JUNGLELAND (9.42) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.24) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (7.41) / THE FEVER (7.47) / FIRE (3.03) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.06) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (7.12) / POINT BLANK (8.24) / MONA - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD (12.44) / BACKSTREETS (11.58) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.34) / BORN TO RUN (4.26) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.10) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.02) / RAISE YOUR HAND (4.32) / [QUARTER TO THREE / TWIST AND SHOUT] (read notes below)

FM Broadcast (KSAN radio) and soundboard tapes - this is a master reel recording and includes three tracks not broadcast. What can you say! The versions of "The Promised Land" and "Prove It All Night" are exceptional and "Backstreets" is better than that. Probably the most famous show Bruce will ever do. It should be noted that the source tape appears to run slightly slow. Released on CD 'Live At Winterland' (Golden Stars), 'Live In The Promised Land' (Great Dane Records), 'Winterland Night' (Crystal Cat) and most recently (and in best quality) on CDR 'Prodigal Son at Winterland - 25th Anniversary Remaster' (Prodigal Son). This is a remaster of 'Winterland Night'. This show (and potentially the next night) may have been filmed on the Winterland's in-house video system. However, no concrete evidence has ever emerged that indicate this is the case. Certainly there is plenty of video of other artists from around the same time, but the most likely scenario is that any film was lost in a fire at Bill Graham's San Francisco warehouse offices in 1985. It's possible that a copy may still reside in Springsteen's vaults. A review of the show by Joel Selvin was printed in the San Francisco Chronicle - click the above link to read it.

Current thinking that "Quarter To Three" (previously thought to be from this show) which is included on just about every release of this show is from another soundboard yet to be identified. It is not from the following nights performance as the audience tape does not match. The identity of the final song has been the topic of heated debate over the years, one fan present says "It looked like the show was over. The band was gone. But no one else would leave. The place - I guess about 5000 in festival seating, actually standing - was just roaring, going nuts. Bruuuuce, on and on. Finally he came back alone, and the band finally trickled out and Bruce said, "We're off the radio now, but I'll do one more for you guys. This is the first song I ever learned to play on the guitar," and then "Twist and Shout". A great version, too. He was standing on speakers ten feet off the floor. I was there and I'd stake my life on it." Thanks to John H for the info. However, others are just as insistent that the final song was "Quarter To Three", and other concerts around this time all have "Quarter To Three" as the final song, which supports this view. There is an interview with photographer P.J. Plutzer in Backstreets magazine #49 (Spring 1995), and he clearly states that "Quarter To Three" was the final encore. Plutzer shot some forty shows between 1975-84 including both Winterland gigs. Thanks to HazyDavy for bringing this to our attention. Given the evidence, It is feasible (and perhaps most likely) that both "Quarter To Three" and "Twist And Shout" were played, as in Seattle five days later. In this case, "Quarter To Three" was the final song of the encore, and Bruce returned to the stage some minutes later with "Twist And Shout". The possibility remains that the "Quarter To Three" on 'Winterland Night' is actually from this show, but taken from an alternative, unbooted, source. There are no known other source tapes for the final song as far as we know.
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1978-12-16 - WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / BADLANDS / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / THE FEVER / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE - GLORIA / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOING ON / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape and partial soundboard. Available on CDRs 'Winterland: The Second Night' and 'A Night In Heaven'. Tour premiere of "Rendezvous", which Bruce dedicated to Greg Kihn. Bruce forgets the words to "Racing In The Street". Audio recording of “Fire” from this show was officially released on the Live 1975-85 box set, although preceded by a short spoken intro that actually originates from the Roxy show on July 7. Soundboard recordings of "Thunder Road", "Jungleland" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" circulate on CD 'Live 1975-88' (Orange Records), while "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" can be found on CD '85-75 The Outtakes' (Catch 22).
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1978-12-18 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, PORTLAND, OR

Cancelled and rescheduled to the next day. Reason for cancelling is unclear, but poor weather is perhaps the most likely culprit.
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1978-12-19 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, PORTLAND, OR

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (3.19) / BADLANDS (4.31) / STREETS OF FIRE (5.16) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.36) / RENDEZVOUS (2.44) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.09) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.26) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.12) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (10.26) / RACING IN THE STREET (9.28) / THUNDER ROAD (5.12) / JUNGLELAND (cut, 5.35) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.21) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (10.07) / RAVE ON (2.24) / FIRE (2.49) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.58) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (7.42) / POINT BLANK (8.25) / MONA - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD (13.34) / BACKSTREETS (13.25) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.11) / BORN TO RUN (4.17) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.01) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.03) / QUARTER TO THREE (10.07)

Audience tape of exceptional quality. Released on CD 'Paramount Night' (Crystal Cat). Also available from the master cassettes (by Pat Lee), although Paramount Night is slightly better with more punch, to this writer anyway. The sound quality of the first set is remarkable. Unfortunately it decreases somewhat during "Jungleland", and never really recovers to previous levels. This concert was re-scheduled from December 18.
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1978-12-20 - SEATTLE CENTER ARENA, SEATTLE, WA

BADLANDS (cut, 2.24) / STREETS OF FIRE (start cut, 1.54) / RENDEZVOUS (3.03) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (7.00) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.25) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.40) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.31) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (slight cut, 11.43) / PRETTY FLAMINGO (10.48) / THUNDER ROAD (5.56) / JUNGLELAND (9.59) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.31) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (9.24) / FIRE (2.52) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.10) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (8.18) / THE FEVER (8.26) / MONA - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE - GLORIA (14.15) / BACKSTREETS (12.11) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.45) / BORN TO RUN (4.49) / DETROIT MEDLEY (9.53) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.19) / QUARTER TO THREE (11.32) / RAVE ON (2.24) / TWIST AND SHOUT (7.07)

Audience tape. Famous concert when Bruce returned to the stage after the house lights went on to perform the last two numbers to a stunned remaining few. Excellent show includes the first version of "Pretty Flamingo" since the '75 tour. No "I Get Mad" in "She's The One", it's replaced by "Gloria". Released on CD 'Pretty Flamingo' (BM), 'This Is For The Crazies' (Anubis) and in superior quality as 'Seattle, Ho Ho Ho' (Ev2) from the master reels. This transfer includes the flawed "Badlands" and "Streets Of Fire".
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1978-12-27 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / PRETTY FLAMINGO / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / THE FEVER / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. Thanks to Jonathan and Bill for the amended setlist. "Backstreets" was not played at this show. Newly available on a remastered CDR 'Lights Out Tonight' which gets it's name from not only the first line of "Badlands", but also from "Point Blank", when Bruce sings "…one false move and baby the lights go out." At that point in this show they did kill the stage lights. The taper was sitting near to the sound and light board and in the darkness one of the techs knocked his clipboard onto the floor, which can be heard on the tape. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the 7,000 tickets for two nights at the Stanley Theatre sold out faster than any other concert in recent memory. The article also mentions that "Adam Raised A Cain" was performed, but this can't be verified by the audience tape. If true it would be a rarity - it hadn't been played for some three months. Click the link above to read the full review.
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1978-12-28 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA

RAMROD / BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / THE FEVER / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / POINT BLANK / NOT FADE AWAY - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / RAVE ON / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape. First known version of "Ramrod", played in an arrangement that's not all that different from all later versions. There are clear variations in the lyrics, however. Audio of "Ramrod" can be heard by clicking on the date/location link above. Set also includes "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" in an unusual slot in the first set, and "Not Fade Away" returns to the "She's The One" medley after nearly two months.
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1978-12-30 - COBO ARENA, DETROIT, MI

BADLANDS / STREETS OF FIRE / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / RAVE ON / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / THE FEVER / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / POINT BLANK / MONA - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE / TWIST AND SHOUT

Audience tape available as 'Celebrating Early' (JEMS Archive) transferred from a first generation tape and released in early 2013. A report from a fan present has "Twist And Shout" played with the house lights on at the end of the show, a recollection that is confirmed by another attendee. It's not on any audio available though. Thanks to Killing Floor for the information.
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1978-12-31 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH

BADLANDS (4.46) / STREETS OF FIRE (5.21) / RENDEZVOUS (2.53) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.53) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.16) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.24) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.25) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (11.16) / PRETTY FLAMINGO (9.36) / THUNDER ROAD (9.14) / JUNGLELAND (9.44) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.32) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (7.56) / THE FEVER (8.07) / FIRE (3.02) / CANDY'S ROOM (3.08) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (5.54) / RAVE ON (2.05) / AULD LANG SYNE (cut, 0.32) / GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (4.20) / POINT BLANK (fades in, 7.22) / MONA - PREACHER'S DAUGHTER - SHE'S THE ONE - I GET MAD (12.29) / BACKSTREETS (12.49) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (9.56) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

Soundboard (which has none of the encores) and audience tapes. Sound is good. The soundboard portion is available on CD 'The Firecracker Show' (Moonlight). The audience tape covers the encores, but cuts during "Quarter To Three". The soundboard and audience tape have been combined to form the complete show, available as 'The Firecracker Night' (Earlmv). The penultimate show of the tour includes great versions of "Jungleland" and "The Fever" and the last known "Pretty Flamingo" (until 2003). This is the famous "Firecracker show" where someone threw one on stage which hit Bruce, provoking a rant from Steve Van Zandt. During the next tour Bruce would regularly ask people not to let off firecrackers.
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