01/01/76 – STONEPONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
No set details known. Bruce, as well ESB members Steve Van Zandt and Roy Bittan, turn up at a New Years Day evening performance by SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES and all three end up taking the stage near for an extensive, spirited set of oldies. Van Zandt, who at the time was in the studio with SSJ & TAJ producing their debut album, actually took the lead vocals on several numbers.
“Jan 1, 1976 – LEFT Photo: A hatless Miami Steve takes the lead vocals, with Jukes drummer Kenny Pentifallo, Bruce (sporting a white Fender Stratocaster) and Roy Bittan providing support. RIGHT Photo: Bruce and Southside during another part of the show (photo courtesy Billy Smith)”
00/02/76 – RECORD PLANT, NEW YORK, NY
Sessions for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes work-in-progress debut LP, produced by Steve Van Zandt. Bruce was present at some of these sessions, particularly during the recording of “You Mean So Much To Me” and Springsteen is officially credited on the album as a co-arranger of his two donated compositions. Clarence Clemons provided the bass vocal on “The Fever” but is credited under the fake name of “Selmon T. Sachs”. The album was released in May 1976.
“Bruce, Southside, Steve and Ronnie Spector during the “You Mean So Much To Me” session at The Record Plant in early February 1976. Photos by Mary Alfieri”
07/03/76 – BEACON THEATRE, NEW YORK, NY
Bruce makes a spur-of-the-moment stage appearance at the final night of Carole King’s 3-night residency, singing a rollicking duet with Carole on the evening’s encore, “Loco-motion”. THERE IS NO CIRCULATING AUDIO.
21/03/76 – STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
After an 11-week break over the holiday period Bruce & The ESB conduct a dress rehearsal performance in preparation for the final leg of the BTR Tour. Only about 200 pre-invited guests were in attendance. The exact set details are not known, although most of the BTR album was played as well as “Raise Your Hand”.
25/03/76 – TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM, COLUMBIA, SC
NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SHE’S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / GROWIN’ UP / IT’S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA / SANDY
Partial setlist is known. Opening night of the 2nd leg of the Born To Run Tour, soon nicknamed by the road crew as the “Chicken Scratch Tour” because of the high proportion of secondary market, southern state locations. The above-mentioned partial 10-song setlist is culled from post concert details in the city’s newspaper. The song sequence is correct but there were 4 or 5 songs sandwiched in between these that are unverified. This show was not a sellout. THERE IS NO CIRCULATING AUDIO.
26/03/76 – FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA, GEORGIA
No complete set details known, although Bruce opened the show with “Night”. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported a 2½ hr show and a near-capacity crowd at this tiny, picturesque venue.
01/04/76 – OHIO UNIVERSITY, ATHENS, OHIO
THUNDER ROAD / SHE’S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA / DETROIT MEDLEY
THERE IS NO KNOWN AUDIO FROM THIS SHOW. Held in the school’s Memorial Auditorium. There was non-reserved seating for this show, which caused mayhem leading up to the venue opening its doors. The partial setlist above is from the confident recollection of BRUCEBASE reader Daniel, who further comments: “The concert was scheduled for around 7pm….folks started lining up outside at about 4:30pm. By 7pm I’d estimate there were over a thousand people outside and the doors were still shut. At about 7:10 there was commotion up front and I remember seeing one of the doors get literally torn from the hinges – and these were big, heavy wood doors! The next minutes were a blur, seeing one girl getting pushed into the glass marque-poster cases, seeing another girl who fainted getting passed overhead…the mad rush to get a good seat”. BRUCEBASE reader Bob, who also attended, comments: “Suddenly the doors opened and we were pushed in so I raced to the front and got two seats. I remember the show was a little too loud in the front row, but it was amazing. The night before the show Springsteen went to my favourite bar (Swanky’s) and hung out. I didn’t go that night. I saw his picture in the paper the next morning standing where I usually went to drink”.
02/04/76 – MACAULEY THEATRE, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
IT’S MY LIFE / FOR YOU / RAISE YOUR HAND
Partial setlist – A reader present recalls “My seat was third or fourth row center but we stood all night. My journal entry doesn’t have a list but it mentions a long story intro to “It’s My Life”, a solo piano version of “For You” that began the second encore followed by a Mitch Ryder medley and “Raise Your Hand” (which I’d never heard before). I see that the April 4th show claims it was the first “Raise Your Hand” but it looks like he played it in Louisville two days earlier. My journal entry says: “Bruce’s last words .. I’m just a prisoner … of rock’n’roll!” Thanks to John for the details.
04/04/76 – MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST LANSING, MI
NIGHT (3.01)/ 10TH AVE FREEZE OUT (4.01)/ SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.04)/ IT’S MY LIFE (8.44)/ THUNDER ROAD (5.41)/ SHE’S THE ONE (6.26)/ BORN TO RUN (4.15)/ FRANKIE (6.38)/ MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER (3.25)/ BACKSTREETS (7.24)/ GROWIN UP (3.29)/ SAINT IN THE CITY (5.28)/ JUNGLELAND (9.27)/ ROSALITA (cut in middle) (9.51)/ RAISE YOUR HAND (3.15)/ 4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.14)/ DETROIT MEDLEY (8.25)/ QUARTER TO THREE (6.44)
Audience tape/Partial soundboard – Show features Thunder road with a new piano introduction, and the live premiere, as far as we know, of Frankie. A rare version of Meeting Across the River (which is the full band version rather than a solo piano rendition previously used) and the first known recorded Raise Your Hand, although it was played earlier than this. This is also one of the few known times that the whole of the Born To Run LP is played. Released on CD “Livin’ Rock’n’Roll” (RTC) and on “Hidden Worlds That Shine” (E St) & Ev2’s “Rise Like the Rain”. Thanks to Per for set details.
05/04/76 – OHIO THEATRE, COLUMBUS, OHIO
No set details known – this show was apparently rescheduled from late 1975 due to poor ticket sales. A review of the show was in a local Columbus, Ohio entertainment newspaper called Focus, dated April 15-30, 1976. Thanks to Mike for the details.
06/04/76 – RADIO STATION WMMS-FM, CLEVELAND, OH
Live interview broadcast hosted by Kid Leo, one of Springsteen’s earliest and most supportive radio DJ’s. The exact structure and length of this interview program is unclear, as the audio does not appear to be circulating among collectors.
“Bruce, with the legendary Kid Leo, at WMMS studios on April 6, 1976” Photo courtesy of and copyright to Dan Keefe.
07/04/76 – ALLEN THEATRE, CLEVELAND, OHIO
NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE’S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / FRANKIE (6.13) / BACKSTREETS (7.09) / GROWIN’ UP (2.57) / IT’S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY (4.34) / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT (3.52) / JUNGLELAND (8.18) / ROSALITA (cut)(7.35) / 4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6.12) / DETROIT MEDLEY (7.04) / QUARTER TO THREE (4.08)
Soundboard tape – First known Blinded By The Light since 1974 ( and interestingly – an edited version as Bruce skips a verse for some reason – thanks Per) and Incident on 57th Street since September 1975. Released on CD “Live At The Allen Theatre” (BS). Most recent release is “Runners In The Night” (Doberman)
08/04/76 – ALLEN THEATRE, CLEVELAND, OHIO
NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE’S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / EVERY TIME YOU WALK IN THE ROOM / FRANKIE / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN’ UP / IT’S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JUNGLELAND
Soundboard tape – Incomplete setlist. Rare version of Every Time You… Released on CDR “Leaving The Allen In Rubble” (BTS5)
17/04/76 – UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE’S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / FRANKIE / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN’ UP / SAINT IN THE CITY / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DETROIT MEDLEY
The above setlist was sent to me in a query, and originated on RMAS in answer to a plea for information on the show – it came from someone who discovered their long lost setlist notes handwritten on the night.
20/04/76 – FREEDOM HALL, JOHNSON CITY, TN
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / BORN TO RUN / SHE’S THE ONE / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA / DETROIT MEDLEY / RAISE YOUR HAND / QUARTER TO THREE
No circulating audio – but partial setlist details (above) are known via a following day newspaper review in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. Johnson City is the home of East Tennessee State University. However there was no school affiliation with this event. Freedom Hall had a capacity of 8,000+ but this gig was presented in the venue’s 3,500-seat “stage show mode”, with half the auditorium curtained and chairs installed on the floor. Due to limited advertising the attendance was less than 1,000. Thanks to Jeff for the setlist details.
21/04/76 – KNOXVILLE CIVIC AUDITORIUM, KNOXVILLE, TN
NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SHE’S THE ONE / THUNDER ROAD / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND
Complete set details are not known, however the above-mentioned songs were definitely performed. The show opened with “Night”. Like the previous evening’s gig in Johnson City, this was another disappointing turnout, with only about 1,000 of the venue’s 2,500 available seats sold. BRUCEBASE reader Mike (who also noted the small crowd turnout) reports: “I was near the stage and actually patted Bruce on the back when he jumped from the stage and wandered among the audience as he played his guitar. It will always be the best concert I’ve ever seen because of the incredible energy level, as well as the fantastic music and performance by the band.” THERE IS NO KNOWN AUDIO.
22/04/76 – VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY, BLACKSBURG, VA
NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE’S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / FRANKIE / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN’ UP / IT’S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA / RAISE YOUR HAND / 4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY)(cut) / DETROIT MEDLEY
A sellout, held in the 3,000-seat Burruss Hall Auditorium. The above-mentioned 17-song setlist is likely to represent the complete show. The only known source audio is a 16-song audience tape that (strangely) ends with “Sandy”. However a review of the show in the school newspaper (see NEWS below) notes “Detroit Medley” as having been played and this was almost certainly the final encore, as it was for most shows during this period. “Frankie” makes its second-to-last known appearance on this tour. NOTE: There are hazy, second-hand, reports that after his concert Springsteen scooted over to a well-known club in Blacksburg called ‘Town Hall’ and made a guest appearance onstage with a yet to be positively identified artist that was on the bill (Nils Lofgren and ex-Steel Mill vocalist Robbin Thompson are two names sometimes speculated – but both may be incorrect.
26/04/76 – SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, CHATTANOOGA, TN
10TH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / ROSALITA / JUNGLELAND
No complete setlist details known, although the three above-mentioned songs were played. This gig was originally planned for the nearby (but smaller) Tivoli Theater. Yet despite the change of location apparently less than 1,000 of the Memorial Auditorium’s 3,850 tickets were sold. Springsteen and CBS publicist Glen Brunmen were interviewed the following afternoon by the Nashville Tennessean newspaper and Brunmen mentions the disappointing crowd turnout in Chattanooga. Bruce also jokingly mentions that their tour bus had traveled an hour out of Chattanooga on its way to Nashville when they had to turn around and go back – they’d forgotten Max Weinberg. Typically Bruce didn’t let a small turnout affect his energy level. BRUCEBASE reader Steve reports: “Bruce’s road crew came out before the start of the show and nailed a piece of plywood from the edge of the stage over the top of the security barricades. Bruce jumped off the stage and played in the crowd a number of times. The show still ranks as one of my all-time favorite concerts.” THERE IS NO CIRCULATING AUDIO FROM THIS SHOW.
28/04/76 – GRAND OLE’ OPRY, NASHVILLE, TN
Complete set details are not known. This 2hr show took place at the Grand Ole’ Opry’s 4,500-seat venue on the grounds of the then-new Opryland USA Theme Park. Contrary to myth, this was not the first-ever rock show allowed inside the spiritual home of country music (THE BYRDS having broken the ice in 1968 at the Opry’s former Ryman Theater location). An article in the Nashville Banner the following day (it mentions “Growin’ Up” as having been played) gave the concert a glowing review but reported a crowd turnout of only 3,000. THERE IS NO KNOWN AUDIO FROM THIS SHOW.
12/06/76 – CRAWDADDY MAGAZINE PARTY, NEW YORK, NY
No set details known. A private “10th Birthday” Party for music magazine ‘Crawdaddy’, held at an as-yet unidentified club in Greenwich Village. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes performed as “house” band for the evening and towards the end of the show Springsteen hopped onstage and performed a couple of songs backed by the Jukes. Allegedly semi-pro film footage exists, but none has circulated.
“Bruce onstage at the Crawdaddy Magazine bash in mid June 1976”
13/06/76 – SPRINGSTEEN APARTMENT, NEW YORK, NY
Bruce takes part in 23-minute phone-in interview with DJ “Father Bill” Ayers that was broadcast live on New York City’s WPLJ-FM. Springsteen was at his apartment, Ayers at the radio station. Bruce talks about future plans. The entire interview can be found on the 2cd set “DARKNESS ON THE AIR” (Mystic).
21/06/76 – THE MAIN POINT, BRYN MAWR, PA
No set details known. TWO shows. Bruce turns up to watch TONE, a group headed by former E Street Band alumni David Sancious and Ernest “Boom” Carter. There are conflicting reports on whether Bruce took the stage during this evening – the confusion may stem from the fact that there were two shows on the night and Bruce may have performed at only one of them.
“Bruce backstage with Sancious and Carter at The Main Point on June 21, 1976. This is the last known picture of Bruce with a full beard –
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04/07/76 – STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE OUT
Partial set list – Bruce and the E St Band do an impromtu concert following a Southside Johnny gig. Many more songs were played according to the reader who submitted these details – concert included a break and started at around 12.30 in the morning.
Bruce and Southside onstage at the Pony on July 4, 1976. This was Bruce’s first CBS-era public appearance without a beard – and as would be the case for the next few months, many people didn’t initially recognize him. Photo by John Wooding.
22/07/76 – CBS ANNUAL SALES CONVENTION, LOS ANGELES, CA
THE FEVER / I DON’T WANT TO GO HOME
No circulating audio. Convention promoted as ‘The Family Of Music-1976’ and featuring four artists from the corporate roster, each performing 30 to 40 minute sets – SSJ & THE ASBURY JUKES (who opened), STARCASTLE, DAVE MASON and headliner THE JACKSONS (featuring Michael Jackson). Springsteen attended and made a guest appearance with Southside Johnny – on guitar for “The Fever” and on duet vocals for “I Don’t Want To Go Home”. Needless to say Bruce received a nicer reception from the reps than he had at the 27/07/73 Convention. Allegedly filmed by CBS, but no footage has ever surfaced.
“LEFT: Bruce supporting Southside on guitar at the July 1976 CBS Convention. RIGHT: Backstage after the show with rocker Elliot Murphy, who ended up going to check out one of Bruce’s shows the following week at the Monmouth Arts Center. Look closely and you’ll notice Bruce is wearing a Stone Pony jacket. Photos by C. Walter”
01/08/76 – MONMOUTH ARTS CENTRE, RED BANK, NJ
NIGHT (3.08)/ RENDEZVOUS (2.43)/ SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.16)/ IT’S MY LIFE (9.46)/ THUNDER ROAD (5.48)/ SHES THE ONE (8.21)/ BORN TO RUN (slight edit)(4.28)/ SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.27)/ BACKSTREETS (7.23)/ 10TH AVENUE FREEZE OUT (4.17)/ JUNGLELAND (9.23)/ ROSALITA (10.08)/ RAISE YOUR HAND (3.28)/ 4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (7.02)/ SHES SURE THE GIRL I LOVE (3.29)/ YOU CAN’T SIT DOWN (4.50)
Audience tape – The debut of the Miami Horns Quartet (Line-up # 1), featuring Carlo Novi (sax), Ed Manion (sax), Tony Palligrosi (trumpet) and Rick Gazda (trumpet). The foursome came from Southside Johnny’s Miami Horns outfit during a break in Southside’s touring schedule. The show features the premiere of Rendezvous and Something in the Night – in just piano and organ backing form with the first version of the lyrics. First time that You Can’t Sit Down is played on the tour and the only known version of She’s Sure The Girl I Love. She’s The One also features a re-written intro. Released on CD “First Rendezvous In Red Bank” (B Street).
22/08/76 – SPRINGFIELD CIVIC CENTER, MASS
NIGHT (3.10) / RENDEZVOUS (3.02) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (4.20) / IT’S MY LIFE (10.23) / THUNDER ROAD (4.09) / SHE’S THE ONE (12.00) / BORN TO RUN () / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.27) / BACKSTREETS (7.20) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.18) / JUNGLELAND (9.12) / ROSALITA (12.57)
A soundboard tape which has the honour of being the most mis-dated one. Although only starting with Springsteen & The E Street Band on 01/08/76 this is the final performance for the Miami Horns Quartet (Line-up # 1), who must leave to re-join Southside Johnny on tour. (Note: these four guys comprised the ENTIRE Jukes Miami Horns line-up at the time. There were no other musicians. They expanded to a five-piece in November 1976 with the addition of Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg, but between April and November 1976, these four players WERE the Jukes Miami Horns. The Jukes were off the road while Southside recovered from illness. – thanks to Mike for the clarification here)
This particular venue is not listed by most books on the subject, but the board tape is definately not from any of the other known tapes and certainly comes from this period – “Something in the Night” has no trumpet backing and “Born To Run” is in the main set. “Rosalita” includes Roy playing a minute of Bach’s “Prelude No. 1 from “The Well-Tempered Clavier” in the band introductions. (thanks to Ingunn for that).
A fan present comments, “So we sit patiently waiting for the band, with no idea what is about to hit us. After a seemingly endless wait, the lights dim and the band comes out and BAM! they burst into “The Night” – such a powerhouse version that I can still feel the buzz from it when I think about it. That song is never mentioned as one of the great Springsteen tunes, but since that time, I’ve always regarded it as one of his finest. I’ve been a huge rock music fan for all of my life – since those days, I’ve been a music critic and written hundreds of articles and thousands of reviews and have bought well over ten thousand records and CDs. I’ve played in my own band, recorded multiple CDs, and run an independent record label, and after all this, I still think of that show as the point where I first saw something that I’ve only seen a handful of other times: what REAL rock and roll is.” – thanks to Steve G for that – and the alternate stub below.
The tape was first booted many years ago on the old vinyl “Cry Me a River”, “Live in Philadelphia I and II”, and “Streets of Fire”, the last of which was probably the source for the “Streets of Life” CD . The problem is, when did this show take place? It does not match either of the audience tapes of the two known Philadelphia shows. The CD “Arena Rock” purports to be a complete soundboard of October 25, 1976 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia (see below), but in fact it simply grafts Ed Sciaky’s intro and the encores onto this tape. The CD’s “The Palace Theater” and “Deep Down in the Vaults” list the show as 08/21/76 Palace Theatre, Waterbury, CT, but there is an audience tape of that show, and it does not match this one. August 22 at Springfield, Massachussetts has been used as sort of a generic date for this set, but there are plenty of open times for unknown dates to have taken place during this time. Also released on CDR “Springfield Rock City”
04/09/76 – STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
HAVIN’ A PARTY
Audience tape – With Southside Johnny
26/09/76 – VETS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, PHOENIX, AZ
NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE’S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA / 4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / GROWIN’ UP / YOU CAN’T SIT DOWN
Audience tape – The debut of the Miami Horns Quartet (Line-up # 2), featuring Ed De Palma (sax), John Binkley (trumpet), Steve Paraczky (trumpet) and Dennis Orlock (trombone). Despite the name, this Philadelphia-based foursome has no affiliation with Southside Johnny’s band. The group will be a permanent fixture until the tour ends in March 1977, although they’re only heard on a few songs each night. Something in the Night now features a trumpet accompaniment. Thanks to Mike for the line up corrections.
30/09/76 – THE ROXY, LOS ANGELES, CA
A TEENAGER IN LOVE
No known audio. Springsteen and Van Zandt make an unannounced guest appearance (on background vocals) during an encore at DION DIMUCCI’s 2nd (late) show. Dion introduced the pair as “honorary Belmonts”. Bruce had first met Dion in Oct 1975 while visiting a Spector-Dion recording session in LA. However Steve Van Zandt, while touring as a member of the backing band for 50’s vocal group The Dovells, had actually played guitar in Dion’s backing band at a show in Miami, Florida on Dec 31, 1972 – that trip (according to Steve) being the original source of the nickname “Miami” Steve.
02/10/76 – PARAMOUNT THEATRE, OAKLAND, CA
NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE’S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN’ UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA / 4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
Audience tape – incomplete
09/10/76 – NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY, SOUTH BEND, INDIANA
NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS (fades in)(2.32)/ SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (6.21)/ IT’S MY LIFE (12.01)/ THUNDER ROAD (5.52)/ SHE’S THE ONE (8.37)/ SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (start cut)(2.27)/ BACKSTREETS (9.21)/ GROWIN’ UP (6.58)/ TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.22)/ JUNGLELAND (9.35)/ ROSALITA (12.17)/ 4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (7.03)/ RAISE YOUR HAND (4.01)/ THE PROMISE (5.01)/ BORN TO RUN (4.46)
Audience tape. Jungleland added in from reader who has the full tape. Something In The night has a different arrangement. Also available on LP “It’s only RNR” which also has Jungleland on it. Available on CDR “It’s Only Rock’N’Roll”.
10/10/76 – MIAMI OF OHIO UNIVERSITY, OXFORD, OH
NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE’S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN (edit)/ SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN’ UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA / 4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN
Audience tape – runs slow. Available on CDR “Oxford 76”
17/10/76 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON DC
NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT’S MY LIFE / THUNDER ROAD / SHE’S THE ONE / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / GROWIN’ UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA / 4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RAISE YOUR HAND
Audience tape – setlist now more complete, althought the tape still misses the final songs – thanks Steven. Appears to be a radio broadcast – or a audience tape faked up to be a radio broadcast.
18/10/76 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON DC
GROWIN’ UP / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA / RAISE YOUR HAND / YOU CAN’T SIT DOWN / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN
Audience tape – Incomplete setlist
22/10/76 – FAT CITY, SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ
NEW ORLEANS / DEAR LADY TWIST / TWIST TWIST SONORA / SCHOOL IS IN / QUARTER TO THREE
Complete setlist details are not known. There is no known audio. A discreet Springsteen turns up (apparently as just another paying customer) at a gig by one of his early 60’s musical favourites – GARY US BONDS. About half way through the show Bruce takes the stage, borrows a guitar and and provides duet-background vocals for the rest of the show. According to Bonds, Bruce played for nearly an hour. This was the first time Springsteen and Bonds had ever met. Afterwards Springsteen invites Bonds to guest at his show on Oct 29th (see Brucebase listing). In an early 1980’s interview Bonds commented: “I was playing down along the Jersey shore. One night the owner of the club came over to me during the show and mentioned that Bruce Springsteen was in the audience and wanted to come up and play. Bruce who? I didn’t recognize the name! But the guys in my band did, so I said ok. When I introduced him the place went crazy…and I’m saying to myself, ‘gee, what on earth is happening here’? After the show Bruce gave me an invitation and about a week or so later I sang during one of his shows”.
25/10/76 – THE SPECTRUM ARENA, PHILADELPHIA, PA
NIGHT (2.54) / RENDEZVOUS (2.56) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (5.38) / IT’S MY LIFE (11.36) / THUNDER ROAD (5.18) / SHES THE ONE (8.13) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.35) / BACKSTREETS (9.12) / GROWIN’ UP (8.01) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.05) / JUNGLELAND (8.45) / ROSALITA (9.57) / SANDY (6.22) / A FINE, FINE GIRL (2.43) / RAISE YOUR HAND (3.45) / THE PROMISE (5.05) / BORN TO RUN (4.35)
Audience tape and soundboard. Show features Bruce’s earliest known cover of the Darlene Love-Phil Spector classic “A Fine, Fine Girl”. This gig has traditionally been noted in books as Springsteen’s first-ever large indoor Arena concert as a headliner – however in reality the Springsteen show at Vets Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on Sep 26, 1976 probably deserves that title. This show’s encores were released on the CD boot ‘ARENA ROCK’ (Palace) which is otherwise primarily the soundboard tape from 22/08/76 show. Nearly 14 minutes of semi-pro color film footage of excerpts of ‘Jungleland” and “Born To Run” from this show are in circulation and can be found (with audio) on the DVD ‘BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: 8MM’ (Brucevideos Productions).
06/11/76 – RADIO STATION WNEW-FM, NEW YORK, NY
Bruce went up to WNEW-FM studios in New York the Saturday following his Palladium shows to sit in with DJ Richard Neer. It was an interview with Bruce picking out some records to play. The interview was very topical; reference was made to Bruce shaving his beard, wearing a suit at some performances, Clarence appearing in “New York, New York” etc. Neer also asked Bruce if he would ever play larger venues and Bruce mentions the shows at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. They also talk a bit about Jon Landau which segues into the fact that Landau produced Jackson Browne’s “The Pretender” which was released that week and Neer plays a cut from that. Studio cuts were sequed into Bruce songs; Bo Diddley into ‘She’s the One’; Hey Mona into “Saint in the City”. Thanks to Riccardo for the info.
07/11/76 – THE D’ERRICO RESIDENCE, NEW YORK, NY
IT’S MY LIFE
Bruce visits songwriter Carl D’Errico for a home-cooked dinner and a little impromptu jamming. Carl (co-writer of ‘The Animals’ 1965 hit “It’s My Life”), along with his wife Didi, had been VIP guests at Bruce’s Nov 4, 1976 Palladium gig, where Bruce had mentioned D’Errico to the audience prior to performing the song (it being a regular inclusion in Springsteen concerts at the time). According to interview comments by D’Errico, he and Bruce played a few things together when Bruce visited, including an acoustic rendition of “Its My Life”.
“Bruce and Carl D’Errico relaxing at the D’Errico home in Nov 1976. Photo by Didi D’Errico”
26/11/76 – THE BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK, NY
Early Show ;- EXCERPTS FROM A DOG DREAM / MY CAR WAS INVISIBLE / JESSE JAMES / REAL GOOD TIME TOGETHER / AIN’T IT STRANGE / GLORIA / MY GENERATION
Late show ;- LAND / FREE MONEY / MASQUERADE PARTY / GLORIA / MY GENERATION
With Patti Smith – Bruce plays piano or guitar on all these tracks. A fan present recalls “Bruce mostly played guitar since John Cale was on piano for most songs. A few of my photos do show Bruce at the piano however.” There is partial audio of Gloria and My Generation available – but it’s unclear as to which show it comes from – Thanks to Chris.
“Bruce and Patti Smith at The Bottom Line on November 26, 1976 (Second Show). Bruce had also performed with Patti at the Early Show. Photos by Chuck Pulin”. Thanks to Cliff for the ticket images.
00/12/76 – CBS STUDIOS, NEW YORK, NY
Sessions for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes’s work-in-progress 2nd album ‘This Time It’s For Real’ (released in May 1977). Produced and arranged by Steve Van Zandt. Springsteen attended some of these Dec 1976 – Jan 1977 sessions. According to Steve Van Zandt the two new Springsteen-Van Zandt co-authored songs (“Love On The Wrong Side Of Town” and “Little Girl So Fine”) were written, at least in part, during the times Bruce attended these sessions. Springsteen may possibly have participated musically during some demo recordings but he is not found on any of the recordings ultimately issued on the LP.