September 19: Bruce Springsteen @ Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 1978 (videos)

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September 19: Bruce Springsteen @ Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 1978 (videos)

The September 19th 1978 concert at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, in Bruce’s home state of New Jersey, is arguably Bruce Springsteen’s single greatest live performance. I’ve listened to quite a lot classic Springsteen bootleg concerts over the years.. this remains my favorite.

This show has been widely bootlegged under the title “Piece de Resistance”. It is a stunning concert not least with Roy Bittan’s brilliant piano playing and Max Weinberg’s clockwork drumming providing a backdrop as hard as diamonds. It also has that characteristic feature of the tour that the slow songs are played with a burning intensity while songs like “”Badlands” and “Born to Run” sometimes display a New York Punk intensity. ~Red on Black ( review)

190978 springsteen From brucebase: 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)
  • ‘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. springsteen nj 1978Setlist:

  1. Badlands
  2. Streets of Fire
  3. Spirit in the Night
  4. Darkness on the Edge of Town
  5. Independence Day
  6. The Promised Land
  7. Prove It All Night
  8. Racing in the Street
  9. Thunder Road
  10. Meeting Across the River
  11. Jungleland
  12. Kitty’s Back
  13. Fire (Robert Gordon With Link Wray cover)
  14. Candy’s Room
  15. Because the Night
  16. Point Blank
  17. Not Fade Away / She’s the One
  18. Backstreets
  19. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) – Encore:
  20. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
  21. Born to Run
  22. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
  23. Detroit Medley
  24. Raise Your Hand (Eddie Floyd cover)

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  1. I was Lucky enough to see 5 Shows on the Darkness Tour & they were ALL Incredible! I saw 1 of the 3 Shows at the Palladium & the final night at the Capitol when they wheeled the birthday cake out for Bruce! I’m a junkie for Darkness bootlegs & have 11 Shows plus the Houston Show on DVD that came in the Darkness Box. I think Bruce & the E Street Band have never played better I think because after the 3 year gap in between albums Bruce & the Boys had something to Prove & they Proved It All Night at Every Show on that Tour!

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