September 19: Legendary Concert – Bruce Springsteen @ Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 1978

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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 (amazon.com review)

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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. Continue reading “September 19: Legendary Concert – Bruce Springsteen @ Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 1978”

Sep 15: Watch – Van Morrison & The Chieftains at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1988

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The band kick into spirited versions of “Tore down A la Rimbaud”, “In The Garden” and “Rave On, John Donne”, before being joined by the might of the Chieftains for a full set. WONDERFUL is the only word.
– Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

Van Morrison with The Chieftains
Ulster Hall, Belfast
September 15, 1988

  • Artie McGlynn – Guitar
  • Dave Early – Drums
  • Clive Culbertson – Bass
  • Richie Buckley – Saxophone
  • Derek Bell – Keyboards
  • June Boyce – Backing Vocal
  • The Chieftains – Band

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September 5: Classic Concert – Van Morrison @ Pacific High Studios, CA – 1971 (audio)

This is Van Morrison at the top of his game, delivering a set fueled with unbridled passion. With no trace of the nervousness or anger that occasionally marred his concert performances during this era and with his sense of humor so prominent, it is no wonder that this recording has achieved such legendary status among Morrison’s fans and collectors. This provocative performance is often brilliant and is an enthralling listen from beginning to end.
-Alan Bershaw (concertvault.com)

Band

  • Alan Hand – keyboards
  • John Klingberg – bass
  • John Platania – guitar
  • Dahaud Shaar – drums
  • Jack Schroer – saxophone
  • Collin Tilton – sax & flute
  • Keith Johnson – trumpet
  • Ellen Schroer, Janet Planet & Martha Velez – backing vocal

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August 15: Watch – The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965

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August 15: The Beatles played at Shea Stadium in 1965

“Now, ladies and gentlemen, honoured by their country, decorated by their Queen, loved here in America, here are The Beatles!”
– Ed Sullivan

The Shea Stadium concert on 15 August was record-breaking and one of the most famous concert events of its era.  Over 55,000 people saw the concert.  “Beatlemania” was at one of its highest marks at the Shea show. Film footage taken at the concert shows many teenagers and women crying, screaming, and even fainting. The crowd noise was such that security guards can be seen covering their ears as The Beatles enter the field.

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The Beatles interview before Shea Stadium:

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August 9: Bruce Springsteen played Agora Theatre and Ballroom in 1978 (audio)

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I consider Bruce’s Darkness Tour of 78 to be one of the greatest “tours” ever….

This concert is one of the best from the tour I’ve heard.. and Yes, it helps that it was broadcasted on the famous rock station: WMMS-FM

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One of the reasons the 1978 Tour is so well-remembered, and often viewed as the peak of Springsteen and the E Street Band in concert, is that several complete shows were broadcast live on radio stations.

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