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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Listen: The Rolling Stones @ Masonic Hall (Detroit, MI), July 6, 1978

This show, recorded during the ’78 tour, is a reminder of how it should be. The Stones’ strength is making a 4,000 seat theatre feel like a sweaty, smoky, beer-soaked juke joint, and they achieve it here. At times it’s loose and ugly, but that just makes it so much sweeter when they get it together. The more “modern” likes of “Miss You” and “Shattered” stand up against classic material such as “Tumbling Dice.” If Mick sounds a little out of breath, just picture him shimmying back and forth across a 100 foot stage and ask yourself if you could do the same and stay in key. This ain’t the opera – this is rock ‘n’ roll at its raw and bloody essence!
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Masonic Temple Theatre
Detroit, MI, USA
July 6, 1978

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Keith Richards – guitars, vocals
  • Ronnie Wood – guitars, backing vocals
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar
  • Charlie Watts – drums
  • Ian Stewart – piano
  • Ian McLagan – keyboards, backing vocals

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Listen: Van Morrison @ Lion’s Share, San Anselmo; August 8, 1971

Honestly, this may be the best Van recording I’ve heard, not withstanding its slightly wonky mix of vocals, its beauty is in the fun that Morrison and his band are having. A fantastic recording, a great night.
-Stuart @ collectorsmusicreviews.com

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Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA; August 8, 1971.
Late Show.

Excellent soundboard

Band:

  • Backing Vocals – Ellen Schroer, Janet Planet, Martha Velez
  • Bass – Bill Church
  • Drums – Dahaud Shaar
  • Guitar – John Platania
  • Keyboards – Alan Hand
  • Saxophone – Jack Schroer
  • Vocals – Van Morrison

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