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”

Classic concert: Stephen Stills at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 1979

Just because it’s Mr. Stills birthday we have dug up a gem from the Music Vault channel at YouTube. It’s a classic Stepen Stills show, recorded Live: 3/23/1979 – Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ). Many highlights and terrific back-up vocals by Bonnie Bramlett!

Enjoy!

Setlist:
0:00:00 – Precious Love
0:05:01 – For What It’s Worth
0:09:11 – You Can’t Dance Alone
0:14:56 – Cuba Al Fin
0:20:17 – Go Back Home
0:28:16 – How Wrong Can You Be
0:34:05 – Love The One You’re With
0:39:23 – Make Love To You
0:51:48 – Cherokee
1:00:34 – Rock & Roll Crazies / Cuban Bluegrass / Jet Set
1:16:20 – Uncle James
1:21:08 – Thoroughfair Gap
1:25:41 – Come On In My Kitchen

Personnel:
Stephen Stills – guitar, timbales, vocal
Gerry Tolman – guitar
Mike Finnigan – keyboards, vocals
George “Chocolate” Perry – bass
Joe Vitale – drums
Joe Lala – congas, percussion
Bonnie Bramlett – vocals, percussion

– Hallgeir