August 15: Watch Bruce Springsteen’s Classic Largo concert in 1978

A concert perhaps best known for the outstanding video footage available. “Growin’ Up” features the teenage werewolf story. “Backstreets” has some lines from “Pretty Flamingo” in the ‘Sad Eyes’ section. Tremendous versions of “Quarter To Three” (particularly the video) and “Prove It All Night” with the cab driver intro and an outstanding guitar solo. “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” includes a snippet of “Macho Man” during the band introductions. The show features a particularly loose and active Bruce, maybe because the next day he was going home to New Jersey for the first time in a year. The MC that can be heard introducing Springsteen before “Summertime Blues” is the legendary Washington-area DJ Don “Cerphe” Colwell.
–Brucebase (brucebase.wikidot.com)

I’m watching the video of this concert. I cannot help writing some lines on it. I don’t want to encourage the buying of unauthorized material, but if you already have all the official video items, you really got to have this. Performance like ‘Sandy’ and ‘Prove it all night’ as captured in this film make you understand how great he is, just in case there was any doubt left. All the show was great, but Sandy is above all… and this show was not better than all the other ’78 shows…. I’m just speaking of this because I just have this one…. This reminds me of an old phrase I saw written on some horrible shirt : “People can be divided in two halves; the ones who love him, and the ones who never saw him playing live…” Back here… the video is goin’ on…. I cannot write nothing on Growin’up and Backstreets. The ‘sad eyes-drive all night-pretty flamingo’ interlude in backstreets is simply one of the best things you may ever watch and listen to…. Also Because the Night is terrific…
–http://www.brucespringsteen.it/

Prove It All Night


Capital Center, Largo,MD US – August 15, 1978

  1. Summertime blues
  2. Badlands
  3. Spirit in the night
  4. Darkness on the edge of town
  5. Factory
  6. The promised land
  7. Prove it all night [With long guitar intro]
  8. Racing in the street
  9. Thunder road
  10. Jungleland
  11. Paradise by the C
  12. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
  13. Sherry darling
  14. Sweet little sixteen
  15. Not fade away
  16. Gloria
  17. She’s the one
  18. Growin’ up
  19. Backstreets
  20. Rosalita (Come out tonight)
  21. Born to run
  22. Because the night
  23. Quarter to three

Full concert


-Egil

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