Bruce Springsteen

Winterland (San Francisco, CA)

Dec 15, 1978

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  1. 1 Badlands 05:06
  2. 2 Streets Of Fire 05:24
  3. 3 Spirit In The Night 08:01
  4. 4 Darkness On The Edge Of Town 05:25
  5. 5 Factory 03:37
  6. 6 The Promised Land 05:50
  7. 7 Prove It All Night 11:20
  8. 8 Interlude 01:11
  9. 9 Racing In The Streets 08:44
  10. 10 Thunder Road 05:18
  11. 11 Jungleland 10:24
  12. 12 The Ties That Bind 03:51
  13. 13 Interlude 03:43
  14. 14 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 04:12
  15. 15 The Fever 05:40
  16. 16 Fire 03:03
  17. 17 Candy's Room 03:09
  18. 18 Because The Night 07:21
  19. 19 Point Blank 08:36
  20. 20 Mona (I Need You Baby) 03:42
  21. 21 She's The One 03:58
  22. 22 Interlude 04:39
  23. 23 Backstreets 11:10
  24. 24 Interlude 02:30
  25. 25 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 11:13
  26. 26 Radio Interlude 01:52
  27. 27 Born To Run 04:58
  28. 28 Radio Interlude 02:00
  29. 29 Detroit Medley 05:07
  30. 30 Interlude / Detroit Medley (Reprise) 04:00
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Roy Bittan - piano
Clarence Clemons - saxophone
Danny Federici - organ
Bruce Springsteen - vocals, guitar
Garry Tallent - bass
Steven Van Zandt - guitar
Max Weinberg - drums

Get comfortable, 'cuz all the stories are true - the E Street Band came to play, and they're not gonna stop until the roof caves in! This is powerful rock 'n' roll revivalism and Springsteen makes the heat rain down upon the assembled Winterland parishioners.

Years before punk deconstructed popular music as a violent protest against the bloated rock 'n' roll dinosaurs staggering from stadium to stadium, Bruce Springsteen was earnestly providing his own alternative to bone-headed riffing and cowbell solos, putting out albums that echoed a simpler time while thoughtfully chronicling the plight of the workin' man on his eternal quest for Saturday Night.

Concentrating on material from their recent release, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Springsteen and his crew lay into the first half of this set with reckless abandon, reserving the early hits and holiday cheer for the second half. As soon as they take the stage, it's all lost love and drag races and full-throttle rock 'n' roll; then factory walls and plaintive piano with dusty, wheezing harmonica. This is the whole history of 20th century America set to music, geared up and rolling down the highway 'till everyone, audience included, is ready to pass out. Then, about an hour after they should be taking their bows, the band launches into "Born to Run" with an emotional fury that would kill a group of weaker constitution. It's like Phil Spector meets Jack Kerouac, hooked up to about a dozen car batteries. Then they play an encore!

In two short weeks the Winterland would shut its doors for good. Fittingly, Bill Graham brought in the Grateful Dead for the official last concert, but for many present at Springsteen's show, the Winterland really closed on December 15th.