1968-08-16 Off Broad Street Coffee House, Red Bank, NJ (Early)

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Scheduled: 20:00 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

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First of two shows featuring what is believed to have been the debut public performance of Springsteen's new band 'Earth'. The initial lineup of the group consisted of Springsteen (guitars & vocals), John Graham (bass) and Michael Burke (drums) Organist Bob Alfano would soon be added to the line-up. It would be the foursome of Springsteen-Graham-Burke-Alfano that performed most of the gigs during the band's brief, 6 month existence. Longtime confusion about whether Earth was a 3 piece or 4 piece group apparently stems from the fact that Bob Alfano occasionally had to miss gigs due to other commitments. All the members of Earth had initially met and jammed informally at The Off Broad Street Coffee House during spring and early summer of 1968. The new group was very blues-rock orientated, in the mould of then popular outfits such as Cream and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

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