1969-04-02 Pandemonium, Wanamassa, NJ

Scheduled: 21:30 – 02:00 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

Info & Setlist | Venue

No further set details known. One show, 9:30pm to 2.00am, with Child the sole act on the bill. A typical performance at this venue consisted of 4 or 5 sets with extended rest breaks in between (total onstage time about 2½ hours). In his 1993 speech inducting Creedence Clearwater Revival into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame, Springsteen tells of his nights with Child at Pandemonium: "In 1970 suburban New Jersey was still filled with the kind of sixties spirit Easy Rider made us all so fond of. I'm referring to the scene where Dennis Hopper gets blown off his motorcycle by some red-neck with a shotgun! A weekend outing at the time was still filled with the drama of possibly getting your ass kicked by a total stranger, who disagreed with your fashion sense. Me and my band worked on Route 35 outside of Asbury Park, at a club called the Pandemonium. They'd recently lowered the drinking age to eighteen with the logic that if you were old enough to die you were old enough to drink! And so it was five 50 minute sets a night and rarely a night without a fight. The crowd was eclectic; rough kids just out of high school who hadn't been snatched up by the draft yet; Truck drivers heading home south to the Jersey pines who weren't gonna make it (not that night at least), and a mixture of college and working girls, women with bouffant hair-dos, and a small, but steady hippy contingent. Tough crowd to please all at once! We played behind a U-shaped bar that was just three feet and spitting distance from many of the patrons who came to just drink and stare and hassle the band. Into New Jersey came the music of John and Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook - Creedence Clearwater Revival; and for three minutes and seven seconds of "Proud Mary" a very strained brotherhood would actually fill the room. It was simply a great song that everybody liked and it literally saved our asses on many occasions." Springsteen isn't known to have played Pandemonium in 1970, so it's assumed he's talking about his residencies with Child in April, May, and July of 1969. Which shows he played "Proud Mary" at is unknown.



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