1970-08-29 Centennial Park Band Shell, Nashville, TN

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Bruce's first ever appearance in Tennessee. One show, a morning until late evening outdoor extravaganza 'The 3rd Annual Nashville Music Festival', sponsored by popular city radio station WMAC. This was an outdoor event, with the artists performing inside the Centennial Park Band Shell. About 20 different artists took part, ranging in style from traditional country to progressive hard rock. Headliners included Roy Orbison, Brian Hyland, Ronnie Milsap, Bobby Bloom and rock bands Ballin' Jack, Ten Wheel Drive, and Illusion. Steel Mill was one of only a couple of acts on the bill without a record contract, some college students with connections on the festival’s organizing committee had seen Steel Mill perform previously in Richmond and helped the band procure a slot on the bill. The weather was lovely and the crowd was about 50,000, the largest audience Springsteen would play in front of until the 1980s. Springsteen famously recalled this show in his speech inducting Roy Orbison into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987…"In 1970 I rode for 15 hours in the back of a U-Haul truck to open for Roy Orbison at the Nashville Music Fair. It was a summer night and I was 20 years old and he came out in dark glasses, a dark suit and he played some dark music." An attendee at this concert specifically remembers "He's Guilty (The Judge Song)" (aka "He's Guilty (Send That Boy To Jail) as having been played.

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