1971-01-23 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ

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One show, double bill, with Steel Mill headlining and National Debt opening. This was advertised as the final Steel Mill gig and current evidence supports this, including Springsteen noting this fact at D'Scene earlier in the week. The dissolution of Steel Mill was amicable. Apparently, Bruce had informed members in December, prior to a Christmas trip to California, of his desire to explore other musical directions. Speaking of his brief, five-month (September 1970 - January 1971) Steel Mill tenure, vocalist Robbin Thompson has commented: "it was a strange thing. No one really knew why I was in the band….but about half way through I knew the band, as it was, wasn't going to last, especially me."

Jeannie played The Upstage the night after this show. She recalls: The Upstage Coffeehouse was a great place – small and intimate with a listening crowd. I remember climbing the stairway that led to the tiny backstage area. The stage itself was compact, but didn't discourage the musicians on hand to jam at times on my solo sets – Bruce, Garry Tallent, Vini Lopez, Steven Van Zandt, "Southside" Johnny Lyon, and my good friend, the late clarinet/sax player, Terry Loughran. I sang and banged on the old, out-of -tune upright piano or strummed my Martin guitar, while Tinker taped the music onto his reel-to-reel recorder. (I still have the original tape of the show on January 24th. The band, "Odin", with their lengthy, spacey, instrumental, acid-rock music, played that night, also.)
Songs: "Feel Like A Woman", "Back Here", "Livin' In The Country", "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere", "The World's A Sad Place", "Black Skies", "No One's Lesson But Your Own".

© Jeannie Clark Fisher

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