1973-02-26 Troubadour (The), West Hollywood, CA

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Scheduled: 21:00 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

Info & Setlist | Venue

One show, double bill, with Springsteen and band opening for Pan (a just-formed band headed by former Beau Brummels guitarist/songwriter Ron Elliot). Springsteen's first west coast show as a signed artist. For the occasion Columbia sent out postcard invitations to the gig - see our Gallery tab to view one of these cards. This was actually 'hoot night' at the club, but some of the LA music press were present to listen to the much-respected Elliot's new outfit. A couple of songs into the six-song, 30-minute set Bruce's guitar amp failed and, because minimal spares had been brought out to the west coast, the road crew were unable to fix it, so Bruce performed most of this show on piano instead of electric guitar. This was the same amp that had been fried at the November 25, 1972 show in Detroit. The four listed tracks were played but these represent only a partial setlist from this show. Springsteen's performance received brief (but positive) reviews by Billboard's Nat Freeland and LA Free Press journalist Peter Jay Philbin. Of the performance the LA Free Press said "It was Bruce Springsteen who made the crowd collision, the stepped on toes, the smoke-pained eyeballs, the walk away from the TV set all worthwhile…never have I been more impressed with a debuting singer than I was with Bruce Springsteen on Monday night." Also in the 400 member audience to watch Bruce was soul singer Jerry Butler, who was about to begin a six-night stint at the club, starting the following evening.

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