1973-03-12 Oliver's, Boston, MA

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One show, with Springsteen and band the sole act on the bill. This was the opening night of a week-long, seven-show residency at the small, 400 seat Boston club. The performances during this residency at Oliver's were significant, as not only was this Bruce's first headlining club residency since Kenny's Castaways in late 1972 but, unlike Castaways, these were one-show-per-night gigs that enabled Springsteen to stretch out the performances to two hours or longer each night. In addition, there was a fanatical pre-1973 fan base of New Jersey shore region kids living in Boston and attending the city's many universities, so the Oliver's shows were sold-out and overflowing with many of the same people every night. Springsteen responded by dramatically altering the setlist each evening and performing new or infrequently played material (both covers and originals). Greetings Tour sound manager Albee Tellone, who rates the March gigs at Oliver's as among the finest of all the 1973 shows has commented: "After the disappointments we encountered on the west coast leg, it was incredible to arrive back and get this amazing reception in Boston. It was a fantastic homecoming, so to speak."

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