1973-06-08 Boston Garden, Boston, MA

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Scheduled: 20:00 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

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One show, double bill, with Bruce and the boys opening for headliners Chicago. The eight of thirteen consecutive shows. Bruce's performance was almost certainly restricted to a maximum of 45 minutes. This report comes from the then-14-year-old Brad, who was present at one of the Boston Garden shows: "I was instantly mesmerized with Springsteen's performance, but I had no idea who he was. The master of ceremonies introduced them as "The Bruce Springsteen Band," but it was garbled and I could not clearly hear the "Springsteen" part. At this show, they definitely played "Spirit In the Night" (with the back and forth audience participation), and the only other song I clearly remember was "Growin' Up" when Bruce played solo on piano. They might have played "Thundercrack" too, because it sounded oddly familiar six years later when I was collecting bootlegs, and it was on 'Fire on the Fingertips' and one of the Main Point 1975 boots." "At the Boston Show, he wore a white ruffled tuxedo shirt, black jacket and black pants, ran around the stage like a madman, and mugged with Clarence Clemons throughout the night. To this day, I recall thinking and telling my buddy "If this guy was discovered, he would be an incredibly famous rock star…" That is the absolute truth, but my music friends to this day think I'm trying to boast when I tell them the details of this story. I don't remember anything about Chicago's performance – are you surprised?" Next most popular area after Philly is Boston!

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