1973-12-20 Bristol Motor Inn, Bristol, RI

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Info & Setlist | Venue

One show, with Bruce and the boys the only act advertised on the bill, but a newspaper review and recollections confirm that a cover band called Dick van and the Dykes were the opening act. Unusual show in that it was an official Roger Williams University school event but it was held off campus, inside the nightclub of the Bristol Motor Inn. A review in the student newspaper of the University, The Quill, goes into some detail about events prior to Springsteen and the band taking the stage. There are conflicting stories, but it appears that Bruce and the band arrived to go on stage at around 10pm, but were initially prevented from playing by the organisers because there were only around 100 tickets sold, which would result in a huge monetary loss. The opening act finished after 10pm, and it wasn't until well after midnight that Bruce took to the stage, apologising for a lot of backstage "hassles". This was not the end of the drama however, with the local curfew being 1am, just 35 minutes after Springsteen began his set. The police were in attendance to stop the show, however Bruce managed a 100-minute set before the power was cut after "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Partial setlist listed comes from newspaper reviews of the performance. "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" is likely to have been performed at many of the gigs in this December Christmas period.

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