1974-03-03 Gaston Hall, Washington, DC (Early)

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Scheduled: 19:30 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

Info & Setlist | Venue

Early (7:30pm) show, with Springsteen and band headlining and Orleans opening. Held in the sold-out, 750-seat Gaston Hall. A copy of the concert contract signed by Steve Appel (Mike's brother, and the band's road manager) indicates that the original plan was for one show (8pm) in the much larger McDonough Arena, scheduled for February 25. These details were crossed out and amended before the contract was signed. Springsteen's fee for appearing was $1500. See our Gallery tab to view the contract. Critic Jerry Gilbert attended both shows and wrote a lengthy, highly detailed review of the night's events that appeared a couple of weeks later in Sounds magazine. The listed eleven-song setlist for the first show is likely to be complete and includes all seven of the songs from The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle album, the only known time that happened (until 2009, at least), although it probably had occurred before due to the amount of undocumented setlists from this era. Paul confirmed that "Walking The Dog" and the solo piano "For You" were played at the early show. Paul also notes that Bruce spoke about the shows with NRBQ in Atlanta in early February and highly recommended seeing them.

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