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

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Scheduled: 22:30 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

Info & Setlist | Venue

Late (10:30pm) 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. Intriguingly, Gilbert (who clearly notes "Let The Four Winds Blow" as ending the second show) mentions that following the second show Springsteen sat down at a piano backstage and played him (plus Mike Appel and some of the band members) a brand new song that he'd recently written, unfortunately, Gilbert doesn't mention the song's title. "The E Street Shuffle" includes "Having A Party" in the outro. "Walking The Dog" includes David Sancious playing a bit of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" during his solo. Last known performance of "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" with the original album third verse "waitress" lyrics until 2005. By the next circulating performance of the song, Springsteen had rewritten the third verse to the "angels" lyrics. "For You" is the solo piano version.

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