1974-05-09 Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA (Late)

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

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Second of two shows, double bill, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opening for headliner Bonnie Raitt. This is one of most famous Springsteen gigs yet, ironically, one of the most inaccurately reported - the key point of confusion being that there were two separate admission shows on the night and the long-circulating audio has been long-attributed to the wrong show. Precise setlist details of the late show remain problematic due to conflicting recollections. Critic Jon Landau's much-quoted "I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen" line emanates from this night. Landau only attended, and his Real Paper review only covers, the late show. However Landau's review, in conjunction with information from other attendee recollections, provides an accurate, albeit partial, setlist for the late show, one that lasted 20-30 minutes longer than the early show. Bruce opened with the slow arrangement of "The E Street Shuffle", the only known instance that Bruce has opened with this song. "For You" is the solo piano version. Bruce knew that Landau was attending the late show and he unveiled at least one new composition (possibly up to three) for Landau's ears. One of these, "Born To Run" (identified in Landau's review as the song with the "Telstar" guitar opening), is confirmed via multiple recollections, including later comments by Landau to Dave Marsh. If one or two additional "new songs" were performed during the late show (and this is where there are conflicting stories) then these would have been either "Angel's Blues" (previously only played on March 10) or "The Fever" (rarely played and considered new) or two songs that Bruce had written and was already fiddling with in the studio, "Jungleland" and "A Love So Fine".



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