1974-09-22 Student Center, Union, NJ

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Info & Setlist | Venue

One free outdoor show, double bill, with Springsteen & Band headlining and folk stylist Jae Mason opening, held outdoors on the lawn behind the student center. The set features the earliest confirmed and recorded "A Love So Fine", however the song is still clearly in the early stages of development since the chorus is sung "a night like this," rather than "a love so fine." It's worth noting that by the time the next show came around at Avery Fisher Hall, Bruce had changed the chorus to the familiar "a love so fine." "A Night Like This" is a different song (otherwise unrelated to "A Love So Fine") that was recorded for Born To Run in October, and was performed in an acoustic format in Toledo, OH in June 1974. Unusually for the tour, "For You" is performed in the full-band arrangement. "The E Street Shuffle" includes "Having A Party", and "A Love So Fine" features the "Shout" interlude. The tape is notable as the earliest known recording of the E Street Band with new members Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan, introduced as "Mighty Max" and "Mr. Roy Bittan" during "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". This was Bruce's first engagement here since the Dr. Zoom gig (see May 15, 1971 listing) back when the school was known as Newark State College. Check out some photos of the show on our Gallery tab. After the show Springsteen is interviewed by Alan Edwards for a Trenton Times Sunday magazine cover story that ran in October 1974. Alan currently works for Appleseed Recordings, an independent music label that has featured Springsteen's music on several releases, including the 1997 Pete Seeger tribute Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger.

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