1974-09-22 Student Center, Union, NJ

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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. This show is unusually known for Springsteen's outfit - an outrageous peacock design shirt. The set features the earliest recorded "A Love So Fine" with the chorus sung "a night like this." 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." 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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