1974-10-18 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ

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

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One show, with Springsteen & The E Street Band closing the show (although billed second), headliner John Sebastian playing second and an up-and-coming Dan Fogelberg opening. Sebastian wisely let Bruce close, after hearing about the events of Anne Murray's predicament on August 3 and watching the band soundcheck. First known Springsteen version of "Spanish Harlem". "The E Street Shuffle" includes "Having A Party". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. "A Love So Fine" includes a brief instrumental snippet of "Shout". John Scher spoke about the concert in an interview with Jay Lustig for Backstreets: During soundcheck, says Scher, "I was just sitting in the empty theater, watching what was going on, and John Sebastian came over and sat down next to me. And we were just bullshitting. And then, ten minutes, 15 minutes into bullshitting, the E Street Band started playing. And in those days — it could still be in these days, I don't know — they took every second they were on the stage very seriously. They weren't just fucking around. They were playing. I can't remember how long they soundchecked for. Somewhere between a half hour and an hour, I would say. And when they were finished, Sebastian turned around to me and said, 'There is not a chance in the fucking world that I'm following this! Not a chance, John. There's nothing you can say that will get me to close the show.' And I said, 'Look, you're the headliner.' He said, 'I don't give a shit. I'm not following this!' And so, after I determined that he wasn't screwing around, and he was dead serious, I went backstage and talked to Bruce. And I said, 'Here's what Sebastian said. Will you close? Do you mind?' And of course he didn't mind. He was fine. And Sebastian was great. But Bruce followed him."

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