1975-02-18 John Carroll Gym, Cleveland, OH

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Scheduled: 20:00 Local Start Time 20:30 / End Time ??:??

Info & Setlist | Venue

One show, with Springsteen & The E Street Band the sole act on the bill, and held in the 2,000-seat John Carroll University Gymnasium. This concert was originally scheduled for February 27 but moved forward due to a studio session booked at The Record Plant in New York City. Beginning at 8:30pm, the concert began with WMMS DJ Kid Leo's introduction before Springsteen's first song "Incident On 57th Street". According to the University's campus newspaper The Carroll News, "Growin' Up" was the third song of the set, while those present recall both "Thunder Road" (in its early "Wings For Wheels" form) and "Born To Run". A Brucebase reader who attended comments that he and his fellow University Club fraternity members sold tickets, helped set up the stage and the band's equipment, sat through the soundcheck, and ushered the concert. The event was organized by Tim Russert, a 1972 JCU graduate and former University Club president, Russert was later known in the U.S. as host of NBC-TV's Meet The Press and became a close friend of Springsteen's. Bruce and the band were paid $2,500 for the night's work, and Russert even worked as a roadie, helping out the fraternity members. Russert said a few years back in an interview, "I made enough money (from the concert) to pay for my second year of law school."

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