1975-10-04 Michigan Palace, Detroit, MI

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Set opens with "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and includes an exceptional encore with a very spirited "Detroit Medley", the first rendition of The Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" (sung as a duet with Miami Steve, in its only tour appearance) and the second of three tour performances of "Little Queenie". "Spirit In The Night" includes the opening lines of Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction. "The E Street Shuffle" includes "Having A Party". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. Bruce would later comment that this night was the first time in his life that he did not want to get up on stage. In an interview with Robert Hilburn for the Los Angeles Times, Bruce felt that the promotion for Born To Run was overwhelming him. "I felt that I had lost a certain control of myself", he told Hilburn, "There was all the publicity and all the backlash. I felt that the thing I wanted most in my life - my music - being swept away and I didn't know if I could do anything about it. I could see how people get into drinking or drugs, because the one thing you want at a time like that is to be distracted - in a big way I was lucky. I had my band, which was people I had grown up with." As a side note, this story has occasionally been incorrectly attributed to Bruce's February 15, 1977 show in Detroit, particularly in Rob Kirkpatrick's Magic in the Night: The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen. However, Hilburn's original article is clearly referring to this show. A critical ear could perhaps detect a slight drop in the energy of Springsteen's performance compared to other shows around this time, although the encore is one of the best of the tour to date. It's interesting that Bruce chose to open with the upbeat "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", instead of the usual "Meeting Across The River", "Thunder Road" or "Incident On 57th Street", all played in slow, downbeat arrangements. This is also the first show of the tour confirmed not to include "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City".

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