1975-11-06 Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, Tempe, AZ

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

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Held in the school's Gammage Auditorium. One of the more memorable - and best - shows of the Born To Run Tour. "Thunder Road" is the slow version with Roy on piano and Bruce on harmonica and vocals. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. There were phoned-in bomb threats received several hours before the start of this show - however, after some initial panic by organizers and the Springsteen camp, the police determined that the individuals making the threats had gotten their schedules mixed up - they'd been intended for controversial ex-Vietnam veteran Lieutenant William Calley's speaking engagement in Gammage the previous night! Springsteen delivered a blistering show and worked the crowd into a complete frenzy, so much so that the large, humanity-packed balcony of Gammage began visibly swaying during the final stages of the concert. It was later reported that school officials had nearly decided to stop the show prematurely, although a post-concert engineering report gave the balcony a clean bill of health. Bruce refers to this incident when he returns to the same venue in 1996: "It's nice to be back at the Gammage… I seem to remember wrecking this place as a young man… yeah, something about the balcony, I don't know… I'm sure they got it all fixed by now, fortunately…" He went on to suggest that those seated on the balcony refrain from too much dancing. Max Weinberg recalled the same event in a 2018 interview: "We had one occasion back in the '70s to play in Tempe, Ariz., where Frank Lloyd Wright designed a performing arts center called Grammage [sic]. It was originally designed to be an opera house in Baghdad. I think it was the first and only rock concert they ever had there. The audience was so enthusiastic that they cracked the concrete in the balcony, jumping up and down."

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