1976-08-22 Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, MA

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

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Although only starting with Springsteen & The E Street Band on August 1, this would be the final performance of the Miami Horns Quartet(line-up #1), who must leave to re-join a recovered Southside Johnny on tour. The Jukes had been off the road while Southside recovered from illness. Steve Van Zandt, who had orchestrated "borrowing" the Horns for six shows, huddled with his players, getting recommendations for replacement musicians. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes Roy playing a minute of Bach's "Prelude No. 1 In C Major (BWV 846)" from "The Well-Tempered Clavier" in the band introductions and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. A fan present comments, "So we sit patiently waiting for the band, with no idea what is about to hit us. After a seemingly endless wait, the lights dim and the band comes out and Bam! they burst into "Night" - such a powerhouse version that I can still feel the buzz from it when I think about it. That song is never mentioned as one of the great Springsteen tunes, but since that time, I've always regarded it as one of his finest. I've been a huge rock music fan for all of my life - since those days, I've been a music critic and written hundreds of articles and thousands of reviews and have bought well over ten thousand records and CDs. I've played in my own band, recorded multiple CDs, and run an independent record label, and after all this, I still think of that show as the point where I first saw something that I've only seen a handful of other times: what real rock and roll is."



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