1976-09-30 Roxy Theatre (The), West Hollywood, CA

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Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt make an unannounced guest appearance (on background vocals) during an encore at Dion DiMucci's second (late) show at The Roxy. Dion introduces the pair as "honorary Belmonts". Bruce had first met Dion in October 1975 while visiting a Spector-Dion recording session in LA. However Steven Van Zandt, while touring as a member of the backing band for '50s vocal group The Dovells, had actually played guitar in Dion's backing band at a show in Miami, Florida on December 31, 1972, that trip (according to Steve) being the original source of the nickname "Miami" Steve. Lee Foy, saxophonist with Dion's newly-assembled Streetheart Band, recalls: "Our opening show took place in Los Angeles at the Roxy Theatre. The show was well received. But because we were basically a new group it wasn't that polished. However, it wasn't terrible either. In fact Bruce Springsteen was in the audience and came backstage to offer some constructive criticism which we accepted and put to use."

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