1977-12-31 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ

Scheduled: 21:00 Local Start Time 23:15 / End Time 4:00

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Bruce Springsteen accompanies the E Street Band for a night off from Record Plant recording sessions for Darkness On The Edge Of Town. They arrive late in the evening at the theater, to join Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes for a WNEW-FM radio broadcast, and help bring in the new year, who had already performed "It Ain't The Meat (It's The Motion)" and "Auld Lang Syne" at 12 midnight. Happy to be on stage for the first time in nine months, Bruce shares lead vocals with Southside on "Having A Party", which includes "It's All Right" in the introduction. The pair also share vocals on "I Don't Want To Go Home" and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher", and Robert Gordon contributes vocals on "Stagger Lee", which features a snippet of "Red Hot" in the midsection. Springsteen was not on stage for the three songs, which are "Got To Be A Better Way Home", "You Don't Know Like I Know" and "Stagger Lee". After Southside Johnny said happy new year to the crowd, Bruce muttered a few times "it was too early to go home", then his loyal E Street Band crew and The Miami Horns joined him for "Little Latin Lupe Lu and You Can't Sit Down. Then, according a witness, "He gave word to kill the broadcast after the first two numbers." WNEW-FM respectfully signed off, and then an early version of "Drive All Night" is performed live for the first time, as a prelude to a 14-minute "Backstreets". After "Born To Run", Southside Johnny comes out for the show closer, "Quarter To Three".



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