1978-05-23 Shea's Buffalo Theatre, Buffalo, NY

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

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Opening night of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. Includes the only ever live performance of "The Promise" with the full E Street Band until the Asbury Park Carousel web broadcast in 2010. This 22-song set features the world premieres of eight songs from Darkness On The Edge Of Town, the entire album aside from "Factory" and "Something In The Night" (which had made its debut in 1976). "Prove It All Night" has a piano and guitar solo introduction - this will develop and expand throughout the tour, becoming a concert (and career) highlight. The "Backstreets" interlude continues to evolve and the middle section contains the 'Sad Eyes' segment for the first time. The monologue would vary throughout the tour, and often include lyrics also found in "Drive All Night". Two more new songs feature in the second set, the world premiere "Paradise By The "C"" and the live premiere of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town outtake "Fire". A contributor to the Greasy Lake website recalls that Bruce read the lyrics to these two songs from sheets of paper. According to Billboard, opening night was a sellout, with an attendance of 3,187 and gross receipts of $23,200. The soundcheck includes extensive workouts of Billy Lee Riley's 1958 rockabilly cut "Is That All To The Ball (Mr. Hall)".



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