1978-05-29 Music Hall, Boston, MA

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

Info & Setlist | Venue

Five songs from the start of the set listed are either from recollections of those present or a review in the Boston Globe, so they might not be accurate. It's likely that "For You" was played after "Something In The Night". "Racing In The Street" segues directly into "Thunder Road" from this show onwards. "Growin' Up" features a story about a gypsy woman, with Bruce singing a line from the Curtis Mayfield tune of that name. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Mickey's Monkey". See our Gallery tab to view Cliff Breining's great shot of the Boston Music Hall marquee, and our News tab for a newspaper review of the show. According to a review in The Boston Globe, the J. Geils Band attended this first show, and met Bruce during the intermission where he invited them back to the hotel after the show. This is presumably the first time Bruce met Peter Wolf. In addition, the review states there was a five-hour soundcheck/rehearsal before the show due to Bruce still not being satisfied by the sound. It also states that "Badlands" was played several times. In a telephone interview with WBCN Boston's Mark Parenteau on September 26, 1978, Bruce revealed that "Point Blank" was musically composed during soundcheck before one of the three shows at the Music Hall. The lyrics were written on the road after the Boston stand, and the song was premiered at The Roxy on July 7. This soundcheck could have taken place before any of the three Boston gigs, and maybe over more than one soundcheck session.

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