1978-08-07 Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Info & Setlist | Venue

Nearly every gig on the Darkness Tour was a sell out or a virtual sell out. There were only three or four exceptions and this show was the most glaring one - with just 3,000 of the 6,500 tickets sold. The majority of the setlist listed here is taken from a partial audience recording, taped on a 8-track recorder, the rest from the recollections of those present. Several songs are still missing, however. We have independent reports that "Prove It All Night" was particularly spectacular, with one attendee blown away by the power of Springsteen's opening chord of the guitar introduction, as it ricocheted off the back of the stadium. At the conclusion of the song, Bruce noted that the guitar was particularly loud, A brief review, which incorporates an interesting post-concert backstage chat with Bruce, mentions "Growin' Up" (with the 'Let It Rock’ story) as having been performed. No other titles are articulated. Contributors to the Greasy Lake website recall that "Spirit In The Night" and "Sherry Darling" were played. Bruce was on a guaranteed performance fee but mentions in the interview that he is going to compensate the show's promoter for the financial loss sustained. Setlists and/or audio long-circulating and alleged to be from this gig are in fact slight permutations of the audio from the November 25 show in St, Louis, MO. Consequently Kalamazoo’s seemingly strange setlist (for the mid-tour period) as reported elsewhere is incorrect and "The Ties That Bind" did not make its world debut at this August 7 show.

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