1978-08-31 Agora (The), Cleveland, OH

Scheduled: 20:00 Local Start Time 23:30 / End Time 03:00

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Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes started their show 3 hours late because their manager and rhythm guitar player, Miami Steve Van Zandt, played guitar at the August 30 Richfield Coliseum gig for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, then hopped in a car and drove across town to the Agora nightclub, where he was coordinating video and WMMS-FM simulcast. Unknown at the time was that 4 E Street Band members came with him, including Bruce, and they didn't come out of the dressing room until the end of the regular set. A fan present writes, "We were at the Agora on August 31. We had tried desperately to get tickets for Bruce that night at the (Richfield) Coliseum, but it got sold out. The Agora show was actually a Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes gig that started about three hours late because, as Southside stated, they had to wait for their lead guitarist (Miami Steve) to get done with another gig across town. Bruce joined the band at the end of the second set and they rocked into the wee hours of the night, neither the band nor the crowd wanted to leave… it was about 4am when we finally got home (with little, or no voice). Great intimate concert with Bruce and Southside." Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, with Miami Steve on rhythm guitar for every song, finished their regular set with "Stagger Lee", joined by Garry Tallent, bass and Clarence Clemons, percussion. Southside moved over and shared lead vocal with Bruce for the first encore, "The Fever", with Clarence Clemons on backing vocals and Steven Van Zandt on guitar. On the second encore "I Don't Want To Go Home", Bruce played guitar and took co-lead vocals again. For the final encore, "Having A Party", Steve Van Zandt took his guitar back from Bruce, and both shared vocals with Southside, while Roy Bittan and Kevin Kavanaugh played keyboards.

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