1978-12-15 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Scheduled: 21:00 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

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First show of two at the Winterland Ballroom. Probably the most famous show Bruce will ever do, and undoubtedly one of the best. The versions of "The Promised Land" and "Prove It All Night" are exceptional and "Backstreets" is better than that. Final tour performance for "Raise Your Hand". "She's The One" includes "I Get Mad".
The identity of the final song has been the topic of heated debate over the years, one fan present says "It looked like the show was over. The band was gone. But no one else would leave. The place - I guess about 5000 in festival seating, actually standing - was just roaring, going nuts. Bruuuuce, on and on. Finally, he came back alone, and the band finally trickled out and Bruce said, "We're off the radio now, but I'll do one more for you guys. This is the first song I ever learned to play on the guitar," and then "Twist and Shout". A great version, too. He was standing on speakers ten feet off the floor. I was there and I'd stake my life on it." However, others are just as insistent that the final song was "Quarter To Three", and other concerts around this time all have "Quarter To Three" as the final song, which supports this view. There is an interview with photographer P.J. Plutzer in Backstreets magazine #49 (Spring 1995), and he clearly states that "Quarter To Three" was the final encore. Plutzer shot some forty shows between 1975-84 including both Winterland gigs. Given the evidence, it is feasible (and perhaps most likely) that Springsteen left the stage after "Quarter To Three" and returned some minutes later (perhaps up to fifteen or twenty, maybe more) to perform "Twist And Shout" in front of those who remained, as he did in Seattle five days later. Perhaps those who are certain that "Quarter To Three" was the final song left the venue and were unaware of Springsteen's return to the stage.
A review of the show by Joel Selvin was printed in the San Francisco Chronicle - click the News tab to read it.

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