1974-09-19 Main Point (The), Bryn Mawr, PA (Early)

Scheduled: 21:30 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

Info & Setlist | Venue

First of two 'dress-rehearsal' shows, delayed to 9:30pm, with a 'new look' Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band the sole act on the bill. These shows were late additions to the itinerary, unadvertised except by word-of-mouth, and only finalized after the following night's show at the nearby Tower Theatre had sold out. The shows were originally scheduled at 8.00pm and 10:30pm but were pushed back due to a lengthy soundcheck and then a two-hour first show, followed by a two-hour second show (which due to its starting time is sometimes listed as September 20). This was the public performance debut as E Street Band members for Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan. Violinist Suki Lahav would begin appearances with the band on October 4, however Suki (then-wife of 914 Sound Studios engineer Louis Lahav) was always considered a 'guest' performer, never an official member of the E Street Band like Roy and Max were. Partial early show setlist above is from a review in The Villanovan, student newspaper of Villanova University. The reviewer makes several notable comments, including that Springsteen (introduced as "the greatest performer I have ever seen") opens with a song from his upcoming album. This is possibly "Born To Run", but it's more likely to be a song that the author doesn't recognize. When played, "Born To Run" usually takes a mid-set position in the setlist. Secondly, the reviewer notes that a jazz-laden "A Night Like This" is performed, only played once before in an acoustic format on June 2 in Toledo, OH. "A Night Like This" is recorded in the studio in October during the Born To Run sessions but doesn't make the album and is not known to have been performed again. However, since audio from three days later at Kean College has recently emerged which includes "A Love So Fine" sung with the chorus 'a night like this', we can most likely assume that this song is actually "A Love So Fine", and was part of the encore. The main set closes with "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)".



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