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

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

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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 listed 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; given audio evidence from surrounding shows, it is almost certain that this is the early version of "A Love So Fine" sung with the chorus "a night like this"; we can most likely assume that this song was played as part of the encore. The main set closes with "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)".

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