During Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 tour in support of Darkness on the Edge of Town, five of the shows were broadcast on the radio. It was partially due to those broadcasted shows that propelled Springsteen to a growing legion of fans and to those who were not yet savy to the new kid on the block.
Now for the first time, one of those shows, his July 7th date at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California, has been released officially to mark its 40th anniversary.
You can download the gig at Springsteen’s website where it says the following: “It is known simply as Roxy ’78.” Adding: “One of Springsteen’s finest shows ever is now available complete and freshly mixed from multi-track master tapes. Playing a special club set broadcast live across L.A., Bruce pulls out all the stops, including the debut performances of ‘Point Blank,’ ‘Independence Day’ (solo piano), [Buddy Holly’s] ‘Rave On’ and [Elvis Presley’s] ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ plus the first tour versions of [Eddie Floyd’s] ‘Raise Your Hand’ and [the Isley Brothers’] ‘Twist and Shout’ to wrap this jaw-dropping stop on the Darkness tour.”
By all accounts, the show was arranged quickly at the 500-seat club, and the show took place two days after Springsteen played the much bigger Forum, which by the way, was his first arena as a headliner in theLos Angeles area.
In much the same way as the Grateful Dead live tape were handed on by person to person, cassettes, CDs and later on, mp3s of the concert, have made their way in to Springsteen fans over the 40 years. Now you can own the very same recording, mastered and direct from the man himself.