Springsteen Live in Troy: 1978

In 2002, I wrote a history of Bruce Springsteen’s performances in the Capital Region published in the Times Union,  where I’m an editor and page designer. Here is an excerpt about the Troy 1978 show and here is a link to the story

Nov. 12, 1978, RPI Houston Field House, Troy

Noteworthy: Springsteen tested out many songs that would eventually be released on “The River” in November 1980. “The rocker … threatened the very fiber of the crowd’s order,” our critic observed, “performing much of the night on a ramp within grabbing range and singing half of one song in the middle of a swarm of fans. At least half of the songs could have been showstoppers.”

Fans’ notes: “I remember two of my friends sleeping out all night to get tickets and getting their car towed. But they bought all the tickets they could buy: 20 of them in the eighth row. They were heroes in our dorm at Siena. I remember the concert lasted more than three hours.”

— Rick Mulvey, East Greenbush

Set list: Jerry Lee Lewis’ “High School Confidential,” “Badlands,” “Streets of Fire,” “Spirit in the Night,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “Independence Day,” “Promised Land,” “Prove It All Night,” “Racing in the Street,” “Thunder Road,” “Jungleland,” Buddy Holly’s “Rave On,” “Fire,” “Candy’s Room,” “Because the Night,” “Point Blank,” Bo Diddley’s “Mona,” “Backstreets,” “Rosalita,” “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” “Born to Run,” “Detroit Medley/Quarter to Three.”

Bootleg: “Prove It All Night: Live in Troy New York.” Decent quality; super set list.

Note: The owner of the second part of this matching ticket, Rick Mulvey of East Greenbush, put in his will that I can have his ticket stub, since it matches perfectly with my stub, the wrong end of the ticket. Rick, unfortunately, can’t make the show this year because of tax season!


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