One of those real special nights - Bruce Blog

May 8, 2008
One of those real special nights Posted by Stan Goldstein May 08, 2008

Wednesday night's benefit show for the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, was one of those real special Bruce Springsteen performances, one that will go down in the history books as a great, great show.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed a whole album from start to finish, in the order the songs appear on the album.

But it wasn't just one album, it was two. Fans were treated to the entire "Darkness on the Edge of Town" album, then the entire "Born To Run" album. To cap off the night, Bruce played four fun, fun encores.

Patti Scialfa came out to talk to the audience. She said she goes back more than 25 years with the Count Basie Theatre. She told the crowd that she grew up in Deal, just north of Asbury Park and the movie theater she remembers was the Mayfair Theater in Asbury Park. "It was so beautiful. It has this arched ceiling with the stars and the sky. And they had little love seats in the balcony that everyone got their first kiss in. Not me though!," said Scialfa.

She said how it was so sad when the tore down the Mayfair in the early 1970s and she wants to make sure what happened to the Mayfair Theater doesn't happen to the Count Basie. Scialfa then introduced Brian Williams of NBC News. Williams, a native of Middletown and a graduate of Mater Dei High School, said he goes way back with the Jersey Shore, to the Stone Pony and to the Tradewinds. Said he spent many a night seeing the band Fresh and hitting those places after hearing rumors that Bruce might show up and play.

He talked up Jack's Music Shoppe in Red Bank, as "they sold more rolling papers than records in the 1970s." Williams said: "I've been all over the world and there's no better place to be than right here." Williams then introduced Bruce who came on at 8:39 p.m.

"Good evening" Bruce said to the packed house. He said: "We're going to do something different tonight. We're going to take the Darkness and Born To Run albums and play them in sequence for you.

"So that should be interesting." Bruce said so "we don't send you home suicidal." He talked about writing the Darkness album. How in 1977 he was livining in a house on farm in Holmdel and it was a tough period in his life. " When the band broke into "Badlands" the first song from the album, things were a bit messed up and Bruce said: "We ******* it up already." . Read more

Since: Feb 08

Hoboken, NJ

#1 May 8, 2008

The setlist:
1. Badlands
2. Adam Raised A Cain
3. Something In The Night
4. Candy's Room
5. Racing In The Street
6. The Promised Land
7. Factory
8. Streets Of Fire
9. Prove It All Night
10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town

They took a 15-minute break and came back to play the "Born To Run" album.
Bruce talked about how it took him six months to write and record the song "Born To Run" and another six months to finish the rest of the album. He said it was make or break time for the band, as they were in danger of being dropped from Columbia Records.

Romsey, UK

#2 May 9, 2008
The next set was Born to Run then in the encores a 4 song 70's set including Rosalita
freddy joe

Hoboken, NJ

#3 May 9, 2008
yes, yes brent. It was an amazing concert to read about. I wonder if this will be released as a live CD collection. I cant wait, that would be so amazingly awesome.

Brent when are you coming over, please keep us posted.

Apopka, FL

#4 May 9, 2008

Romsey, UK

#5 May 9, 2008
I'm sure there will be a bootleg on dimeadozen within the next few weeks

Hoboken, NJ

#6 May 9, 2008
Skater4life wrote:
You are dirty potty mouth.

Romsey, UK

#7 May 12, 2008
On dimeadozen now!

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