The Boss has a treasure trove of live recordings he releases via his Live.BruceSpringsteen.net website, and this new release actually marks the first time this recording is getting an “official” release.
Available for download now is Springsteen’s July 7, 1978 show from The Roxy in West Hollywood, Calif. The gig was originally broadcast on KMET-FM and became one of the most popular Springsteen bootlegs among fans.
The show is unique not just because of its broadcast but in the fact that on July 5, The Boss was playing his first arena show in Los Angeles at The Forum, and this gig at The Roxy was, more or less, a surprise show. In a time before social media, literal word-of-mouth started spreading within The Forum show, which according to writer Erik Flannigan, led to people leaving that gig in order to try and get tickets for The Roxy gig.
And now you kind of understand why this show has been so popular as a bootleg.
To download this recording, head to Live.BruceSpringsteen.net.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – The Roxy July 7, 1978 – Track Listing
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
THE PROMISED LAND
PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
RACING IN THE STREET
PARADISE BY THE “C”
ADAM RAISED A CAIN
SHE’S THE ONE
IT’S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY
ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
BORN TO RUN
BECAUSE THE NIGHT
RAISE YOUR HAND
SECOND ENCORE BREAK
TWIST AND SHOUT
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.