Friday, December 24, 2010

The Boss: Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ September 20, 1978.

This vintage footage is the young Springsteen who was known for giving incredible concerts.... as described at my alma mater:

Such was the case when a scrappy 25-year-old Bruce Springsteen rolled into Charlottesville on November 17, 1974, and the man later known as the Boss played with his E Street Band to a packed Mem Gym. Bruce had already won a respectable cult following with his first two albums and a reputation for turning concerts into near-religious experiences, so expectations among the 1,500 or so in the audience were high.

By all accounts, New Jersey's future favorite son did not disappoint. The audience reportedly was whipped into such a frenzy that it almost seemed as if, as the Cavalier Daily put it, Springsteen "performed with" the audience more than performing to them.

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