We like to feature vintage concert audio from Cleveland 'round these parts (see below). Bruce Springsteen is kind of a big hit around here. A few months back, we showcased this legendary show from the Agora, and now we have some fine news to share with you.
Bruce will be releasing the 8/9/78 Agora show
CDs next month. (UPDATE: Digital downloads are available now, a fact which was not shared when this story was first published.)
From producer Toby Scott:
I found the seven Agora tape reels in a box that had been returned from the Rock'n Roll Hall Of Fame. The tapes were part of an exclusive Springsteen exhibit “Asbury Park to the Promised Land”. It wasn’t until the request to release this show came up that the tapes needed to be found. Not at Sony, not at Thrill Hill Archives, not at the archiving company. Last known location was the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame. They informed me what box to look in and there they were, marked with the original indication of speed, tracks and show date.
Originally published Sept. 23:
Considered by many to rank among the greatest Bruce Springsteen shows of all time, 8/9/78 at the Agora is a real titan. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of WMMS, the concert features Bruce and the band in their prime.
From WMMS program director John Gorman:
Though there were many WMMS Tenth Anniversary concerts and events, the one that will always be first and foremost is Bruce Springsteen’s live concert broadcast at the Agora on Wednesday, August 9, 1978. For many Springsteen aficionados that show stands as Bruce and the Band’s all-time best live performance. I concur.
Listen to the show below. Zipped downloads of the bootleg are available here
Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRUCE!
Danny Sanders and Kid Leo Intros
Spirit In The Night
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Prove It All Night
Racing In The Streets
Deeny Sanders Intro
Paradise By The C
Not Fade Away/Gloria/She's The One
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Born To Run
Because The Night
Raise Your Hand