One week almost to the minute when Springsteen ignited Badlands to open his set at Hampden, I find this:

14th August 1974, Carlton Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey:


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One can only speculate what a strange gig that would have been.

(Actually it probably wasn’t – the ISB at that time, months before they split forever, were being steered by Mike Heron towards being a mainstream, slightly prog, rock band, so there would have been nothing filigree or patchouli about them that night. But who wouldn’t be blown off stage by the E Street Band?)

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