It’s no accident that Bruce Springsteen frontloaded his his first arena shows in Philadelphia with three songs centered around a nocturnal theme.
On October 25th and October 27th, 1976, Springsteen played two concerts at The Spectrum, and both shows opened with “Night,” followed by the meet-at-midnight rare cut “Rendezvous,” and then “Spirit in the Night” from his debut LP Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ.
Obviously, the concerts took place during the night time, but there was more significance to it than that. On this soundboard recording of night two, you can hear The Boss sum it up in his delivery: “You work nine to five / and somehow you survive till the night.”
October 27th was a Wednesday. This wasn’t even a weekender crowd cheering for that lyric; it was people who had been at their respective grinds all day long, in offices or factories or schools or wherever they might be employed; people who had to go to work the next day but knew that they had earned this night out and were going to enjoy themselves. Continue reading →