Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A. was released in June, 1984. Three months later, Bruce And The E Street Band rolled in to Philly for six shows at the Spectrum on September 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th. He opened each show with the anthemic title song, ended with “Born To Run” and covers of “Twist and Shout” and “Detroit Medley” (a medley of Mitch Ryder’s “Devil With A Blue Dress,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” and “CC Rider.”) You can see the set lists from each show here. For Springsteen fans here in Philly this was one of his most legendary run of shows. I was lucky enough to see them all. How I made it to work that week I don’t quite remember. We asked WXPN Facebook fans to share their memories of these shows.
Diane Brandt Wilkes: “I was at four of them. I had just started teaching 8th grade English and one of my students had his head on his desk. When I told him to sit up, he said, “I was at the Springsteen concert last night. I’m tired.” I said, “I was there, too, but you don’t see me lying on my desk. And I’m going again tonight, too. Sit up!” My students were so amazed that their strict teacher was going to two Bruce Springsteen shows! It was funny.”
Chris McNelis: “I was 22 & worked in the Spectrum Executive Offices. I went to all 6 shows, & was in the front row for the last show. The girl he pulled up onstage to dance was 2 seats away from me AND was a plant, which was a bummer. But I passed Bruce in the hallway after soundcheck one afternoon & got a nod… Pretty exciting. Still have some great photos from those shows. Great memories.
Neil Roosevelt: “My mother was an Executive Asst for the President of the Spectrum at the time plus a HUGE Bruce fan..She had 2nd row all six nights..on the 3rd night during intermission, Bruces bodyguard came out and told my mom Bruce was going to pick her for Dancing in the Dark..I was in Section S with my friends when all of a sudden Bruce pulls someone out of the audience and starts dancing with her..my friends turn to me and say “Is that your Mom?” and it was.”
More quotes and videos from the shows after the jump.
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