Opening night of the Darkness Tour in Buffalo, NY.
From our friends over at Brucebase:
Opening night of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. The soundcheck includes extensive workouts of Billy Lee Riley's 1958 rockabilly cut "Is That All To The Ball (Mr. Hall)". This opener included the only live performance of "The Promise" with the full E Street Band until the Asbury Park Carousel web broadcast in 2010. This 22-song setlist featured the world premieres of eight songs from Darkness On The Edge Of Town, the entire album aside from "Factory" and "Something In The Night" (which had made its debut in 1976). "Prove It All Night" has a piano and guitar solo introduction - this will develop and expand throughout the tour, becoming a concert (and career long) highlight. The "Backstreets" interlude continues to evolve and for the first time the middle section contains the 'Sad Eyes' segment. The monologue would vary throughout the tour, and often include lyrics found in "Drive All Night". Two more new songs were featured in the second set, the world premiere of "Paradise By The "C"" and the live premiere of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town outtake "Fire". A contributor to the Greasy Lake website recalls that Bruce read the lyrics of these two songs from sheets of paper.
According to Billboard, opening night was a sellout, with an attendance of 3,187 and gross receipts of $23,200.
Soundcheck: IS THAT ALL TO THE BALL (MR. HALL) - MY GIRL JOSEPHINE - BADLANDS RIFF / THUNDER ROAD / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IS THAT ALL TO THE BALL (MR. HALL) / FIRE / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE
BADLANDS / NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / FOR YOU / THUNDER ROAD / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / CANDY'S ROOM / THE PROMISED LAND / PARADISE BY THE "C" / FIRE / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / STREETS OF FIRE / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / THE PROMISE / BORN TO RUN/ TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN
Musical Sources are from Audience tapes. Two recording sources circulate, the first was released on CDR 'Go!' (B Street) and 'Buffalo '78' as well as a low generation transfer titled Volume 18 of the DS Archives (mjk5510).
A second much improved source was released on CDR 'Darkness Starts Here' which is sourced from the master tapes by (JC). Also, released on CDR 'Opening Night In The Darkness' which also includes the soundcheck. It is uncertain which source this release uses. The complete length of the soundcheck recording is 38:05, however there are cuts and edits throughout so the actual soundcheck would have been longer.
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