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Oral history: Reliving the legendary Springsteen bomb scare show

Story Highlights

  • Cast of characters:
  • Dave Benton (fan)
  • Lt. Steven Caballero (Milwaukee Police Dept. bomb squad commander)
  • Robert Cavallo (photographer)
  • Mark Goff (photographer, Bugle American)
  • Louie Lucchesi (fan)
  • Damien Jaques (Milwaukee Journal reviewer)
  • Peter Mortensen (Chief Concierge, The Pfister Hotel)
  • Drew Olson (fan)
  • Michael Plaisted (fan)
  • Rick Rand (fan)
  • Bob Reitman (WQFM dj/emcee)
  • Bruce Springsteen (The Boss)
  • Garry Tallent (E Street Band bassist)

Milwaukee is a city rife with associations, from beer to brats, Hogs to "Happy Days."

But for devoted fans of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Milwaukee means only one thing: the bomb scare show – that Thursday night in October 1975 when the band's Cream City concert was halted by a bomb threat and resumed three hours later, resulting in a high-energy show unlike any other the band would ever perform.

Today is the 40th anniversary of that legendary gig: Are you loose?!

We tell the story here in an oral history.

This a a really long story so I won't reprint it here, just follow the link.  I promise, you won't regret reading it.


The SPL Rocks!


Pulled up to my house today
Came and took my little girl away!
Giants Stadium 8/28/03


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