That's one skinny boy

That's one skinny boy

Found this old picture while I was poking around in the vast, dusty archives of the Coulson Presidential Library. Yep, that’s me, posing in front of the family estate in Virginia Beach with my dad’s MGB convertible. I was covered in paint and wood stain after my first day at a real job (house painter for R&J Contractors). I used the photo to illustrate a CD I burned the other day of the first Bruce Springsteen concert I ever attended, on Aug. 14, 1978, at Hampton Coliseum. I was amazed to discover the concert in its entirety online. It sure brought back wonderful memories of my first taste of The Boss 30 years ago.

Here’s an annotated set list from the concert:

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
A rarity I’ve never heard him play again in 30 years
BADLANDS
You gotta live it every day…
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
Made me want to hang out at Greasy Lake with Janie and the rest of the gang. But what was that dust Wild Billy shook out of his coonskin cap?
DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
The namesake of the tour.
FACTORY
More rousing in concert than on the record. Could have really slowed the show down, but instead served as a great build-up to…
THE PROMISED LAND
The dogs on Main Street howl, ’cause they understand…
PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
He did.
RACING IN THE STREET
The summer’s here and the time is right. He got that right.
THUNDER ROAD
The sign on the shack said, “This is the land of peace, love, justice — and no mercy.” The sign at the end of the road read, “Thunder Road.”
JUNGLELAND
The Professor showed us how he earned his PhD on the piano.
PARADISE BY THE C
What? An instrumental? OK, Clarence, whatever you want to play…
FOR YOU
I came for you, but I did not need your urgency.
4TH JULY ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
RIP Danny Federici.
SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN
We enter the cover song portion of the evening with a Chuck Berry rocker.
NOT FADE AWAY/GLORIA/SHE’S THE ONE
Unreal extended jam — thought the concert was ending, but it was only halfway there. Sure got my $7 worth (yes, youngsters, there was a time when concert tickets could be had for single digits.)
GROWIN’ UP
Where I was in my head at the time. No wonder I love this band.
BACKSTREETS
The Professor shines again.
ROSALITA (Come Out Tonight)
Now I know your mama she don’t like me ’cause I play in a rock ‘n’ roll band…
BORN TO RUN
The joint was rocking. If memory serves, the house lights came up and all 18,000 fans were standing on their chairs and singing along. But I’m old and my memory might have been embellished over the years. And by this point in the concert, my brain might have been a bit muddled (from all the studying I’d been doing. What did you think I meant?)
BECAUSE THE NIGHT
Patti Smith had just borrowed this song from Bruce in the recording studio and made it into a hit. He showed her how the original was played in the encore.
QUARTER TO THREE
A song written by Gary “U.S.” Bonds in Norfolk and recorded on Church Street in that fair city across the river from Hampton. A rock classic and fitting end to the most amazing concert.