NYC September 1978
Any excuse to go to New York is a good one in my book, and 36 years ago today (September 16, 1978), I had a pretty good excuse to be in the city: Springsteen's three-night stand at the Palladium. I purposely stayed in a shithole hotel in Hell's Kitchen and scored scalper tickets for the show on the 15th. My notes, complete with a set list scribbled in the darkened theatre, recall that Bruce opened the show with a dedication "For Muhammad Ali in New Orleans tonight," and closed the 24-song set with an incredible -- and extended -- version of Gary U.S. Bonds "Quarter to Three" that carried on long after a threatened "That's all there is New York, there ain't no more!" It was long past midnight when the house lights finally came up and the amps were turned down. I took the long way back to the hotel after the show. New York was wilder in those days and tales of the body in the bar I stopped into for a drink and other adventures are better told over a beer or two. I didn't take a camera to the concert, but I did have a Nikon slung on my shoulder for the rest of the time.