Bruce Springsteen – Rockin Houston on the Darkness Tour

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Springsteen played Houston twice on the Darkness tour: the first show was July 15, 1978, in the Sam Houston Coliseum, and the second show was December 8, 1978, at The Summit. The first show was less than one week before the Rolling Stones were to play the Coliseum on their Some Girls tour so it was one heck of a week for Houston concert fans.

It took some time to get used to his cleaned up image since it had been three years since Springsteen last played Houston next door at the Music Hall. There was some concern that as he changed his look maybe he had also changed his style of performance. But when he came onstage with the words “Gimme some lights. Houston long time, no see”, all doubt was gone. The show rocked — it was a classic multi hour show.

When he returned to Houston less than 6 months later playing to a much large crowd at the Summit, it felt as if the world was getting in on the secret. As a side note, a large billboard was erected over one of Houston’s freeways. Allegedly, Bruce and a few others scaled it in the middle of the night and added their own art work.

Bruce Kessler
rockinhouston.com

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Bruce Springsteen 1978 - SAM HOUSTON COLISEUM, HOUSTON, TX

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Bruce Springsteen ticket 1978 - SAM HOUSTON COLISEUM, HOUSTON, TX

July 15, 1978- SAM HOUSTON COLISEUM, HOUSpringsteen_Houston_HSTON, TX
Set list

  1. BADLANDS
  2. NIGHT
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. FOR YOU
  6. THE FEVER
  7. THE PROMISED LAND
  8. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  9. RACING IN THE STREET
  10. THUNDER ROAD
  11. JUNGLELAND
  12. PARADISE BY THE “C”
  13. FIRE
  14. CANDY’S ROOM
  15. ADAM RAISED A CAIN
  16. NOT FADE AWAY – SHE’S THE ONE
  17. GROWIN’ UP
  18. BACKSTREETS
  19. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  20. THE PROMISE
  21. BORN TO RUN
  22. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  23. QUARTER TO THREE

 

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December 8, 1978 – THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX
December 8, 1978 – THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX

December 8, 1978 – THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX

December 8, 1978 – THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX
Set list

  1. Springsteen_Houston_OBADLANDS
  2. STREETS OF FIRE
  3. IT’S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  6.  INDEPENDENCE DAY
  7. THE PROMISED LAND
  8. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  9. RACING IN THE STREET
  10. THUNDER ROAD
  11. JUNGLELAND
  12. THE TIES THAT BIND
  13. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  14. THE FEVER
  15. FIRE
  16. CANDY’S ROOM
  17. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  18. POINT BLANK
  19. MONA
  20. PREACHER’S DAUGHTER
  21. SHE’S THE ONE
  22. I GET MAD
  23. BACKSTREETS
  24. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  25. BORN TO RUN
  26. DETROIT MEDLEY
  27. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  28. YOU CAN’T SIT DOWN
  29. QUARTER TO THREE

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