Tramps Like Us, who Bruce Springsteen’s former producer and manager Mike Appel has called: “The GREATEST Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band In The LAND!” is set to re-create yet another legendary and historic Bruce Springsteen concert in their continuing series of classic Springsteen concert re-creations…
If you missed what is now considered a classic legendary Springsteen concert from years past and wondered what it would be like to have been there in person, well you are in luck…
Tramps Like Us, is the FIRST and ONLY band ever to re-create Springsteen concerts in their entirety, receiving high praise from fans and media outlets alike, as well as selling out venues across the tri-state area in the process. Currently with 7 historic concerts in their repertoire and more on the way, take a trip to the past with Tramps Like Us.
It was August 9, 1978, in Cleveland, Ohio…
The air was literally electric – muggy and rainy outside, with summer lightning crackling, and fans jamming the Agora entrance almost two hours before showtime. Because it was a general admission show, some had slept on the sidewalk the night before in hopes of landing a front row spot for the show.
They whistled, they clapped, and chanted in the background as Denny Sanders signed on the broadcast to welcome the radio listeners. Kid Leo did the on-stage introduction, “I have the duty and the pleasure of welcoming, ladies and gentlemen, the main event. Round for round, pound for pound, there ain’t no finer band around – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band!”
The show went on for twenty-one songs in two sets, and an encore ending in “Raise Your Hand.” “I’d like to thank Cleveland for supporting us,” Springsteen said. “When we came here, we got some respect.” The broadcast ended past midnight, after more than four hours. Leo read the credits but fully expected Springsteen would do one more encore. Springsteen, nearly spent, returned one more time for a surprise encore of “Twist and Shout” for the Agora crowd. It wasn’t carried live, though we broadcast it later.
The broadcast was flawless, which might explain why Columbia Records never released it as an album. The radio audience was estimated at three million, and the show was one of Springsteen’s most-recorded, most-bootlegged, and most downloaded.
E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg once called it the best show the E Street Band ever did.
Former WMMS program director John Gorman has a great remembrance of the show…”Though there were many WMMS Tenth Anniversary concerts and events, the one that will always be first and foremost is Bruce Springsteen’s live concert broadcast at the Agora on Wednesday, August 9, 1978. For many Springsteen aficionados that show stands as Bruce and the Band’s all-time best live performance. I concur.’
CLick here for tickets Now:Saturday December 22 Tramps Like Us at the Showcase Live in Boston
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The Agora, Cleveland 1978
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The Light In Darkness
is a collector’s edition, we are almost sold out. Less than 200 copies remain.
A great companion piece to The Promise box set, it focuses on the 1978 Darkness on The Edge of Town
album and tour.
Read about the iconic concerts from fans who were there – the Agora, Winterland, Roxy, MSG, Capitol Theatre, Boston Music Hall, The Spectrum and over seventy more!
A perfect gift for the holidays!
The Light In Darkness
book can be purchased the night of the Showcase Live concert. Special signed copies by Lawrence Kirsch of this limited edition can be purchased on December 22, 2012 during the Tramps Like Us