The Firecracker Show Turns 30

It was New Year’s Eve 30 years ago when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio. Just after the clock struck midnight, and the band had played “Auld Lang Syne” and “Good Rockin’ Tonight”,  some jackass threw a firecracker on stage, coming dangerously close to Bruce. Well, the Boss was not happy, and admonished the dumbass.

Therefore, this close to 3 hour concert came to be known as “The Firecracker Show”, and quickly wove itself into the mythology of classic Boss bootlegs.

Nothing beats Bruce and the band during this era. I could unleash the superlatives till the cows come home, but that would delay you from hearing a classic E Street show – the Boss in his prime.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, Ohio
December 31st, 1978

Disc 1 (zip)

  • Badlands
  • Streets Of Fire
  • Rendezvous (mp3)
  • Spirit In The Night
  • Darkness On The Edge Of Town
  • Independence Day
  • The Promised Land
  • Prove It All Night
  • Pretty Flamingo

Disc 2 (zip)

  • Thunder Road
  • Jungleland
  • The Ties That Bind
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • The Fever
  • Fire
  • Candy’s Room
  • Because The Night
  • Rave On
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight

Part 3 (zip)

  • Firecracker Incident‘ (mp3)
  • Point Blank
  • Mona / She’s The One (mp3)
  • Backstreets
  • Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

One Comment

  • bill

    Thanks man. I only had this on casette and had decided not to spend the $ to convert all my cassettes to MP3. BTW, you will be happy to know I am out of the dark ages and am now an iPod owner. Now I am going through the incredibly tedious process of downloading some 2000 CDs.

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