Bruce Springsteen Releases ‘Winterland 12/15/78 & 12/16/78’ Live Archival Sets
Bruce Springsteen released two live gems from near the end of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour with the E Street Band. The recordings document The Boss at legendary concert promoter Bill Graham’s Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on December 15 and 16, 1978 shortly before the Grateful Dead played the final show at the venue on New Year’s Eve.
The December 15 show is more well known as it received a live radio broadcast along with being widely bootlegged as “Live In The Promised Land.” But the new recording features the best quality yet, Plangent transferred from two newly discovered two-track, 15 IPS master reels captured by the Record Plant Remote Truck.
The December 16 show, however, is previously unheard except for “Fire,” which featured on Live 1975-85. The show has received a fresh mix from Plangent Processed, multi-track master tapes by renowned producer, engineer and Springsteen collaborator Jon Altschiller. According to Erik Flannigan’s blog post about the shows on Nugs.net, Bruce altered the setlist the second night so that those attending both show could hear different material. For instance, Springsteen opts to open with “Good Rockin’ Tonight” instead of the previous night’s opener “Badlands.” The Boss also chose to treat fans to the tour debut of “Rendezvous” as well as a handful of other unreleased originals including “Independence Day,” “The Fever,” “Fire,” “Because the Night” and “Point Blank.”