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Bruce Springsteen's 1978 Cleveland show getting an official release
The concert at the Agora has gone down in music history as one of the greatest concerts of all-time
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Bruce Springsteen played sold-out arenas in 1978, following the release of 'Darkness on the Edge of Town.' But he went back to a club -- the tiny Agora -- for WMMS' 10th anniversary show; the station was key to his early success
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One of Cleveland’s most famous musical moments is being released on CD next month. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Bruce Springsteen's 1978 Cleveland show getting an official release

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Music critics and Bruce Springsteen fans consider his 1978 concert at the Cleveland Agora to be one of the greatest rock shows of all-time. The Boss was playing in a tiny club to celebrate the 10th anniversary of WMMS – then one of the pre-eminent rock stations in the country.

Now, the performance has been re-mastered from the original tapes, found in a box belonging to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jon Gorman was WMMS’ program director and helped make the show happen. In 2010, he said it was a perfect combination of time, place and performer.

“That entire band put so much extra into that concert. There is something about those days when he would play Cleveland, he just gave you a better show than you would see anywhere else. I was fortunate enough to see it and be there.”

The 1978 Agora concert is available now for download, and will be released on CD next month.


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Bruce Springsteen Adds Legendary 1978 Cleveland Show to Concert Archives via Rolling Stone

 
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