Bruce Springsteen finally releases audio from his most bootlegged live show

Bruce Springsteen has finally released an official audio of what is perhaps his most-beloved performance, affectionately known by fans as the “Piece De Resistance”.

The concert took place at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on September 19th, 1978, and his performance has been remembered for its unrivalled power.

Bruce Springsteen, Darkness At The Edge Of Town, Meeting Across The River
Photo: Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Bruce Springsteen finally releases audio from his legendary 1978 “Piece De Resistance” show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.

The show was the first of a three-night run at the Capitol Theatre, and Bruce and the E Street Band played for three hours. The concert contains arguably his greatest-ever performances of Racing in the Streets, Because the Night, Fire, and Thunder Road – as well as what is perhaps the climax of the entire night, a passionate ten-minute rendition of Prove It All Night. 

The concert has consistently been one of Springsteen’s most illegally distributed shows. At the time, the performance was broadcast on WNEW-FM New York and nine other Northeast stations and within weeks was unofficially pressed onto vinyl and sold at record stores nationwide.

Of course, this official release now renders all these previous bootlegs redundant. But at least you can now listen, rest assured, you’re doing so in compliance with the Boss. Oh, and in good quality – the audio is newly restored, mixed, and mastered.

Springsteen’s latest solo album Western Stars was released in June and an accompanying concert film is coming to theatres this October.

You can purchase the Capitol Theatre live album here and listen to the recording of Meeting Across The River from the night below:

And just for good measure, check out this bootleg video of his electric rendition of Prove It All Night: