With five shows broadcast on the radio at the time, Bruce Springsteen’s tour in support of 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town brought his reputation as a live performer to a growing audience. One of those dates — the July 7, 1978, concert at the Roxy in West Hollywood, Calif. — has now received its first official release, one day shy of the show’s 40th anniversary.
“It is known simply as Roxy ’78,” reads the blurb on Springsteen’s website, where the entire concert can be purchased for download. “One of Springsteen’s finest shows ever is now available complete and freshly mixed from multi-track master tapes. Playing a special club set broadcast live across L.A., Bruce pulls out all the stops, including the debut performances of ‘Point Blank,’ ‘Independence Day’ (solo piano), [Buddy Holly’s] ‘Rave On’ and [Elvis Presley’s] ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ plus the first tour versions of [Eddie Floyd’s] ‘Raise Your Hand’ and [the Isley Brothers’] ‘Twist and Shout’ to wrap this jaw-dropping stop on the Darkness tour.”