Bruce Springsteen & the E St Band- Independence Day- Atlanta 9-30-78

Maybe one of the reasons that Bruce Springsteen scored his first #1-seller this week in 1980 for the double album The River is because he had been road-testing some of the material in concert for years, such as this performance of “Independence Day” from Atlanta’s Fox Theater in September 1978. Certainly another factor in The River‘s mass acceptance was also the series of regional broadcasts that same year on rock radio stations, particularly effective in the South which was one of the last to get “the fever”. The late Clarence Clemmons on sax and dearly departed Danny Federici on organ. –Redbeard