For the people who attended this Bruce Springsteen concert in Pasaic, NJ way back in September of 1978, I imagine the experience was akin to having lightning strike the ground three feet in front of you; the kind of experience that leaves you awe-struck and singed from the raw electricity in the air.
Not only is this one of the best Darkness on the Edge of Town performances I have ever seen, it’s one of the best performances I’ve ever seen captured. This video hammers home everything that is great about Rock & Roll, and it does so in black & white, with no flashy lights, gimmicks or camera angles. The depth of this performance isn’t manufactured in a studio by a camera man or a post-production team, it’s manufactured in the soul of a young man from Freehold, NJ who lives and breathes rock and roll because that’s all he knows how to do.
With a now legendary ability for eloquently expressing the struggles of day to day life, a staggering number of awards-20 Grammy’s, 2 Golden Globes, an Emmy, and an Academy Award, to name a few—and inductions into the Rock & Roll, Songwriting, and New Jersey Hall of Fame, you’d think that Bruce might decide to kick back and take it easy. You’d be wrong. The Boss is still out touring; rocking arenas of die-hard fans all across the globe one three hour set at a time, because as this video shows, for some people playing music isn’t what you do, it’s who you are.