For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: In '84, Springsteen Proves It All Night at Reunion
Darkness was where I discovered Springsteen -- drawn to the tousled, bare-bones cover, I borrowed my cousin's copy and wore it through -- but Born in the U.S.A. was where he became inescapable. Rightfully so. Saw him twice on that neverending tour: at Reunion Arena in November '84 (don't recall -- was it the show on the 25th or 26th?), then again at the Cotton Bowl on September 13, 1985, the first of two back-to-backs at Fair Park. I was talking to a Fair Park official about that show just the other night: The Attack of the Crickets. (Said Springsteen, thanks to one fan's transcription of that night, "Is that a Texas grasshopper? Are they, uh, are they homicidal or anything?")
The sound ain't perfect on this recording made in Reunion on November 25, 1984; there's some murk there, some haze. But it all drops away a few notes into "Born in the U.S.A.," the first of 29 songs (!) played that night, one mere marathon amongst the many. One random highlight amongst the many, many: the crowd's contribution to the chorus of "Jungleland." Chills, still.