Bruce Springsteen has released his December 8th, 1978 concert from The Summit in Houston, Texas with all proceeds going to go to MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund. An announcement was posted on the official BruceSpringsteen.net, which read in part, “Bruce Springsteen is releasing an entire 1978 show with the E Street Band in Houston, Texas. The release will benefit the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund, which will aid those affected by the recent devastation in Texas as well as in Florida. The Houston show originally appeared as part of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town box set. It captures the final leg of the Darkness tour, including the extended intro version of ‘Prove It All Night,’ the rarely performed ‘Streets Of Fire,’ and Darkness outtakes ‘Fire’ and ‘Because The Night.’ It also features prototypes of The River’s ‘Independence Day,’ ‘Point Blank,’ ‘The Ties That Bind,’ along with ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.'”
Nugs.net CEO Brad Serling added: “Fans had been asking for a stand-alone audio release of Houston ’78 since the Darkness box set came out several years ago. Its release-ready availability gave us the opportunity to move quickly to support people in Texas and Florida.” For ordering info, log on to: live.brucespringsteen.net.
The biggest surprise of Springsteen’s box set The Promise: The ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ Story, was the full in-concert video from the Houston concert. Amazingly, the show remained one of the few videos of the ’78 tour to never make the collector’s rounds over the years.
Springsteen’s manager/producer Jon Landau told us that after the music portions of The Promise started to take shape, he and Springsteen turned their attentions to the visual aspect of the box set: “As time developed, then we started having ideas, y’know? And so the next idea was, ‘let’s get a concert that really shows how we approached the music live at that time’ — and that’s the bootleg from Houston. And to do that, we sort of went through all the existing bootlegs. We never filmed a show from beginning to end ourselves, for whatever reason. And so all that exists are the (venue’s) house camera work, and y’know it was generally in those venues that would have some really crude jumbo-tron system and it would have a house director and a couple of cameras, y’know?”