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The E Street Band's Delaware Valley Roll Call

A look at the E Street Band's Philly history.

The E Street Band's Delaware Valley Roll Call

Today, we take a temporary reprieve from the world of fun and games and concentrate on the world of Rock 'N' Roll.

Wednesday and Thursday nights, the butt-kicking, history-making, Boop-rocking, legendary E Street Band returns to stage their 115th and 116th shows in the Philadelphia area.

Those appearances cover 19 different venues — indoor, outdoor, stadiums, arenas, clubs, colleges, lounges, etc. — over a 39 1/2-year period.

In fact, the first official gig ever performed by the E Street Band (after the transformation of many names and many members) was at what was then West Chester State College on Oct. 28, 1972.

Along the way there were a bunch of two-show nights at the Main Point, a disappointing Spectrum debut as the opening act to Chicago, last-minute gigs, cancelled appearances, an extremely humid night at Veterans Stadium, a show under a full moon at Lincoln Financial Field and a day-after 50th birthday party show that will almost certainly go down as our best ESB show ever.

Below is a roll call of the band’s Delaware Valley appearances, in chronological order of the venue’s first show:

 Location   Shows   First Show(s)  Most Recent Show(s)
 West Chester     2  Oct. 28, 1972  Nov. 22, 1974
 Main Point (Bryn Mawr)   44  Jan. 3-6, 1973 (2)  Feb. 5, 1975
 Villanova     2  Jan. 16, 1973  Oct. 6, 1973
 Spectrum   30  June 6, 1973  Oct. 20, 2009
 Erlton Lounge (Cherry Hill)        2  Aug. 14, 1973  Dec. 22, 1973
 Roxy (Manayunk)     2  Nov. 17, 1973 (2)  —
 Widener     3  April 5, 1974  Feb. 6-7, 1975
 Burlington County College     1  April 6, 1974  —
 Ursinus     1  April 20, 1974  —
 Swarthmore     1  April 28, 1974  —
 Bucks County College     1  May 6, 1974  —
 Newark (Del.)     1  Aug. 13, 1974  —
 Tower Theatre     7  Sept. 20, 1974  Dec. 31, 1975
 Camden County College     1  Nov. 21, 1974  —
 Veterans Stadium     2  Aug. 14-15, 1985  —
 JFK Stadium     1  Sept. 19, 1988  —
 Wells Fargo Center   11  Sept. 13, 1999  March 28-29, 2012
 Boardwalk Hall     1  March 7, 2003  —
 Lincoln Financial Field     3  Aug. 8-9-11, 2003  —
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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