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  —

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