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The E Street Band's Delaware Valley Roll Call

Bob Vetrone Jr.

Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 2:36 AM

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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