If there’s one thing Americans can agree on, it’s that Bruce Springsteen is one of our most treasured musicians and beloved cultural icons. Known for albums like 1975’s Born to Run, 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1984’s Born in the U.S.A. and more, Springsteen turns 70 years old today (Sept. 23).
He is far more than a musician. Springsteen represented the rugged American working class and was viewed as a fighter for all things noble and universal. People projected their hopes, dreams and fears into the New Jersey musician, and he became a larger than life figure. Luckily, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center honoree is still doing what he loves. Springsteen continues to release music, perform live with the E Street Band and he even recently landed a show on Broadway with an accompanying Netflix special.
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One of his most famous performances took place on Sept. 19, 1978 in his home state at the Capitol Theatre. The 3,200 fans in attendance witnessed what many consider to be the best performance of his career. It was captured on a WNEW-FM simulcast broadcast throughout the East Coast and filmed with then state-of-the-art video technology. Springsteen performed songs like “Born To Run,” “Detroit Medley” and “Raise Your Hand,” and he was as passionate and uplifting as he’s ever sounded.
Watch Bruce Springsteen perform “Born To Run,” “Raise Your Hand” and “Detroit Medley” live in 1978 via the Paste vault below.