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One of the fathers of rock and roll music, Chuck Berry was a major influence on many musicians, including Bruce Springsteen. In the 1970s, he was on the road for many years, carrying only his Gibson guitar, confident that he could hire a band that already knew his music no matter where he went. Among the many bandleaders performing a backup role with Berry was a young Bruce Springsteen who was just starting his career.
On 28 Apr 1973 at the University Of Maryland Field House in College Park, MD, Springsteen and his band opened for Chuck Berry (and second-billed Jerry Lee Lewis) and then volunteered to back Berry during his set. Springsteen related in the 1987 documentary film Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll that Berry blew in the stage door five minutes before the performance, collected his money, and plugged in. Springsteen asked him what songs they were going to do, and Berry answered, "We're going to do some Chuck Berry songs." He started playing and let the chips fall where they may. At one point, Springsteen recounted, Berry turned to the band and said, "Play for that money boys" ‒ though the group wasn't getting any additional fee for playing with Berry. When berry was finished, he left immediately.
It's not a particularly flattering story, yet Berry transcribed it and used it for the introduction to his autobiography, going so far as to preface Springsteen's remarks with, "Now here is a guy who speaks what God loves, which is the truth." In 1995, Springsteen and the E Street Band backed Berry again when he appeared at the concert for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
An extended edition of Roy Orbison's iconic Black & White Night concert
will be released on 24 Feb 2017
Roy Orbison And Friends: A Black & White Night is a 1988 Cinemax television special from the Cinemax Sessions series. It stars Hall Of Fame singer/songwriter Roy Orbison, backed by a band consisting of some of the most acclaimed performers in rock, including Bruce Springsteen. The taping took place on 30 Sep 1987 at the Ambassador Hotel's Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, CA. The special was originally broadcast on 03 Jan 1988 on Cinemax.
The concert was released as a home video in 1988 and as a live album the following year. It was reissued many times and in different formats between 1997 and 2008. Though the more recent reissues are more complete than the original release, none of them represents the complete concert or the order in which the songs were performed on that 30 Sep 1987 night at the Cocoanut Grove.
On 24 Feb 2017, Legacy will reissue Black & White Night in commemoration the concert's 30th anniversary. The new release, titled "Black & White Night 30", will be available on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray, and will also be airing as a special on PBS. The film has been re-edited to feature different camera angels and previously unreleased performances, including a five-song set performed after the formal concert ended and the audience left the Cocoanut Grove on 30 Sep 1987. The new release will also include a 33-minute documentary featuring never-before-seen interviews with many of the guests, as well as rehearsal footage and a montage of photos and memorabilia from the show.
But most importantly, the new release will restore the order in which the songs were performed during that 30 Sep 1987 concert. Before the new reissue was announced, the correct setlist order was a mystery to fans of Roy Orbison – and fans of Bruce Springsteen, including yours truly. Back in 2015, after countless hours of detective work and examining of footage from different releases of the concert, and with the help of contributor James from England, this website was able to reconstruct correct setlist order. This website also discovered that more songs were performed about an hour after the show had finished. Click on any of the below links for full details.
Track list for Black & White 30 (main show):
Track list for Black & White 30 (post show):
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