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Bruce Springsteen: At the Roxy, Los Angeles

Bud Scoppa, Phonograph Record, November 1975

PEOPLE WHO who were clearly not accustomed to standing in line formed a reluctant column along Sunset Boulevard; hordes of photographers snapped at the famous faces as they chafed in their queue. It wasn't yet eight p.m. Bruce Springsteen was scheduled to play his first Roxy set at nine. He'd be facing a houseful of music-industry and celebrity skeptics who were already ornery at having to wait instead of being waited on. The big question of the day had been: Will it play in L.A.? Now the question seemed more specific: Will this all but surly audience allow it to play?

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