Springsteen Web Site: '78 Summit Show Best Video Ever

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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, "Fire," live at the Summit 12/8/78

Since one of the extra goodies is a complete video of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's December 1978 concert at the Summit, Rocks Off is sure Houston's Boss fans don't need much more reason to buy the expanded version of Darkness On the Edge of Town (retitled The Promise: The Darkness On the Edge of Town Story) scheduled for release on Tuesday.

But here's one anyway. the Internet's largest Springsteen fan community, backstreets.com, says the footage of that Summit show may be the single best E Street concert video ever. Ever.

See for yourself:

While you may have wished for mythical footage from Madison Square Garden or Winterland, we couldn't ask for a much better concert video from the Darkness tour than Houston, December 8, 1978.

Shows from the aforementioned venues have long captured the imagination of folks pondering what sat in the vaults, but Houston is a show that evidence suggested shouldexist even though no one had ever seen a frame of it until recently. The Summit opened in 1975 and like other venues built in the era, it featured a state-of-the-art, in-house video system and big screens.

These were used during games for the venue's primary tenant, the NBA's Houston Rockets, but also for the many rock and pop concerts held there. Fast-forward 25 years and video recordings of some Summit concerts began to leak out, including shows by the Who, Aerosmith, Queen and Prince.

Given the Who show took place in 1975 and the Prince show in 1981, Springsteen's 1978 appearance seemed a likely candidate to have been recorded, and it turns out it was. How it wound up in the Thrill Hill Vault is another story.

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