Monday, August 18, 2008

Child poster from 1969


The rare poster above for a gig staged in the Fan District in 1969 was silkscreened by then-VCU art student Chuck Wrenn. Eventually, the kid on the poster who was the principle performer in the band -- its name was changed to Steel Mill soon after this poster was made -- went on to become a Rock 'n' Roll hall-of-famer.

On Aug. 14, 1970, Steel Mill, led by Bruce Springsteen, played on top of the parking deck at 7th and Marshall Streets. Flashes of heat lightning provided a spectacular light show.

On Valentine's Day in 1973, Springsteen, opened for Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks at the old VCU gymnasium. The show was free!

Yes, Springsteen has some history in Richmond. Tonight, with his E Street Band backing him up, the Boss will appear live on stage at the Coliseum. Call 780-4970 for ticket information.

Click here for some details about Springsteen's days in Richmond written by Lindsay Barnes for The Hook.

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