Bo Diddley - MONA

First performance: 3/11/1976


Coverinfo

bBruce played the song 99 times. The song was most frequently used as a built up for She's The One during the 1977 and 1978 tours. 1 time during the river tour and Magic tour and 3 times during the wrecking ball tour. Musically, ‘ she’s the one ‘ has a staccato beat and a rhythm reminiscent of that of "Bo Diddley" songs. As if to emphasize the Diddley-like riff, Springsteen has led into "She's the One" with a Diddley song - either " hey Bo Diddley", "Mona" or “ who do you love ? “ She’s the one is definitely a hidden tribute song to Bo Diddley.  
 
  
 
 
1976-11-03 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1976-11-04 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1977-02-07 - PALACE THEATRE, ALBANY, NY
1977-02-08 - AUDITORIUM THEATRE, ROCHESTER, NY
1977-02-09 - KLEINHANS MUSIC HALL, BUFFALO, NY
1977-02-13 - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, TORONTO, ON
1977-02-15 - MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE, DETROIT, MI
1977-02-17 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1977-02-19 - ST PAUL CIVIC CENTER THEATRE, ST PAUL, MN
1977-02-22 - MILWAUKEE AUDITORIUM, MILWAUKEE, WI
1977-02-23 - AUDITORIUM THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL
1977-02-26 - INDIANA CONVENTION CENTER, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
1977-02-27 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH
1977-02-28 - FOX THEATRE, ST LOUIS, MO
1977-03-04 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM, JACKSONVILLE, FL
1977-03-05 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, ORLANDO, FL
1977-03-06 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, MIAMI, FL
1977-03-10 - SPORTS ARENA, TOLEDO, OH
1977-03-11 - GYMNASIUM, SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE, LATROBE, PA
1977-03-13 - TOWSON CENTER, TOWSON STATE UNIVERSITY, TOWSON, MD
1977-03-14 - MID-HUDSON CIVIC CENTER, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
1977-03-15 - BROOME COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA, BINGHAMTON, NY
1977-03-18 - NEW HAVEN VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, NEW HAVEN, CT
1977-03-19 - CENTRAL MAINE YOUTH CENTER, LEWISTON, ME
1977-03-20 - ALUMNI HALL, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE, PROVIDENCE, RI
1977-03-22 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1977-03-23 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1977-03-24 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1977-03-25 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1978-05-23 - SHEA'S BUFFALO THEATRE, BUFFALO, NY
1978-05-24 - PALACE THEATRE, ALBANY, NY
1978-05-26 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1978-05-27 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1978-05-29 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1978-05-30 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1978-05-31 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1978-06-02 - HALSEY FIELD HOUSE, U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY, ANNAPOLIS, MD
1978-06-03 - NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NY
1978-06-08 - DANE COUNTY MEMORIAL COLISEUM, MADISON, WI
1978-06-09 - MECCA ARENA, MILWAUKEE, WI
1978-06-10 - METROPOLITAN SPORTS CENTER, BLOOMINGTON, MN
1978-06-13 - HANCHER AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, IOWA CITY, IA
1978-06-14 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM MUSIC HALL, OMAHA, NE
1978-06-16 - MEMORIAL HALL, KANSAS CITY, KS
1978-06-20 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE, MORRISON, CO
1978-06-24 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, PORTLAND, OR
1978-06-25 - PARAMOUNT NORTHWEST THEATRE, SEATTLE, WA
1978-06-26 - QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE, VANCOUVER, BC
1978-06-30 - BERKELEY COMMUNITY THEATRE, BERKELEY, CA
1978-07-05 - THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, CA
1978-07-07 - THE ROXY THEATRE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
1978-07-08 - ARIZONA VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, PHOENIX, AZ
1978-07-14 - SAN ANTONIO MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, SAN ANTONIO, TX
1978-07-16 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, NEW ORLEANS, LA
1978-07-18 - JACKSON MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, JACKSON, MS
1978-07-21 - NASHVILLE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, NASHVILLE, TN
1978-08-05 - LOUISVILLE GARDENS, LOUISVILLE, KY
1978-08-10 - ROCHESTER COMMUNITY WAR MEMORIAL, ROCHESTER, NY
1978-08-19 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1978-08-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1978-08-26 - PROVIDENCE CIVIC CENTER, PROVIDENCE, RI
1978-09-01 - MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE, DETROIT, MI
1978-09-03 - SAGINAW CIVIC CENTER, SAGINAW, MI
1978-09-16 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1978-10-17 - THE TROUBADOUR, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (The Knack)
1978-11-02 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1978-11-07 - BARTON HALL, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHACA, NY
1978-11-08 - MONTREAL FORUM, MONTREAL, QC
1978-11-10 - REILLY CENTER, ST BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY, ST BONAVENTURE, NY
1978-11-12 - RPI FIELD HOUSE, RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, TROY, NY
1978-11-14 - UTICA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, UTICA, NY
1978-11-16 - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, TORONTO, ON
1978-11-17 - MUNN ICE ARENA, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST LANSING, MI
1978-11-18 - MILLETT HALL, MIAMI UNIVERSITY, OXFORD, OH
1978-11-20 - ASSEMBLY HALL, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN, IL
1978-11-21 - McGAW HALL, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, EVANSTON, IL
1978-11-25 - KIEL OPERA HOUSE, ST LOUIS, MO
1978-11-27 - MECCA ARENA, MILWAUKEE, WI
1978-11-28 - DANE COUNTY MEMORIAL COLISEUM, MADISON, WI
1978-12-01 - LLOYD NOBLE CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA, NORMAN, OK
1978-12-03 - SIU ARENA, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, CARBONDALE, IL
1978-12-05 - LSU ASSEMBLY CENTER, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, BATON ROUGE, LA
1978-12-07 - SPECIAL EVENTS CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX
1978-12-08 - THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX
1978-12-09 - DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER ARENA, DALLAS, TX
1978-12-13 - TUCSON COMMUNITY CENTER ARENA, TUCSON, AZ
1978-12-15 - WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1978-12-16 - WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1978-12-19 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, PORTLAND, OR
1978-12-20 - SEATTLE CENTER ARENA, SEATTLE, WA
1978-12-27 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA
1978-12-30 - COBO ARENA, DETROIT, MI
1978-12-31 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1979-01-01 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1981-09-10 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL
2008-08-21 - SOMMET CENTER, NASHVILLE, TN
2012-08-24 - ROGERS CENTRE, TORONTO, ON
2012-09-02 - CITIZENS BANK PARK, PHILADELPHIA, PA
 

Songinfo

"Mona (I Need You Baby)" is a song written by Bo Diddley and was the B-side to his 1957 single "Hey! Bo Diddley". According to Diddley's obituary in The New York Times, "Mona" was a song of praise he wrote for a 45-year-old exotic dancer who worked at the Flame Show Bar in Detroit. The song also became the template for Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away". 
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Hey, Mona, hey hey hey hey, Mona,
I'm gonna tell you what I'm gonna do,
I'm gonna build my house next door to you,
Can I make love to you once in a while?
Maybe we could do a little kissing and tellin' lies.
When I come out on the front, girl,
You'll listen to my heart goin' bumpity bump.
I need you baby and it ain't no lie,
When I'm through lovin' I'll surely die.