Bruce performed the song 2 times in full and 1 time as a snippet:
1989-09-23 McLoone's Rum Runner, Sea Bright, NJ
Springsteen’s fortieth birthday and a quite significant bash in historic terms. Present and backing Bruce at the party was the entire E Street Band and Steven Van Zandt. On this night The E Street Band members were completely unaware that in less than four weeks (October 18, 1989) Bruce would phone them individually to inform them he was putting the E Street Band into semi-retiremen
t, effective immediately. This would turn out to be the last Springsteen and the E Street Band performance together for over five years (until February 1995).
1965-10-00 Reception Hall, Monmouth County, NJ
One show, with The Castiles the sole act on the bill. The 27 song titles of this show plus two titles that are illegible have been culled from a surviving inventory/setlist document that was originally in the possession of a member of The Castiles. This list is believed to have emanated from a wedding reception the band performed in the autumn of 1965. With the exception of "Sidewalk" (co-written by Bruce) all of the songs are covers of other artist’s material, with the most recently released song at the time being Sonny & Cher’s "I Got You Babe" (July 1965). The setlist includes numerous 1964-1965 'British Invasion" hits by the Stones, Yardbirds, Kinks, Zombies and Beatles - a clear indication of the kind of music the band was playing at teen gigs. The high proportion of 1950s ballad material in this particular show (sung by George Theiss, not Bruce) is likely the result of it being a wedding, with manager Tex Vinyard making sure his boys also catered to the older relatives in attendance. These include the G-Clefs’ "I Understand", Acker Bilk’s "Stranger On The Shore", Don & Juan’s "What’s Your Name" and Anton Karas’ "The Third Man Theme". There is no circulating audio of any of this performance . Frank Marziotti has recalled the bride's choice of song was the jazz standard "Moonglow".
during SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
Bruce plays a few bars of Ray Charles's "What'd I Say" before beginning "Spirit In The Night".
Intro to "Spirit in the Night":
" Alright….hold on, boys! ….alright ... they´re trying to take it away already, I´m not done with it yet, hold on .... alright, this was a request, I haven´t played this on the tour, I´m not, I´m not gonna play it again either, just gonna play it right now, this was, uh, somebody wanted it out back and we need to loosen the whole thing up a little bit so I´m gonna try it .... I´m gonna do this for you, alright….this is the same piano that Ray Charles wrote ´What´d I Say´ on, uh…..but it´s not the same one, I mean it´s like the one (plays a short snippet of ´What´d I Say´)....that´s the sound .... I told you…. now, if only these fingers would behave like Ray´s ….(starts playing a jazzy intro) come on, Ray .....no, no, I´m cheating, I, I can´t accept any applause for that …."