Photographer Chalkie Davies recalls Springsteen’s UK debut 1975
…as he walked towards the Odeon, he looked up and saw the large sign above the entrance, “Finally London is Ready for Bruce Springsteen.” I got one frame of this moment, exactly as he read the sign.
Springsteen’s mood immediately changed, he appeared agitated and upset. I refrained from further intrusion with my camera, but I watched as he went inside and started ripping down a poster from the wall inside the theatre. He had a heated discussion with some Record Company Executives before sitting on the stairs and spent the rest of the evening talking with his fans, he was much more at home with them than the Music Biz people at the party. Later he had his manager tell CBS that they must drop the campaign, and sell records because of the music rather than with hype.