Bruce played the song 6 times in full and 9 times as a snippet:
As Regular opening song for Steel Mill.
1971-01-22 Upstage (The), Asbury Park, NJ
One show, double bill, with Steel Mill headlining and National Debt opening. The song is played in a medley Dancing in the street - Honky Tonk woman
- Proud Mary
1970-11-27 Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ (Early)
Two shows, triple bill, with the bottom-billed Steel Mill opening for the second-billed Cactus and headliner Black Sabbath (fronted by a spooked Ozzy Osbourne, who received death threats before the show). About eight minutes into "Dancing In The Street" the generator power fails for 12 seconds, much to the frustration of Bruce who comments "we must be the guinea pigs here tonight.
1970-10-17 MC Gym, West Long Branch, NJ
One show, double bill, with Steel Mill headlining and Sunny Jim opening. On the soundboard tape, drummer and background vocalist Vini Lopez's voice microphone is abnormally dominant in the mix, sounding like he was a co-lead singer.
1970-08-14 7th And Marshall Street Parking Deck, Richmond, VA
one show, triple bill, with blues band Marlo Mays & The Stingers opening, Mercy Flight performing second and Steel Mill headlining and closing. This is one the most famous of all Steel Mill’s gigs
1970-07-17 Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ
One show, double bill, with Steel Mill headlining and Lotus opening. Following a nice show-opening "Dancing In The Street" Springsteen jokingly comments "It's all happening out there in the street, so what are we doing in here?"
1969-12-31 Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
One show, held outdoors at the Esalen Institute, a kind of hippy commune in the mountains of the Pacific coast. Bruce's first ever appearance in California. According to individual comments made by Springsteen, Lopez, and Roslin, this 'concert' was a New Year's Eve party that had been planned before the band arrived at Esalen. Sitting in with the band for their West Coast gigs was Richard Blackwell, a Freehold native that Springsteen had grown up with, and had found by chance staying at the Institute. The band hung around Big Sur for about a week (staying in a log cabin) before heading up to the San Francisco area. Vini recalled the listed songs, during a recent talk with a fan, the other songs where probably a grab bag of the songs the group where playing then but he can remember those two in particular.
during DON'T LOOK BACK
1999-09-15 First Union Center, Philadelphia
1999-09-09 Palace Of Auburn Hills (The), Auburn Hills, MI
during MARY'S PLACE
2003-08-08 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
2003-08-06 PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
2003-08-02 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
2002-08-15 Palace Of Auburn Hills (The), Auburn Hills, MI
during OUT IN THE STREET
2003-08-13 U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL