I think it was the late 70's when Springsteen announced they'd not be performing the Fever in concert anymore. It caused a bit of a kerfuffle in NJ because that song got a lot of airplay on local FM stations.
I'm thinking playing a blues that slowly and investing that much emotion into it 3 or 4 nights a week was taking a toll.
Bruce Springsteen: I don’t know. It was just something that I wrote so long ago. It was just an older song and never a real favorite of mine. I liked it. I always liked it. But just for myself. I liked [Southside] Johnny’s version—I liked what he did with it a lot. But we wanted to have something extra, so we pulled it out.