LISTEN: Bruce Springsteen performs live in NYC in 1973

music news 04/02/2019

Exactly 46 years ago this week, Bruce Springsteen performed at New York City's famous Max's Kansas City, and it's unlikely the 23-year-old knew at that point just how huge he would become. 

Performing just a few weeks after the release of his debut album 'Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.', which eventually was certified double Platinum, the gig was recorded as part of the first installment of the 'King Biscuit Flower Hour' synicated radio show - it aired on the 18th Feb, 1973. 

The performance featured Springsteen and the E Street Band's original lineup: Springsteen (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Clarence Clemons (saxophone, vocals), Danny Federici (organ, piano, accordion, keyboards, vocals), David Sancious (organ, piano, clavinet), Garry Tallent (bass, vocals, tuba, horn, background vocals) and Vini Lopez (drums, vocals).

Springsteen was booked for six nights at Max's Kansas City, opening for comedian and singer-songwriter Biff Rose. 

Listen to the recording above, take from the first of those six nights, when he played two shows. He performed tracks from his first two albums (his second record, The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle was released just seven months later) and even a few tracks that never appeared on any Springsteen LP.