For the creatives in New York City during the 1960s and 70s, Max’s Kansas City was one of the most popular spots to congregate. The Velvet Underground regularly played there and was David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, and many others performed for the likes of Andy Warhol, Rene Ricard, Allen Ginsberg, and Marisol.
It should be no surprise that another great had one of his earliest gigs at the venue. Bruce Springsteen, the songwriter for many of America’s marginalized blue-collar community, took the stage in 1972. That year was the first for the newly formed E Street Band, which would become Springsteen’s famed backing band, but The Boss took the stage solo on August 10, 1972; a short time before the band was founded in October of that year.
Springsteen was booked by the night’s MC, Sam Hood, and opened for Dave Van Ronk and Doris Abrahams. Only two songs from Springsteen’s solo set were recorded; the opener “Henry Boy” (which you can watch below) and the closing number, “Growing Up,” which isn’t available to watch in the US.