On this day 40 years ago, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played a gig at a coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania called The Main Point. With a capacity of just 300 and an assortment of homemade baked goods, The Main Point was a popular venue amidst Philadelphia’s folk music movement in the 1970s. Everyone from Leonard Cohen to Jackson Browne to Cat Stevens would hit The Main Point’s stage during its heyday, but no concert was more revered than the one Springsteen gave on February 5th, 1975.
Coming six months before the release of Born to Run, the setlist included the live debut of “Thunder Road” (then known as “Wings of Wheels”) as well as spirited, extended versions of “Kitty’s Back”, “New York City Serenade”, “Rosalita”, and “For You”. Rounding out the set were covers of Bob Dylan’s “I Want You”, Chuck Berry’s “Back in the U.S.A.”, and Harold Dorman’s “Mountain of Love”.
The concert was broadcast live on-air by Philadelphia radio station WMMR and since emerged as one of the most popular bootleg recordings. Listen to the full 18-song, 160-minute performance below.
Incident on 57th Street
Mountain of Love (Harold Dorman cover)
Born to Run
The E Street Shuffle / Havin’ a Party
Thunder Road (originally named “Wings for Wheels”)
I Want You (Bob Dylan cover)
Spirit in the Night
She’s the One
It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City
New York City Serenade
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
A Love So Fine (The Chiffons cover)
Back in the U.S.A. (Chuck Berry cover)