And now, a young Springsteen gets giddy on the radio with “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?” (playing Citizen’s Bank Park this weekend)
He’s spent over three decades as massive rock star, so it might be hard to imagine Bruce Springsteen as anything else. But there was once a time when The Boss was just a young dude with a guitar and a dream. We hear that in this recording of his first-ever radio appearance, on WBCN in Boston on January 9, 1973. It might just be my favorite Springsteen rarity – I love how giddy and unsteady he sounds, the breezy saxophone commentary from Clarence Clemons, the way they effortlessly play off one another. Does this outdo the album version on Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.? Perhaps. Check it out below. Bruce Springsteen plays Citizens Bank Park on Sunday September 2 and Monday September 3.