1975-10-23 Gerde's Folk City, New York City, NY

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With a five-day break in the West Coast leg of the tour, Bruce flies to New York to attend a surprise, 61st birthday party for Gerde's Folk City owner Mike Porco (who hired Bob Dylan for his first New York club gigs in 1961). Dylan turned up with a film crew as well as Joan Baez and other members of his soon-to-tour Rolling Thunder Revue. This was the first time Springsteen and Dylan had met and both formed part of a communal group that performed a filmed rendition of "Happy Birthday" to Porco. Brief audio-video excerpts of this event are seen in Dylan's 1978 movie Renaldo & Clara, though no footage of Springsteen is seen - the "Happy Birthday" segment remains in the vaults. Allegedly it was at this party the Dylan invited Springsteen to join the Rolling Thunder Revue, with Bruce allegedly turning the offer down due to his own tour commitments coupled with the fact that he wouldn't be able to use the E Street Band for his guest spots in Dylan's show.

Mike Porco Birthday Party

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