KITTY'S BACK

Album version


Catlong sighs holding Kitty's black tooth
She left to marry some top cat, ain't it the cold truth
And there hasn't been a tally since Sally left the alley
Since Kitty left with Big Pretty things have got pretty thin, yeah, yeah
It's tight on this fence since them young dudes are muscling in

Well, Jack Knife cries 'cause baby's in a bundle
She goes running nightly, lightly through the jungle
And them tin cans are exploding out in the ninety-degree heat
Cat somehow lost his baby down on Bleecker Street
It's sad, but it sure is true
Cat shrugs his shoulders, sits back and sighs
Ooh, ooh, what can I do?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, what can I do?
Ooh, ooh, what can I do?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, what can I do?

Catlong lies back bent on a trash can
Flashing lights cut the night, dude in white says he's the man
Well, you better learn to move fast when you're young or you're not long around
Cat somehow lost his Kitty down in the city pound
So get right, get tight, get down
Well, who's that down at the end of the alley?
She's been gone so long
(Here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes)
Yeah, like that, yeah
(Here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes)
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back in town (oh, oh, all right)
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back in town (oh, oh, all right)
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Oh, Kitty's back in town (oh, oh, all right)
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back in town (oh, oh, all right)

Now, Cat knows his Kitty's been untrue
And that she left him for a city dude
But she's so soft, she's so blue
When he looks into her eyes
He just sits back and sighs
Ooh, ooh, ooh, what can I do?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, what can I do?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, what can I do?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, what can I do?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right
Ha ha, da, da, da, da, da (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, ooh, all right) all right
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, ooh, all right)
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, ooh, all right)
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, ooh, all right)
(Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, whoa, all right)
(Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, whoa, all right)
(Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, whoa, all right)
(Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, whoa, all right)
(Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, whoa, all right)
(Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, whoa, all right)
(Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right)


Info

KITTY'S BACK is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1973 album The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle. The above lyrics are for the album version of KITTY'S BACK as released on The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle.

Composition and Recording

Bruce Springsteen wrote KITTY'S BACK in mid-1973. In 1974, he mentioned he got the idea for the title from a neon sign promoting the return of a popular stripper's show to a local club in the Jersey Shore area (see the spoken intro for the live 13 Jul 1974 version). KITTY'S BACK was recorded during the second phase of The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle recording sessions (see below section). It was was one of the final songs completed for the album.

According to Sony's database of Springsteen recording sessions, KITTY'S BACK was cut on 28 Jun 1973, 24 Jul 1973, and 23 Sep 1973 at 914 Sound Studios. It is not clear at which of these three recording sessions the album version of KITTY'S BACK was cut, or if it was cut in another session.

The band line-up on this track is Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Garry Tallent, Vini Lopez, and David Sancious. Danni Federici is the one who plays organ on the track, but the organ solo is courtesy of David Sancious. The track, as well as the whole album, was recorded at Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY and produced by Mike Appel and Jimmy Cretecos.

The song was written as a jazz tune, perhaps the closest Springsteen gets to the genre. It contains an open-ended middle where the E Street Band is allowed to improvise. On the album, keyboardist David Sancious performs an organ solo, while in concert each musician is allowed several minutes of jamming time.

Circulating Studio Versions

An alternative studio version of KITTY'S BACK is in circulation on bootlegs. See the outtake version for more details. A slightly different mix of the album version (but same recording) was released on the briefly-legal album The Early Years (Early Records). See PRODIGAL SON for more details.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Early Years (Early Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Early Years (Early Records)

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle is Bruce Springsteen's second studio album. It was recorded between mid-May 1973 and mid-September 1973 at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY. Studio time was slotted in during various itinerary breaks in the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour, but recording sessions dragged on much longer than originally anticipated and this eventually caused some gig rescheduling and cancellations during the period from July to September 1973.

The album's recording sessions can be split into distinct phases:

  • The first phase of sessions took place on 15-22 May and 17-20 June, and featured the then-touring line-up of Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Garry Tallent, and Vini Lopez. Neither David Sancious nor any other musicians were involved in these initial sessions.
  • The second phase of sessions took place on 26 June-02 July, 11-16 July, 04-12 August, and 10-25 September, and included all of the above-mentioned musicians, plus new E Street Band member David Sancious (who joined in on 22 June), as well as niche session contributions by Suki Lahav on vocals, Richard Blackwell on congas and percussion, and Albee Tellone on baritone sax.

Most of the basic ensemble recording of The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle emanates from the first phase of sessions, prior to the arrival of David Sancious to the sessions on 22 Jun 1973. Sancious verified in a late seventies interview with Thunder Road magazine that most of the session songs had already been recorded (as basic tracks) by the time he joined. He then overdubbed his parts onto these recordings. THE E STREET SHUFFLE is an exception, which was written after Sancious became a member of the band. The latter phase of the sessions involved embellishing additional "frills" instrumentation, vocals, and experimenting with different mixes. No audio evidence has yet emerged that any of the basic recordings of were re-recorded from scratch with Sancious. Indeed, one of the most noteworthy aspects to the audio evidence that has emerged from the The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle recording sessions is that there is not one genuine alternate take to be found – all song recording variations are merely alternate mixes of the same basic recording.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle
Bruce Springsteen -- The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle was produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos and engineered by Louis Lahav. It features 7 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 46:47. It was commercially released on 05 Nov 1973.

Other Official Releases

KITTY'S BACK can also be found on one Bruce Springsteen promo-only sampler.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Future Of Rock'n'Roll / 70's To 80's
Bruce Springsteen -- The Future Of Rock'n'Roll / 70's To 80's

2-CD – CBS/Sony (XADP 90009~10) – Japan, 1988

Japan-only promotional 2-CD set sampler compiling 28 tracks from Springsteen's first nine albums plus two 1988 live B-sides.

Other versions of KITTY'S BACK were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Hammersmith Odeon, London '75
The live 18 Nov 1975 version of KITTY'S BACK was released on the Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 album and home video in 2005.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome 2013
The live 11 Jul 2013 version of KITTY'S BACK was released on the Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome 2013 official live download in 2015.

Live History: on-tour

KITTY'S BACK is known to have been performed at least 53 times during The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle Tour. Some of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates. The first two known performances, from Fall 1973, were in an album-style full-band arrangement featuring Vini Lopez on drums and David Sancious on piano (see the live 06 Dec 1973 version). The next 25 known performances, from Winter, Spring, and Summer of 1974, were in an extended full-band arrangement, featuring Ernest "Boom" Carter on drums and David Sancious on piano (see the live 13 Jul 1974 version). The next known performance, from 20 Sep 1974 in Upper Darby, PA, is an extended full-band arrangement featuring Max Weinberg on drums and Roy Bittan on piano (no audio of this version is in circulation). The last 25 known performances, from Fall 1974 and Winter 1975, are in an extended full-band arrangement featuring Max Weinberg on drums, Roy Bittan on piano, and possibly Suki Lahav on backup vocals (see the live 05 Feb 1975 version).

  1. 25 Nov 1973 at University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  2. 06 Dec 1973 at Childe Harold, Washington, DC
  3. 06 Jan 1974 at Joe's Place, Cambridge, MA
  4. 12 Jan 1974 at The Joint In The Woods, Parsippany, NJ
  5. 25 Jan 1974 at The Mosque, Richmond, VA
  6. 29 Jan 1974 at Muther's Music Emporium, Nashville, TN
  7. 01 Feb 1974 at Allen Theatre, Cleveland, OH
  8. 12 Feb 1974 at University Of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  9. 03 Mar 1974 (early show) at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  10. 03 Mar 1974 (late show) at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  11. 10 Mar 1974 (late show) at Liberty Hall, Houston, TX
  12. 24 Mar 1974 at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
  13. 05 Apr 1974 at Widener College, Chester, PA
  14. 06 Apr 1974 at Burlington County College, Pemberton, NJ
  15. 09 Apr 1974 (early show) at Charlie's Place, Cambridge, MA
  16. 26 Apr 1974 at Brown University, Providence, RI
  17. 28 Apr 1974 at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  18. 04 May 1974 at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
  19. 09 May 1974 (early show) at Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA
  20. 09 May 1974 (late show) at Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA
  21. 01 Jun 1974 at Kent State University, Kent, OH
  22. 13 Jul 1974 at The Bottom Line, New York City, NY
  23. 14 Jul 1974 at The Bottom Line, New York City, NY
  24. 25 Jul 1974 at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA
  25. 30 Jul 1974 at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
  26. 03 Aug 1974 at Central Park, New York City, NY
  27. 14 Aug 1974 (late show) at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
  28. 20 Sep 1974 at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
  29. 22 Sep 1974 at Kean College, Union, NJ
  30. 04 Oct 1974 at Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, NY
  31. 05 Oct 1974 at Albright College, Reading, PA
  32. 06 Oct 1974 at Clark University, Worcester, MA
  33. 11 Oct 1974 at Shady Grove Music Fair, Gaithersburg, MD
  34. 12 Oct 1974 at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  35. 18 Oct 1974 at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
  36. 19 Oct 1974 at Union College, Schenectady, NY
  37. 20 Oct 1974 at Dickinson College , Carlisle, PA
  38. 26 Oct 1974 at Julia Sanderson Theater, Springfield, MA
  39. 29 Oct 1974 at Music Hall, Boston, MA
  40. 01 Nov 1974 at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
  41. 08 Nov 1974 at Ritz Music Hall, Corpus Christi, TX
  42. 16 Nov 1974 at American University, Washington, DC
  43. 17 Nov 1974 at University Of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  44. 23 Nov 1974 at Salem State College, Salem, MA
  45. 29 Nov 1974 at War Memorial Theatre, Trenton, NJ
  46. 06 Dec 1974 at State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ
  47. 07 Dec 1974 at Geneva Theatre, Geneva, NY
  48. 08 Dec 1974 at Burlington Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT
  49. 05 Feb 1975 at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA
  50. 06 Feb 1975 at Widener College, Chester, PA
  51. 19 Feb 1975 at Penn State University, University Park, PA
  52. 23 Feb 1975 at Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY
  53. 08 Mar 1975 at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC

KITTY'S BACK is known to have been performed at least 65 times during the Born To Run Tour: 64 times during the 1st leg (73 know dates / 81 known shows, between July and December 1975) and one time during the 2nd leg (35 know dates, between March and May 1976). The 1976 portion of the tour would soon be nicknamed the "Chicken Scratch Tour" by the road crew because of the high proportion of secondary market, southern state locations. Some of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates during the Born To Run Tour; it may have been a stable number between the beginning of the tour's first leg and the 23 Nov 1974 show in Amsterdam, Holland. The basic arrangement of KITTY'S BACK for the Born To Run Tour was an extended, full-band version featuring an instrumental snippet of Van Morrison's MOONDANCE in the midsection, with a number of variations throughout the tour, including long spoken intros and interludes and snippets of other songs being played. See the individual versions below for more details. The live 18 Nov 1975 version of KITTY'S BACK was released on the Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 album and home video in 2005.

  1. 20 Jul 1975 at Palace Concert Theatre, Providence, RI
  2. 22 Jul 1975 at Geneva Theatre, Geneva, NY
  3. 23 Jul 1975 at Music Inn, Lenox, MA
  4. 25 Jul 1975 at Kutztown State College, Kutztown, PA
  5. 26 Jul 1975 at Kutztown State College, Kutztown, PA
  6. 28 Jul 1975 at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Washington, DC
  7. 30 Jul 1975 at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Washington, DC
  8. 01 Aug 1975 at Mosque Theatre, Richmond, VA
  9. 02 Aug 1975 at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, VA
  10. 08 Aug 1975 at Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, OH
  11. 10 Aug 1975 at Allen Theatre, Cleveland, OH
  12. 13 Aug 1975 (late show) at Bottom Line, New York City, NY
  13. 14 Aug 1975 (early show) at Bottom Line, New York City, NY
  14. 15 Aug 1975 (early show) at Bottom Line, New York City, NY
  15. 15 Aug 1975 (late show) at Bottom Line, New York City, NY
  16. 16 Aug 1975 (early show) at Bottom Line, New York City, NY
  17. 17 Aug 1975 (early show) at Bottom Line, New York City, NY
  18. 17 Aug 1975 (late show) at Bottom Line, New York City, NY
  19. 23 Aug 1975 at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA
  20. 06 Sep 1975 at Theatre Of The Performing Arts, New Orleans, LA
  21. 12 Sep 1975 at Municipal Auditorium, Austin, TX
  22. 13 Sep 1975 at Music Hall, Houston, TX
  23. 14 Sep 1975 at Music Hall, Houston, TX
  24. 16 Sep 1975 at Dallas Convention Center Theater, Dallas, TX
  25. 20 Sep 1975 at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
  26. 21 Sep 1975 at Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
  27. 23 Sep 1975 at University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  28. 25 Sep 1975 at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
  29. 26 Sep 1975 at University Of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  30. 27 Sep 1975 at Ambassador Theatre, St. Louis, MO
  31. 28 Sep 1975 at Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS
  32. 30 Sep 1975 at Civic Auditorium Music Hall, Omaha, NE
  33. 02 Oct 1975 at Uptown Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
  34. 04 Oct 1975 at Michigan Palace, Detroit, MI
  35. 11 Oct 1975 (early show) at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
  36. 11 Oct 1975 (late show) at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
  37. 16 Oct 1975 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  38. 17 Oct 1975 (early show) at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  39. 17 Oct 1975 (late show) at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  40. 18 Oct 1975 (early show) at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  41. 18 Oct 1975 (late show) at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  42. 19 Oct 1975 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  43. 26 Oct 1975 at Paramount Northwest Theatre, Seattle, WA
  44. 31 Oct 1975 at Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA
  45. 01 Nov 1975 at University Of California, Santa Barbara, CA
  46. 06 Nov 1975 at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  47. 10 Nov 1975 at Jai Alai Fronton, Tampa, FL
  48. 11 Nov 1975 at Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL
  49. 18 Nov 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
  50. 21 Nov 1975 at Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
  51. 23 Nov 1975 at RAI Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  52. 02 Dec 1975 at Music Hall, Boston, MA
  53. 03 Dec 1975 at Music Hall, Boston, MA
  54. 05 Dec 1975 at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  55. 06 Dec 1975 at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  56. 07 Dec 1975 at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  57. 10 Dec 1975 at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  58. 11 Dec 1975 at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  59. 12 Dec 1975 at C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY
  60. 16 Dec 1975 at State University Of New York, Oswego, NY
  61. 17 Dec 1975 at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
  62. 20 Dec 1975 at National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada
  63. 21 Dec 1975 at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
  64. 27 Dec 1975 at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
  65. 26 Apr 1976 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN

KITTY'S BACK is known to have been performed at least 7 times during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour (111 dates, May 1978 to January 1979), all in September and early October, including the 3-night stand at Palladium in New York City, NY, and the 3-night stand at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ. A few setlists from that period are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. On this tour, the song was played in a straight-away full-band version that would more-or-less become the "traditional" arrangement.

  1. 15 Sep 1978 at Palladium, New York City, NY
  2. 16 Sep 1978 at Palladium, New York City, NY
  3. 17 Sep 1978 at Palladium, New York City, NY
  4. 19 Sep 1978 at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
  5. 20 Sep 1978 at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
  6. 21 Sep 1978 at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
  7. 01 Oct 1978 at Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

KITTY'S BACK was performed 8 times during The Rising Tour (120 dates, August 2002 to October 2003). The song was played in a full-band arrangement.

  1. 06 Oct 2002 at First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA
  2. 31 May 2003 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 08 Jun 2003 at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy
  4. 27 Jul 2003 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  5. 31 Aug 2003 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  6. 25 Sep 2003 at Invesco Field At Mile High, Denver, CO
  7. 27 Sep 2003 at Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
  8. 01 Oct 2003 at Shea Stadium, New York City, NY

KITTY'S BACK was sound-checked prior to the 20 Oct 2005 show in Worcester, MA, (as far as it's known) but it was not performed on any of the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour's regular shows.

KITTY'S BACK was performed 16 times during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008). The song was played in a full-band arrangement. Of these, the first five performances from 2007 featured Danny Federici on organ, in addition to the 20 Mar 2008 performance in Indianapolis, IN, where he showed up unannounced and guested on a number of songs (see the live 20 Mar 2008 version). The remaining performances featured Charles Giordano on organ (see the live 15 Aug 2008 version).

  1. 30 Oct 2007 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Aarena, Los Angeles, CA (with Danny Federici on organ)
  2. 04 Nov 2007 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH (with Danny Federici on organ)
  3. 11 Nov 2007 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC (with Danny Federici on organ)
  4. 14 Nov 2007 at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA (with Danny Federici on organ)
  5. 19 Nov 2007 at Td Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA (with Danny Federici on organ)
  6. 26 Nov 2007 at Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain (with Charles Giordano on organ)
  7. 08 Dec 2007 at Forum Kobenhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark (with Charles Giordano on organ)
  8. 13 Dec 2007 at Kölnarena, Cologne, Germany (with Charles Giordano on organ)
  9. 15 Dec 2007 at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland (with Charles Giordano on organ)
  10. 28 Feb 2008 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (with Charles Giordano on organ)
  11. 03 Mar 2008 at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Canada (with Charles Giordano on organ)
  12. 20 Mar 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN (with Danny Federici on organ)
  13. 22 Mar 2008 at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH (with Charles Giordano on organ)
  14. 27 Apr 2008 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Charlotte, NC (with Charles Giordano on organ)
  15. 02 May 2008 at BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, FL (with Charles Giordano on organ)
  16. 15 Aug 2008 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL (with Charles Giordano on organ)

KITTY'S BACK was performed 9 times during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009). The song was played in a full-band arrangement. The first two performances featured Jay Weinberg on drums (see the live 29 Apr 2009 version). The second two performances featured Max Weinberg on drums (see the live 23 May 2009 version). The last five performances featured Max Weinberg on drums and Curt Ramm on trumpet (see the live 03 Oct 2009 version); the penultimate version, from 07 Nov 2009 in New York City, also featured a full horn section (see the live 07 Nov 2009 version).

  1. 29 Apr 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  2. 14 May 2009 at Times Union Center, Albany, NY (with Jay Weinberg on drums)
  3. 18 May 2009 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC (with Max Weinberg on drums)
  4. 23 May 2009 at Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ (with Max Weinberg on drums)
  5. 03 Oct 2009 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (with Max Weinberg on drums and Curt Ramm on trumpet)
  6. 09 Oct 2009 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (with Max Weinberg on drums and Curt Ramm on trumpet)
  7. 20 Oct 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (with Max Weinberg on drums and Curt Ramm on trumpet)
  8. 07 Nov 2009 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (with Max Weinberg on drums and horns secion led by Curt Ramm, complete The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle album performed)
  9. 15 Nov 2009 at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI (with Max Weinberg on drums and Curt Ramm on trumpet)

KITTY'S BACK was performed 5 times during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013). The song was played in a full-band arrangement. The live 11 Jul 2013 version of KITTY'S BACK was released on the Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome 2013 official live download in 2015.

  1. 29 Mar 2012 at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  2. 06 Apr 2012 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  3. 25 Oct 2012 at XL Center, Hartford, CT
  4. 30 Nov 2012 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  5. 11 Jul 2013 at Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome, Italy

Live History: off-tour

KITTY'S BACK was performed off-tour on 11 Dec 2002 at Rockefeller Center in New York City, NY, during a TV appearance on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. The song was played with the E Street Band and with some help from the Max Weinberg 7. See the live 11 Dec 2002 version for more details.

KITTY'S BACK was performed off-tour on 29 Apr 2003 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during "The Hope Concert" benefit. The song was played in a full-band version, with Bruce Springsteen backed by the Max Weinberg 7, plus Bobby Bandiera on guitar. See the live 29 Apr 2003 version for more details. The song was also practiced the previous day at Count Basie Theatre during the concert's rehearsals.

KITTY'S BACK was performed off-tour on 07 May 2008 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during a benefit show for the historic theatre. The song was played in a full-band arrangement featuring a horns section. See the live 07 May 2008 version for more details.

KITTY'S BACK was performed during both 2000 Asbury Park holiday shows, all five 2003 Asbury Park holiday shows, and two of the three 2003 Asbury Park holiday shows. These concerts were billed as "Bruce Springsteen with The Max Weinberg 7 and Friends", with The Max Weinberg 7 serving as the house band, and Springsteen bringing guests on and off the stage throughout the shows. On these shows the song was played in a full-band arrangement with Springsteen backed by The Max Weinberg 7. In 2000, the song also featured Clarence Clemons on saxophone, Danny Federici on organ, Garry Tallent on bass, and the Redheaded Women (Patti Scialfa, Soozie Tyrell, and Lisa Lowell) on backup vocals. These were the first live performances of the song to feature a full horn section, as it does on the album. In 2001, the song also featured Clarence Clemons on saxophone, Danny Federici on organ, Nils Lofgren on guitar, Garry Tallent on bass, and the Redheaded Women on backup vocals. In 2003, the song also featured Danny Federici on organ, Nils Lofgren on guitar, Steve Van Zandt on guitar, Lisa Lowell on backup vocals, Soozie Tyrell on backup vocals, and Bobby Bandiera on guitar.

  1. 17 Dec 2000 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  2. 18 Dec 2000 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  3. 03 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  4. 04 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  5. 06 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  6. 07 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  7. 08 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  8. 07 Dec 2003 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  9. 08 Dec 2003 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ

Since 2007 Springsteen has been playing the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit shows. KITTY'S BACK was performed during the fourth (2010) annual benefit. The song was played in a unique version backed by The Max Weinberg Big Band and Roy Bittan. See the live 03 Nov 2010 version for more details.

Covers

As far as it's known, only one artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's KITTY'S BACK.

Various artists -- For You: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- For You: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Totem Records (TTM 480499 2) - Italy, 1995

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. KITTY'S BACK is performed by Strange Fruit. See Strange Fruit's cover version for more details.

In his book Philip Lynott: The Rocker, Mark Putterford writes that the main melodic guitar riff in Thin Lizzy's THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN was based on Springsteen's KITTY'S BACK.

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for all the help.

Some of the above info about the studio recording and the live performances is taken from Brucebase.

Request

Reportedly the master tape for Thin Lizzy's THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN went missing for years because one of the studio engineers thought that it sounded like Springsteen's KITTY'S BACK and labeled the reel as "Kitty's Back" as a joke. There's also a story in one of Philip Lynott's biographies that goes like this: Lynott was sitting somewhere in the United States (possibly by some pool in Los Angeles) trying to get up the nerve to walk across and introduce himself to Bruce Springsteen. Lynott was gutted when Springsteen got up to leave, but before he did, he came over to Lynott and said, "Hi I'm Bruce Springsteen and I really like your music." Obviously Lynott was speechless.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of KITTY'S BACK on this website:

KITTY'S BACK [Album version]
KITTY'S BACK [Outtake version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 06 Dec 1973 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 13 Jul 1974 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 08 Aug 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 14 Aug 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 27 Sep 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 11 Oct 1975 (late show) version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 05 Dec 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 17 Dec 2000 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 08 Dec 2001 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 06 Oct 2002 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 11 Dec 2002 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 29 Apr 2003 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 31 Aug 2003 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 08 Dec 2003 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 20 Mar 2008 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 07 May 2008 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 15 Aug 2008 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 29 Apr 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 23 May 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 03 Oct 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 07 Nov 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 03 Nov 2010 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 05 Feb 2014 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Strange Fruit's cover version]

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