The song was included in the Detroit Medley, a medley of various songs - including in this medley, depending on the period:
Back in the U.S.A
., CC Rider
, Devil with the blue dress
, Good Golly Miss Molly
, High School Confidential
, I got you (I feel good),I'm ready
, Jenny take a ride
, Kansas City
, Land of 1000 Dances
, Mystery train
, Sock it to me baby
, Sweet Soul Music
, Tallahassee Lassie
, Travelin' Band
Likely the inspirational version was Little Richard’s.
1981-02-05 - KEMPER ARENA, KANSAS CITY, MO
"Kansas City" in the encores.
Kansas City" is included in the "Detroit Medley".
2002-09-24 - KEMPER ARENA, KANSAS CITY, MO
Set includes a super long version of "Kansas City", which was wonderful and seemed unrehearsed. It was so spontaneous that he went to Clarence Clemons for a solo, and Clarence struggled to get something going. Then Bruce had to tell the sound guy to turn up Clarence so we could hear him. Bruce was cracking up as Clarence struggled to get through a solo with his baritone sax. On the next solo break, Bruce called for Steven Van Zandt, and it took two or three notes before the sound guy got Steve above the mix. This version of "Kansas City" included the band walking off the stage singing the "bye bye" refrain while Roy Bittan was left at the piano. Roy just stayed there by himself for a good five minutes. I wondered if Roy was going to end the song and walk off. Finally, Bruce and band snuck up stage right behind Roy and they resumed. Jon Landau had a guitar when the band came back on stage, and he joined Bruce at the microphone for a verse. Landau didn't sing.
Also sounchecked: Tour debut "Kansas City," opens the show.
1979-01-11 - LOCK STOCK AND BARREL, FAIR HAVEN, NJ
A private 37th birthday party for Clarence Clemons, with Springsteen and the entire E Street Band (except for Steve Van Zandt) attending .
1982-06-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
With Cats On A Smooth Surface.
1987-04-12 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
With most of the E Street Band and members of Cats On A Smooth Surface. Jon Bon Jovi guests on "Kansas City".
1989-06-20 - MARTELL'S SEA BREEZE, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ
With Bobby Bandiera.
The "Kick Up Your Paws" benefit for the Monmouth County SPCA, hosted by Max and Becky Weinberg. Springsteen joined The Max Weinberg 7 at the end of their set. About 500 people were in attendance for the fundraiser, at the Weinberg's farm. "Terry Magovern was involved in this event, too, and he was looking forward to it," Max told the Asbury Park Press, "so it's dedicated to him."