Yesterday afternoon the iconic Max's Kansas City was rebuilt, right around the corner from the where the original stood. By sundown, the cast and crew for Martin Scorsese's upcoming HBO series brought the replica to life. The show, which has previously been listed under Rock n' Roll, but now appears to be called Vinyl, is set in the 1970s and focuses on music exec and fictional record label called American Century Records. The series counts Mick Jagger as a producer, and stars Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Andrew Dice Clay, James Jagger (the son of Jerry Hall and Mick), and Olivia Wilde.
Max's Kansas City had 3 incarnations, and 2 addresses, if you count the failed attempt at revival in the 1990s. The original was at 213 Park Avenue South, from 1965 to 1974, and 1975 to 1981 (fun fact: Ed Koch had a campaign office upstairs); the second at 240 West 52d Street (1998 to... 1998). The HBO show's set was on 19th Street and Broadway, around the corner from the original Max's.
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Along with the facade, the exterior of the set featured old cars, including the "official pace car Mercury Comet Cyclone GT" (which was actually a pace car for the 1966 Indianapolis 500), and a newsstand with of-the-era covers from LIFE, Penthouse, Telegraph, and Ebony magazines.
During its peak, Max's saw acts like the Ramones, Springsteen, the Velvet Underground, and many more. There are very few details that have been made public about Scorsese's show so far, so it's unclear what year the cast and crew stepped into during last night's filming.