Last Saturday Joe Grushecky was playing at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park when his old pal Bruce Springsteen showed up and jumped onstage to play for about two hours. The sweaty small club was packed and Bruce delivered a hot performance.
The setlist was pretty much the same as the Light of Day benefit show held last January at the nearby Paramount Theatre, with some Grushecky-penned songs (“Pumping Iron”, “Talking to the King” or “Chain Smokin'”) and a lot of Springsteen’s (including “Adam Raised a Cain”, “Save My Love”, “Racing in the Street ’78”, “Frankie Fell in Love”, “Pink Cadillac” and a great “Because the Night”). E Street Band’s saxman Eddie Manion was part of Joe G’s band.
Joe will be back in Asbury Park in October with a show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Springsteen-produced album “American Babylon”.