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Bruce Springsteen offers two hours of rock’n’roll in Asbury Park

As he’s done three other times since his son Evan started attending Boston College, Bruce Springsteen offered a private benefit show for the school last Saturday, November 16th at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.

The show, at over a thousand dollars per ticket, was held to help out students in need. About 400 people attended and enjoyed the 2-hour, 22-song set, which opened with a version of Wilson Pickett’s «634-5789».

Next were  «Seven Nights to Rock» and «Darlington County», plus many Springsteen hits («Born to Run», «Dancing in the Dark», «Rosalita») and songs from his Asbury-based first two albums such as «Sandy», «Spirit in the Night» or «Growin’ Up».

Rock’n’roll standards «Detroit Medley» and «Twist & Shout» closed the show, with the Bobby Bandiera band and Max Weinberg on several songs, before Bruce said goodbye all alone with an acoustic version of «Thunder Road».

See complete setlist.

Bruce Springsteen guests on Matt O’Ree’s album

Matt O’Ree Band’s new album Brotherhood comes out November 23rd, and they will celebrate it with a release party at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Bruce Springsteen sings and plays guitar on the album’s first single, «Black Boots».

The song was recorded in 2003, when the current Bon Jovi guitar player started recording the album. Matt told the Asbury Park Press he was teaching Springsteen’s son Sam to play the guitar when he approached Bruce to ask him if he would play on his album: “I saw Bruce after the lesson that day and he mentioned that he liked the song ‘Black Boots,’ so with every ounce of courage I could possibly muster up, I asked, ‘Would you be up for playing on it?’. Bruce took a step back and was like, ‘Yeah, I want to do something on this.’ ”
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