Monday, July 20, 2015

Bruce does it again--in Asbury Park, of course

                                                                                               Bruce Springsteen 
To our readers: We admit it. The story is not about energy or the environment. And it's mercifully free of politics. But it's summertime at the Jersey Shore and we got a little goosey when we read it, and thought you might like it too.

Here's how the Asbury Park Press's Chris Jordan saw it:

Call it a love letter to Asbury Park.
                          Photo: Chris Jordan 
More than two hours of rock 'n' roll from Bruce Springsteen, Joe Grushecky, Eddie Manion and Grushecky's Houserockers in a packed and steamy Wonder Bar on the city's Ocean Avenue on Saturday, July 18.

It was a surprise appearance by Springsteen, who came on stage 10 minutes into the Grushecky and Manion bill and it featured 15 songs with an emphasis on Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town" period along with nuggets like "Because the Night," "Pink Cadillac" and "Light of Day."
After several  shows together over the years -- including multiple Light of Day festivals at the nearby Paramount Theater -- the Springsteen-Grushecky and the Houserockers pairing is a well-oiled machine. Springsteen and Grushecky seamlessly traded solos on "Never Be Enough Time" an the two traded lead vocals on "Chain Smoking." Manion, a member of the E Street Band who often plays with Grushecky, punched up the evening with his sax solos and his sax undertones on "Atlantic City" gave the song a rollicking Seeger Sessions feel.
                                                                   Photo: Chris Jordan
The teamwork extended to Springsteen toweling off Houserockers bassist Art Nardini's face When the Boss spoke-sang the intro of his 1982 hit "Atlantic City," he paused after the line: "but maybe everything that dies someday comes back."
"Maybe Asbury Park is back?" Springsteen said, to cheers.
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