Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Bruce at the Pony
Bruce Springsteen performs 25 songs at private benefit at the Stone Pony on Saturday night
Published: Sunday, October 23, 2011
Springsteen played a private benefit show for Boston College at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Saturday night. Springsteen's oldest son, Evan, attends Boston College.
Springsteen, backed by a band which included E Streeters' Roy Bittan on keyboards and Max Weinberg on drums as well as Bobby Bandiera, played 25 songs over two hours and 35 minutes. There was a four-piece horn section.
Also joining in for a few songs was J.T. Bowen, the lead singer for Clarence Clemons' Red Bank Rockers from the 1980s. Bowen had played with Springsteen at the Wonder Bar on July 17.
Among those in attendance were N.J. Governor Chris Christie, actor Tim Robbins and NBC news anchor Brian Williams.
The show began at 8:10 p.m.
2. Working on the Highway
3. Lucky Day
Bruce told a story about meeting some fans from Sweden over the summer at the Wonder Bar. The fans told him they traveled to see Asbury Park and to see him.
4. Growin' Up
Bruce told the crowd he wrote this song six blocks from here in an abandoned beauty parlor on Cookman and Main avenues in Asbury Park.
5. Spirit In the Night
Bruce went out into the crowd and jumped on the front bar.
6. Working on a Dream
7. Seven Nights to Rock
8. Savin' Up (with J.T. Bowen)
9. A Woman's Got the Power (with J.T. Bowen)
10. Darlington County.
11. Because the Night
Great guitar playing by Bruce
12. Waiting on a Sunny Day
Bruce came out and jumped on the back bar by the bathrooms.
13. Fourth of July Asbury Park (Sandy)
14. Pink Cadillac
15. Talk to Me
16. 10th Avenue Freeze-Out
17. Midnight Hour (with J.T. Bowen)
18. Soul Man (with J.T. Bowen)
One of the highlights of the show
19. Dancing in the Dark
20. Glory Days
21. Born To Run
23. Havin' A Party (with J.T. Bowen)
24. Twist and Shout
25. Thunder Road (solo acoustic).
Show was over at 10:45 p.m.
Springsteen will be playing two shows with Joe Grushecky in Pittsburgh on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4.