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Bruce Springsteen, age 65, performed till 2 a.m. for surprise Asbury Park concert

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    Bruce Springsteen rarely appears on the lineup for the annual Light of Day benefit concert raising money for Parkinson’s disease. But considering the event takes its name from one of his songs and goes down in Asbury Park, New Jersey, it’s no surprise that he’s a frequent guest. On Saturday evening, Springsteen once again made an appearance at the Paramount Theater, putting on a legend-worthy show with a host of Asbury favorites.

    The Light of Day shows have become as much a celebration of Asbury Park musical history as it is a benefit. Local heroes like Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg, “Southside” Johnny Lyon, Garland Jeffreys, John Eddie, Willie Nile, and Joe Grushecky all came together to put on a show harkening back to the early days of the scene. “It’s loose sometimes,” Springsteen told Asbury Park Press after the show, “but if you want to know what the feeling was back in the ’70s in the clubs around here, it’s a bit like that.”

    Springsteen has played 11 of the past 15 Light of Day benefits, but Saturday’s spectacular showing has everyone from NJ.com to Rolling Stone calling it his best one yet. From backing Nile on his song “One Guitar” to fumbling through Gary U.S. Bonds’ “This Little Girl is Mine” with LaBamba, Southside Johnny, and Bon Jovi guitarist Bobby Bandiera, Springsteen was everywhere. He was even in the crowd, walking through the venue a handful of times. He brought out deep cuts like “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)” and “Racing in the Street (’78)”, and was backed by Gruschecky’s small Houserockers band for songs like “Darkness on the Edge of Town” and “Because the Night”. He even backed Grushecky on the musician’s own “Never Been Enough Time” and “I Still Look Good (For Sixty)”.

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    All told it was a wild evening that lasted till 2:00 am and is already being penned into history books. Below, watch video highlights from the evening followed by the complete setlist.

    “This Little Girl is Mine”:

    “Racing in the Street (’78)”:

    “I Don’t Want to Go Home” w/ Southside Johnny

    Setlist:
    “One Guitar” w/ Willie Nile
    “This Little Girl is Mine” w/ LaBamba’s Big Band
    “Higher and Higher” w/ Southside Johnny.
    “I Don’t Want to Go Home” w/ Southside Johnny
    “Adam Raise a Cain” w/ Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
    “Savin’ Up” w/ Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
    “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)” w/ Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
    “Never Be Enough Time” w/ Joe Grushecky on lead
    “Racing in the Street (’78)” w/ Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
    “Pumping Iron” w/Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers and photographer Danny Clinch on harp
    “Darkness on the Edge of Town” w/ Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
    “Still Look Good for 60” w/ Joe Grushecky on lead
    “Frankie Fell in Love”w/ Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
    “Hearts of Stone” w/ Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
    “Save My Love” w/ Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
    “Talk to the King” w/ Joe Grushecky on lead
    “Because the Night” w/ Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, John Eddie, James Maddock, and Willie Nile
    “Light of Day” et al
    “Thunder Road” solo acoustic
    “The Promise Land” et al

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