You just can't keep Bruce Springsteen away from Asbury Park once summer comes to New Jersey. Rolling Stone reported “The Boss” took to the stage on Wednesday night (August 7th) at the Asbury Park Convention Hall following the premiere of the new feature Blinded By The Light, which was inspired by his songs, and jumped up to jam with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes.
Springsteen joined his Jersey club circuit former bandmate for four songs — the Wilson Pickett's “634-5789,” Sam Cooke‘s “We’re Having A Party” — along with the Springsteen-written Jukes classic “Talk To Me,” and his own “Sherry Darling.”
Springsteen last popped up in Asbury on July 6th, when he hit the Stone Pony Summer Stage to jam first with E Street Band bassist Garry W. Tallent — and then play a seven-song set with Southside & The Jukes.
A dozen Bruce Springsteen classics are featured on the Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack , which is released today (August 9th.) The coming of age movie chronicles the life of a Muslim teen in 1987, who comes into his own with the help of Springsteen's music. Blinded By The Light opens nationwide on August 14th.
According to the press release, “Blinded By The Light brings together 12 essential Bruce Springsteen performances ranging from greatest hits and fan favorites — 'Born To Run,' 'Dancing In The Dark,' 'Hungry Heart,' and 'Because The Night' — to previously unreleased tracks, including the long-sought-after studio recording of 'I'll Stand By You.' Also, for the first time on album, are two live rarities: the debut live performance of 'The River' — from the archival download No Nukes '79 – Madison Square Garden, NYC – September 21, 1979; and the acoustic solo performance of 'The Promised Land' from Concert for Valor – The National Mall, Washington DC, November 11, 2014.”
Bruce Springsteen recalled that where he, Southside Johnny, and the E Street Band originally came from played a huge part in the type of music he wrote and performed: “If you grew up an hour outside of New York, like we did along the Jersey Shore — I mean, most of the people in my town had never been to New York City. And there was no one who came along the Jersey Shore to find talent, or songwriters, or bands. It just didn't happen then — this is the late-'60s and early-'70s. You were left in a bit of your own wilderness, y'know? But you had a very specific group of influences and a specific sound. So, what it was bars, y'know, it was bars, cars, girls — it was the things that I ended up writing about.”