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The Boss showed up at the Wonder Bar to play such classics as "Adam Raised a Cain," "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "Atlantic City," among others.
It wouldn’t be summer at the Jersey Shore without a Bruce Springsteen sighting, and fans on hand for Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers' July 18 show at Asbury Park's Wonder Bar were no doubt elated when the Boss himself showed up 15 minutes in the set.
Springsteen, who produced Grushecky's 1995 album American Babylon, ripped through 15 songs with the band, including "Racing in the Street," "Adam Raised a Cain," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "Save My Love," "Atlantic City" and “Pink Cadillac.”
The 65-year old rocker was especially authoritative on the guitar, poring over the leads with sweat, grit and swagger. A standout moment: his powerful, muscular version of "The Promised Land" with Eddie Manion handling saxophone duty.
Springsteen was clearly in a spirited mood at the Saturday night show, telling stories about longtime mutual friend (and E Street Band member) Steven Van Zandt, and dedicating the sexy “Because the Night” to "all the ladies in the house.”
Thanks to social media and rabid texting by those inside the 300-capacity venue, it didn't take long before a crowd gathered on the sidewalk, trying to listen in to the show. Springsteen took notice, dedicating “Light of Day” -- and leading the through the chorus of classic “Land of 1,000 Dances" -- to the “people out in the street.”
The set included a special performance of “Code of Silence,” a song co-written by Springsteen and Grushecky that won the pair a Grammy Award in 2004.
Watch Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town” below:
Update: A previous version of this article misidentified the song in the video as "Atlantic City."