Bruce Springsteen Shouts Out Pittsburgh (In Cleveland)

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Bruce Springsteen performs at the Times-Union Center on Feb. 8, 2016 in Albany, New York.  

Pittsburgh musician, Joe Gruscheky, joined the band for "Born to Run," at the Ohio Show.

Why is Cleveland such a confusing city for rock and roll stars? First, Spinal Tap couldn't find the stage, and now, Bruce Springsteen couldn't tell where he was.

The Boss had a bit of a goof-up last night (Feb. 23) at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio when he accidentally shouted out to Pittsburgh on stage.

"Party noises Pittsburgh," he exclaimed. "And Cleveland, too!"

Perhaps the presence of Pittsburgh musician Joe Gruschecky -- leader of The Houserockers -- caused the slip-up. Longtime Springsteen fans know of the musical friendship between the two artists. Springsteen produced the band's American Babylon record, penning two songs and playing on several tracks. Gruschecky joined the E Street Band to play guitar for the anthem, "Born to Run."

All was forgiven, as the E Street Band rewarded the audience with a stellar show, including a blistering version of "Youngstown" that included an intense Nils Lofgren guitar solo. Springsteen also gave the rock and roll city a treat---a tour premiere of "Growin' Up."  For added fun, Springsteen invited a young guitarist on stage to play guitar on "Dancing in the Dark."

So why the confusion? Terrie Carr, programming and music  director of 105.5 WDHA in New Jersey, said Springsteen's slip-up is merely a casualty of touring.

"I have seen his happen frequently and I completely believe it to be a touring moment…especially on long tours, tours that dates are rescheduled or that are geographically piled on top of one another," she said. "I have heard tons of bands call New Jersey New York, including The Rolling StonesGuns N' Roses called New Jersey 'Philly', and a few Boston references as well."

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