"The River" flowed the same way twice for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band fans in Michigan on Thursday night.
On Oct. 3, 1980, when the group's original tour in support of The River opened in Ann Arbor, Bob Seger joined Springsteen and company for an encore reprise of "Thunder Road." History repeated -- albeit with different songs -- on Thursday at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit, when Seger again joined Springsteen and the E Streeters for the conclusion of their nearly three-and-a-half-hour concert.
Springsteen had actually journeyed into the crowd during "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" when guitarist Steven Van Zandt waved-up Seger -- who lives nearby and was sitting in the front row on the side of the stage with his wife Nita -- and handed him a tambourine to help finish the song. Seger stayed onstage for the show-closing rendition of the Isley Brothers' "Shout," finishing the song by leaping in tandem with Springsteen and then joining the band for its final bow.