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 Stones. Guns N’ Roses called New Jersey ‘Philly’, and a few Boston references as well.”
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