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Springsteen Comes Through At Benefit

Bruce Springsteen continued to be a reliable artist for the Light Of Day cause when he appeared at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ Saturday night (1/14), making it the ninth time he has performed in the twelve years the event to raise money to fight Parkinson's Disease has been held.  The concerts, which began in smaller clubs but shifted to the theater after Springsteen's regular appearances drove ticket demand through the roof, have been nearly instant sell-outs.  Last night's was no exception. The official lineup included Southside Johnny, Garland Jeffreys and David Bromberg, but the clamor for tickets based on expectations that Bruce would perform left hundreds of fans willing to pay hundreds for tickets out in the cold. Those lucky enough to get in got quite an evening of music even before The Boss came out during Willie Nile's set to join him on the song One GuitarNile was followed by Southside Johnny And The Poor Fools, an outfit that included  E Street Band violinist Soozie TyrellSpringsteen took the stage on his own for an acoustic version of Incident On 57th Street and then turned things over to Joe Gruschecky and David Bromberg before reappearing to join Grushecky and his Houserockers on Darkness On The Edge Of Town. A dozen more songs followed, including Adam Raised A Cain, Johnny 99, Because The Night, The Promised Land,  Thunder Road and Light Of Day (with E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg) in a set that did not wrap up until after 2am. (Videos)


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