Bruce Springsteen performed four songs on Monday night (18th June) at the grand reopening of a historic bowling alley and music venue.
A man who has always stayed true to his roots, The Boss appeared on stage in front of just 700 people at the reopening of Asbury Lanes, an iconic bowling alley, bar and music venue in his native New Jersey.
Flanked by The Tangiers Blues Band, The Boss performed four boogie-tastic songs – ‘Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu’ by Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns, Muddy Waters’ ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You’, Freddie Slack With the Will Bradley Trio’s ‘Down the Road Apiece’ and The Top Notes’ ‘Twist and Shout’.
Following its closure for remodelling in 2015, the relaunch of Asbury Lanes is part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment plan for the region.
“We didn’t know if we would ever see Asbury come back or not, in our lifetime, so it’s been a joy watching what’s been happening in town over the past 10, 15 or 20 years,” Bruce told the audience that included celebs Hugh Jackman, former Entourage star Adrian Grenier and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
“I walk down the boardwalk now, I feel like the Ghost of Christmas Past. But that’s okay. It’s fun to watch Asbury’s future unfold in front of me.”
You can watch fan-filmed footage of Bruce’s performance here:
The show on Monday took place on a night off from Bruce’s extended Broadway residency at New York’s Walter Kerr Theater, which runs through to December.
Last night’s Broadway show saw Bruce condemn the “inhumane” treatment of thousands of children who have been separated from their families due to the immigration policies of Donald Trump’s administration.