The Stone Pony. Music bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Every man is allowed one pilgrimage in his life.
That shall be mine.
Last Saturday night, Bruce Springsteen performed at said establishment with E Street Band members drummer Max Weinberg ("The Mighty Max!) and keyboardist ("Professor") Roy Bittan.
Bittan has oft been introduced on stage as "the only one of us up here with a college diploma!".
Springsteen led the Third Annual Boston College Bar Band Bash -- which benefits
his son Evan's school -- with backing from Bobby Bandiera's band
featuring guest vocalist J.T. Bowen and a setlist filled with original
classics and covers.
It's the first activity we've seen from Bruce and E Street since the death of original member and saxophonist Clarence Clemons last June.
Recent reports have stated that Springsteen and the band had met recently to discuss their options for the future in the wake of "The Big Man's" passing but nothing has been announced publicly.
You wonder how it felt for the three long time collaborators to get up and jam to E Street classic for the first time since Clarence's death.
Probably a good sign if you're a Springsteen fan: they'll carry on.
The Big Man wouldn't have it any other way.
  • The setlist for Springsteen's Saturday's Stone Pony show was:
    "Working On The Highway"
    "My Lucky Day"
    "Spirit In The Night"
    "Working In A Dream"
    "Seven Nights To Rock"
    (with Steve Barlotta)
    "Savin' Up" (with J.T. Bowen)
    Got The Power" (with J.T. Bowen)
    "Darlington County"
    "Because The
    "Waitin' On A Sunny Day"
    "4th Of July, Asbury Park
    "Pink Cadillac"
    "Talk To Me"
    "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out"
    The Midnight Hour" (with J.T. Bowen)
    "Soul Man" (with J.T.
    "Dancing In The Dark"
    "Glory Days"
    "Born To
    "Havin' A Party" (with J.T. Bowen)
    "Twist And
    "Thunder Road" (acoustic)