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Springsteen Performs at Light of Day Benefit [VIDEO]

There’s nothing quite like having Bruce Springsteen make a surprise appearance to give you a memory that you will talk about for a lifetime. Bruce made a (sort of) surprise appearance at the Light Of Day Festival Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park.

The Boss took the stage around 9pm performing along side Jesse Malin, then came back on stage later to perform with Willie Nile, and then again with Joe Grushecky and the house rockers, where Springsteen performed a lot of his own material. Among the songs they played included, “Adam Raised a Cain,”  “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “Atlantic City,” “Promised Land,” and “Because the Night,”

Bruce  pulled out “Frankie Fell in Love,” a song from his upcoming album “High Hopes,” and Grushecky enthusiastically sang along on the choruses. Ed Manion, well known for his tenure in the Jukes as well as his role as a saxophonist in the expanded version of the E Street Band, took the spotlight on a version of “Hearts of Stone,” a song Springsteen wrote for Southside Johnny. Although he barely showed himself to the crowd, David Bryan of Bon Jovi could also be seen bobbing away, playing an organ at the rear of the stage. You can view a fan video from YouTube of the “Hearts of Stone” performance below.

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Bruce has a new album out called “High Hopes” and has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon parodying the “Bridgegate” scandal to the tune of “Born to Run” in 80’s garb. The new songs were also featured in last week’s episode of the CBS series “The Good Wife.

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The goal of Light Of Day Foundation is to raise money for Parkinson’s disease. Among those who performed at the seven-and-a-half-hour event were John Rzeznik, from the Goo Goo Dolls, Jesse Malin, Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan. They all joined Springsteen — and honoree Bob Benjamin, the beloved Shore concert promoter and manager stricken with Parkinson’s — for a singalong version of “Thunder Road.” The gang messed up the words, and absolutely nobody cared.

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Have you ever been at an event where Bruce has showed up? Where was it and what do you remember most about it? Let’ hear your stories below.

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