Bruce Springsteen Performs Born to Run Classics at Surprise Asbury Park Benefit Concert

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Bruce Springsteen performs at the 7th annual "Stand Up For Heroes" event at Madison Square Garden on November 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Bruce Springsteen hosted a surprise concert in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Saturday (November 16, 2019). The Boss made an appearance at the storied venue the Stone Pony, where he performed a two-hour set to raise money for Boston College.

As Rolling Stone points out, Springsteen was joined by E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, Bon Jovi guitarist Bobby Bandiera, and other members of Bandiera’s band. The supergroup performed Springsteen favorites like “Born To Run,” “Spirit in the Night,” and “Dancing in the Dark,” as well as a handful of covers including the Beatles‘ “Twist and Shout” and the R&B classic “634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.).”

The performance follows the recent theatrical release of Western Stars, a new companion film accompanying Springsteen’s latest album of the same name. Last month, the vocalist made a surprise appearance at an early screening of the film in Freehold, New Jersey, where he introduced the film to an awe-stricken crowd. If that weren’t enough, the songwriter also released another theatrical effort—Springsteen on Broadway—late last year. The Netflix special, which documents the songwriter’s Tony Award-winning Broadway show, was recognized with this year’s Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special.

Watch fan-shot footage of his latest performance at the Stone Pony and find a full setlist for the performance below.


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According to famed Springsteen historian Stan Goldstein (@stannergg) Bruce #Springsteen played a 22-song, two-hour set at a private benefit for Boston College at the Stone Pony tonight. Bruce was backed up by Bobby Bandiera’s band and Max Weinberg played about half the show on drums. Show began at 7:40 p.m. Set list, per Stan: 1. 634-5789; 2. Seven Nights to Rock; 3. Darlington County; 4. Spirit in the Night; 5. Growin’ Up; 6. Because The Night; 7. Two Hearts; 8. Cadillac Ranch 9. Rendezvous; 10. Boy In New York City; 11. From Small Things 12. I’m On Fire; 13. Waiting on A Sunny Day; 14. Talk to Me; 15. Fourth of July Asbury Park (Sandy) 16. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out; 17. Dancing in the Dark; 18. Born to Run; 19. Rosalita; 20. Detroit Medley; 21. Twist & Shout; 22. Thunder Road (solo acoustic). #brucespringsteen Photo by @donnaalberico. All info courtesy @stannergg.

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Bruce Springsteen’s full Stone Pony setlist:
1. “634-5789”
2. “Seven Nights to Rock”
3. “Darlington County
4. “Spirit in the Night”
5. “Growin’ Up”
6. “Because The Night”
7. “Two Hearts”
8. “Cadillac Ranch”
9. “Rendezvous”
10. “The Boy From New York City”
11. “From Small Things”
12. “I’m On Fire”
13. “Waiting on A Sunny Day”
14. Talk to Me
15. “Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”
16. “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out”
17. “Dancing in the Dark”
18. “Born to Run”
19. “Rosalita”
20. “Detroit Medley”
21. “Twist & Shout”
22. “Thunder Road”


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