1976-10-22 Hanger (The), Hazlet, NJ

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A discreet Springsteen turns up (apparently as just another paying customer) at a gig by one of his early '60s musical favourites, Gary U.S. Bonds. About half way through the show Bruce takes the stage, borrows a guitar and provides duet-background vocals for the rest of the show. According to Bonds, Bruce played for nearly an hour. This was the first time Springsteen and Bonds had ever met. Afterwards Springsteen invites Bonds to guest at his show on October 29. In an early 1980s interview Bonds commented: "I was playing down along the Jersey shore. One night the owner of the club came over to me during the show and mentioned that Bruce Springsteen was in the audience and wanted to come up and play. Bruce who? I didn't recognize the name! But the guys in my band did, so I said OK. When I introduced him the place went crazy… and I'm saying to myself, ‘gee, what on earth is happening here'? After the show Bruce gave me an invitation and about a week or so later I sang during one of his shows".

Note: Brucebase has placed the venue as The Hanger in Hazlet on the basis of a newspaper advert from the Red Bank Register on the day of the concert. Previous information suggested the venue was Fat City in Seaside Heights.

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Gary U.S. Bonds

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