Article 2004-11-06 Asbury Park, NJ

The Boss Back Home

Bruce Springsteen, left, made a surprise appearance at the Stone Pony nightclub in Asbury Park, N.J., on Saturday night, taking part in a benefit concert for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Organization. The performance was his first since President Bush's election victory. Mr. Springsteen had campaigned for Senator John Kerry and teamed up with other performers for a MoveOn-sponsored "Vote for Change" tour of major swing states. But, he said on Saturday, "I'm just here to play music tonight." At about 1 a.m., during a set by Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Mr. Springsteen hopped onstage with a blond electric guitar. Hair combed back, with a soul patch on his chin, denim shirt unbuttoned to his chest and hanging out of his denim jeans, he joined in on "Idiots Delight," one of Mr. Grushecky's songs. He remained onstage with the band until 2:30 a.m., performing several songs, including "Johnny 99," "Code of Silence," "Murder Incorporated" and "This Hard Land." Mr. Springsteen made some light stage banter, and thanked everyone for coming but made no anti-Bush comments as he did on his tour.

By Joe Brescia via The New York Times.
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