Friendly Enemies, The

The Friendly Enemies was a very short-lived moniker used only once prior to the creation of Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom. The name was conceived in February 1971 and promotional material was printed for a show in March 1971 at Asbury Park's Sunshine In.It was actually a week or two prior to this March 27th gig that the famous moniker Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom was conjured up, but it was too late to change the name on the promotional material and posters for the show.

Aside from Springsteen, The Friendly Enemies consisted of Steven Van Zandt (guitar), Garry Tallent (bass), David Sancious (keyboards), Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez (drums, vocals), Southside Johnny (harp, vocals), Albee Tellone (sax, vocals), former Rogues member John "Hotkeys" Waasdorp (electric piano), Bobby Feigenbaum (tenor sax), Bobby Williams (drums, vocals) and Carl "Tinker" West (congas).

There was also a chorus/skit troupe of Upstage-regulars nicknamed The Sonic People, which amongst others consisted of Upstage-bouncer Roger "Black Tiny" Lewis, who would sat on stage playing the game of Monopoly during Bruce’s performance. At one point during the show Springsteen sat at the Monopoly table while singing. The Monopoly game and the baton twirling were unique to this show, these antics were not incorporated into any later shows.



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