Bruce Springsteen WOWS Audience At Benefit Concert for The Count Basie Theater in New Jersey

Monday, May 12, 2008   by Wow Jones

While listening to WFAN-AM on Friday, May 9th, 2008 morning (at about 2am) hosted by Mark Malusis, I heard a very interesting call with some breaking news.  A male caller (didn’t note his name, but he was probably a regular) breathlessly talked about his experience earlier in the week at a Benefit Concert headlined by Bruce Springsteen.

According to the caller, this benefit concert for The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ featured a once-in-lifetime performance by Bruce Springsteen.  It took place on Wednesday, May 7th, 2008.  While listening to this caller’s enthusiasm and excitement about the show, all I could do was assume that Bruce Springsteen did his job.  “Is anybody alive out there?”

The concert was hosted by NBC’s own Brian Williams and in the concert–Bruce Springsteen performed each song from his two classic albums DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN and BORN TO RUN!!!  In addition to that, Bruce Springsteen performed the songs that according to Bruce Springsteen lore, “birthed” those albums!!!

Don’t know if Bruce Springsteen has ever done that before, but that’s quite a concept.  Rapper JAY-Z performed each track of his REASONABLE DOUBT album at Radio City Music Hall a few years back and that was received fairly.  I read that Legendary Rap Group PUBLIC ENEMY is planning to do the same thing–perform each track of a “classic” album when they tour later this year.  We’ll see how that goes.

In all, this is quite a novel way to expand on the databank/database of fans’ private memories and imaginations.

According to The Spaghetti Incident Blog– Here’s the set list for the benefit concert.



Adam Raised A Cain

Something In The Night

Candy’s Room

Racing In The Street

The Promised Land


Streets of Fire

Prove It All Night

Darkness On The Edge of Town

BORN TO RUN Album-Set List

Thunder Road

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (w/ horns)



Born To Run

She’s The One

Meeting Across The River ( w/ Mark Pender)



So Young And In Love (w/horns)

Kitty’s Back (w/horns)

Rosalita  (w/horns)

Raise Your Hand (w/ horns)

Here’s a detailed accounting of this Bruce Springsteen Benefit Concert For The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ.

Anybody else out there attend this show?  Care to share your experience?  Did you dig the show?  Did it provide everlasting memories?  Sure sounds like it did.


–The Wow Jones Report


One Response to “Bruce Springsteen WOWS Audience At Benefit Concert for The Count Basie Theater in New Jersey”

  1. […] before (especially in the past few years) (and like he did recently in Chicago) (and like he did in Red Bank in 2008), and as the title of this post suggests, Bruce Springsteen (now 60 years old) is jumping on the […]

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