Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance Saturday evening near the end of Southside Johnny’s annual July 4th weekend concert at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He came on stage to join his old friend on a spirited rendition of “Sherry Darling” and stuck around for seemingly unrehearsed takes on “The Fever,” “Talk to Me,” “Kitty’s Back,” ‘I Don’t Wanna Go Home,” ‘Mona/Not Fade Away” and “Having a Party.”
Southside Johnny and Springsteen rose out of the late Sixties Asbury Park rock scene and have played together countless times over the years, but this was their longest set in many years. E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent played earlier in the night on the Stone Pony Summer Stage, and Springsteen joined him for his original song “Dirty Rotten Shame” even though he barely seemed to know it. It was the first time Springsteen had ever played with Tallent at one of his solo shows.