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- Posted on Jul 18th 2011 2:00PM by Dan Reilly
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The rock legend's performance was a surprise for the few hundred people packed into the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, N.J. The bill featured an opening set by Clemons' son Nick and a headlining slot by J.T. Bowen and the Soul Cruisers. Bowen was the singer of the Red Bank Rockers, the Big Man's band in the '80s.
The 45-minute set -- Springsteen's first in public since Clemons' June 21 funeral -- featured only two of his originals, 'Action in the Streets' and 'Savin' Up,' which appeared on 'Rescue,' the debut from Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers.
The rest of the performance included such covers as 'Ain't Too Proud to Beg,' 'Shake,' 'Sweet Soul Music' and 'Knock on Wood.' The group ended the night with '634-5789.' Check out videos of the performance (via Rolling Stone) below.
'Knock on Wood' and 'Raise Your Hand'
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