On this night in 1971 young up-and-coming guitarist Bruce Springsteen
opened a pair of shows for The Allman Brothers Band at Sunshine In in Asbury Park, NJ. As if the
bill wasn't impressive enough, southern rockers and Allman label mates Cowboy also
performed at the Jersey Shore venue that evening.
According to BruceBase, both Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt were fans of the
Allmans and lobbied hard to get on the bill. Problem was, The Boss didn't have a band.
Steel Mill had broken up, so Springsteen rounded up a group of his musical friends and
utilized the moniker "Friendly Enemies." Bruce was backed by Steve Van Zandt (guitar),
Garry Tallent (bass), David Sancious (keyboards), Vini 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 Tinker West (congas) at the Asbury Park performances.
While both the Allman Brothers Band and Bruce Springsteen setlists from March 27, 1971
have gone undocumented, there's a bit on BruceBase about that evening which really warms
out hearts: "Apparently, The Allman Brothers got a kick out of Bruce’s combination of zany
props and inspired music. Backstage between shows Duane Allman gave some slide guitar tips
to Steve Van Zandt and also played some impromptu slide on top of a soundboard tape
listening session of Bruce’s early show that Tinker West was conducting. Allman was quoted
as saying 'that's one cookin' band, man.'"
The Allman Brothers Band were slated to return to Asbury Park later that year, but sadly
the gig was cancelled after Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident.
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