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Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at Van Zandt concert

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/30/2017
In this Saturday, May 27, 2017 photo, Bruce Springsteen, right, performs at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., with rocker Steven Van Zandt, left, during the show’s encore. Springsteen performed a handful of songs including “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” when Van Zandt surprised guests and invited Springsteen on stage. (Amanda Stevens/Count Basie Theatre via AP) © The Associated Press In this Saturday, May 27, 2017 photo, Bruce Springsteen, right, performs at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., with rocker Steven Van Zandt, left, during the show’s encore. Springsteen performed a handful of songs including “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” when Van Zandt surprised guests and invited Springsteen on stage. (Amanda Stevens/Count Basie Theatre via AP)

RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — Bruce Springsteen has surprised concert-goers in New Jersey with a performance during the encore of a Steven Van Zandt show.

In this Saturday, May 27, 2017 photo, Bruce Springsteen, right, performs at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., with rocker Steven Van Zandt, left, during the show’s encore. Springsteen performed a handful of songs including “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” when Van Zandt surprised guests and invited Springsteen on stage. (Amanda Stevens/Count Basie Theatre via AP) © The Associated Press In this Saturday, May 27, 2017 photo, Bruce Springsteen, right, performs at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., with rocker Steven Van Zandt, left, during the show’s encore. Springsteen performed a handful of songs including “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” when Van Zandt surprised guests and invited Springsteen on stage. (Amanda Stevens/Count Basie Theatre via AP)

Count Basie Theatre executive Jon Vena said Monday the crowd "erupted" when Van Zandt introduced Springsteen during the Saturday show as "a friend who's out of work."

In this Saturday, May 27, 2017 photo, Bruce Springsteen, right, performs at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., with rocker Steven Van Zandt, left, during the show’s encore. Springsteen performed a handful of songs including “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” when Van Zandt surprised guests and invited Springsteen on stage. (Amanda Stevens/Count Basie Theatre via AP) © The Associated Press In this Saturday, May 27, 2017 photo, Bruce Springsteen, right, performs at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., with rocker Steven Van Zandt, left, during the show’s encore. Springsteen performed a handful of songs including “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” when Van Zandt surprised guests and invited Springsteen on stage. (Amanda Stevens/Count Basie Theatre via AP)

Springsteen emerged on stage during the encore and played four songs, including "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Can I Get a Witness."

Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul were playing at the theater in Red Bank to mark the release of Van Zandt's album "SOULFIRE."

Van Zandt is a member of Springsteen's E Street Band.

It's not the first time the New Jersey native Springsteen has surprised audiences. In April, he played a two-hour jam session at the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival.

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