2003-12-08, Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ

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Notes

Holiday show featuring Bruce Springsteen & the Max Weinberg 7 with several guest performers.

Victoria's Gospel Choir opens the show with gospel set
Jesse Malin sings on "Queen of the Underworld" and "Wendy"
"R.O.C.K. Rock" and "96 Tears" are sung by Garland Jeffreys.
"Merry Christmas Baby (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)" sung by Little Steven.
"This Time It's For Real" and "Talk to Me" feature Southside Johnny.
"It's Been a Long Time" features Southside Johnny and Little Steven.
Sam Moore sings "Hold On I'm Coming", "When Something's Wrong With My Baby", "I Thank You" and "Soul Man"
"Shine Silenty" and "Because the Night" feature Nils Lofgren on vocals and guitar.
Everyone is on stage for "Christmas Baby Please Come Home"
"I Don't Wanna Go Home" features Bruce, Little Steven and Southside Johnny.
"My City of Ruins" is sung by Bruce with Sam Moore on backing vocals.

Eyewitness accounts

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Tom Cantillon wrote: The best holiday show of the 3 and one of the best of even the previous years. Bruce and fellow artists were in top form all night.

The gospel choir, as always, were simply great. Although I'm not a big fan of The Wish, it was a very moving performance last night--beautifully done. Thundercrack was wild and great. Southside, have to love him--just a bundle of energy and a great sidekick for Bruce--they get so silly together.

Nils tour the roof off of the place with Because the Night--outstanding. But once again, the highlight of the evening was when Sam joined Bruce and they rocked some soul into some great, classic music. Something is Wrong with my Baby was heartbreakingly beautiful--hope there's a quality release of that one some time soon. The entire set with Sam was simply top quality. Soul Man and Thank You had the crowd dancing and singing along. Do a short tour, Sam and Bruce, it'll be great.

96 Tears was a nice surprise--very good. Kitty's Back--always intense. A terrific Merry Xmas Baby and a great set of soulful, hard-rocking encores between City of Ruins and What's so Funny.

It was spiritually satisfying to get another dose of Bruce. Hopefully, another tour will not be too far down the road. Happy Holidays--and thanks, Bruce, Max & others for 3 great nights, via Greetings From Asbury Park!

Mark wrote: The best concert ive ever been to in my life...These holiday shows are just like the shows from the early 70s....Thunder Crack, So young and In love (pretty much exactly the same as a love so fine), Seaside Bar song, KITTY's BACK...what an amazing show....Its been a long time with Stevie Bruce and Southside was a highlight, and so was Merry Christmans (I don't wanna fight tonight)....Little Steven should do more solo stuff....he's amazing! looking forward to next year's holiday shows!!!

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