10 of the best Bruce Springsteen landmarks in New Jersey | Cultural trips


Convention Hall, Asbury Park

This spectacular constructing on the Asbury Park boardwalk was constructed in the late Twenties and is essentially used for concert events and sporting occasions. Since 1999, it has additionally been the location for Bruce’s tour rehearsals. But Bruce hasn’t been its most raucous resident: in 1956, it was famously the scene of a large-scale riot at a Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers present, after which the mayor threatened to impose a ban on rock’n’roll performances.

(*10*)A view of the exterior of the famous Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA.
Photograph: Alamy

These days it’s topped by a big illuminated signal studying Greetings From Asbury Park – a reference to the title of Springsteen’s 1973 debut.

Atlantic City

At night, casinos illuminated on the Atlantic City boardwalk
Photograph: Alamy

Fabled for its seashores, boardwalks and casinos, Atlantic City was additionally the topic of a 1982 Springsteen single (from the album Nebraska), a barely determined, faintly seedy invitation to dress up and meet in the metropolis as bother appeared to brew on the horizon. The music captured the new really feel of the metropolis: in the late Seventies, when it sat in heavy decline, a referendum was handed to legalise playing right here, and it swiftly grew to become a vacation spot for playing, boxing bouts and a form of Vegas-lite air. Bruce’s accompanying video confirmed the demolition of the metropolis’s previous Blenheim Hotel and pictures of the earliest casinos, together with Caesar’s, Playboy and Harrah’s.

39½ Institute Street, Freehold

Musician Bruce Springsteen grew up in this home at 39 1/2 Institute Street in Freehold, New Jersey.
Photograph: James Leynse/Corbis by way of Getty Images

This wasn’t Springsteen’s first house (that’s now a church driveway on Randolph Street) however this white wood house with a porch is the place the younger Bruce moved in 1958. Fans could recognise it from its look as half of the Born in the USA album art work: on the lyric sheet, the phrases run over an image of Springsteen leaning in opposition to a sycamore tree in the entrance yard. In his autobiography, he remembers it had “no scorching water, [and] 4 tiny rooms”. Today, maybe a bit of weary of the Bruce pilgrims, there’s a stern “no solicitors” signal on the door.

E Street, Belmar

Highway 71 is the foremost arterial route via Belmar, a small, ocean-side borough of Monmouth County. Just a few blocks east of right here is E Street, a brief, one-way road the place Bruce’s one-time keyboard participant Dave Sancious’s mom lived, and the place they’d practise in the earliest days. Springsteen duly named his band the E Street Band in its honour. When the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Springsteen spoke of how “actual bands – actual bands are made primarily from the neighborhood. From an actual time and actual place that exists for a short while, then adjustments and is gone eternally.”

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park

The famous rock club The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ, USA.
Photograph: Alamy

The Stone Pony has stood right here at Ocean Avenue since 1973, a 1,000-capacity venue that’s now one of the most well-visited locations for Springsteen followers. Though Bruce truly launched his profession at the Upstage Club, over on Cookman Avenue, it’s the Stone Pony to which his identify is eternally tied, enjoying right here greater than some other venue. He first stepped on stage right here in 1974, enjoying with The Blackberry Booze band, led by Steve Van Zandt and Southside Johnny. Though he by no means performed the Stone Pony with the E Street Band (except for fundraising reveals), in the early 80s he typically jammed with the Sunday evening band Cats On a Smooth Surface.
913 Ocean Avenue, stoneponyonline.com

7½ West End Court, Long Branch

7½, West End Court, Long Branch, New Jersey
Photograph: Google Streetview

In the yr he lived in this cottage, a block or so from the seaside in Long Branch, the 25-year-old Springsteen wrote the bulk of his album Born to Run. Springsteen has spoken of the Aeolian piano that when stood in the lounge and the kitchen desk, the place he used to jot down his lyrics, now sits in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. In 2009, it was purchased by three Springsteen followers decided to protect the home for musical posterity however, two years in the past, they put it up on the market as soon as extra for just below $300,000.

Highway 9

At dawn, cars drive down the US 9 highway past Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey, US.
Photograph: Smith Collection/Getty Images

Though you would possibly anticipate Springsteen’s lyrics to be heavy on the New Jersey specifics, he’s in truth fairly restrained in this division, favouring as a substitute a extra common sense of the state. Several of the references that do stand, nevertheless, are to roads: the New Jersey Turnpike, which seems in Living on the Edge of the World, Open all Night and State Trooper, and Route 88, which pops up in Spirit in the Night. US Route 9 has its second of glory in Born to Run in the line “Sprung from cages on Highway 9 …” Should you care to drive it, Route 9 runs largely parallel to the Garden State Parkway, up via the suburbs of Atlantic City, and leaves the state by way of the George Washington Bridge.

Madam Marie

Madam Marie’s Psychic Adviser Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA
Photograph: Alamy

When he was in his late teenagers, every so often Springsteen would go to a fortune teller named Madam Marie on the Asbury Park boardwalk – allegedly it was she who instructed him he was going to be well-known. In truth, Madam Marie was the stage identify of Marie Castello, and her small sales space was nicknamed The Temple of Knowledge. Springsteen would typically sit exterior it and, in 1973, he referenced her in his music 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy): “Did you hear the cops lastly busted Madame [sic] Marie for telling fortunes higher than they do …” and he or she loved widespread fame thereafter. Castello died in 2008 however her enterprise continues on the boardwalk.
4th Avenue, inexperienced house on the Boardwalk

Maxwell’s, Hoboken

Maxwell’s Tavern, New Jersey. US

Maxwell’s is a musical establishment in New Jersey however it performed an element in the Springsteen story in 1985 when it was used as one of a number of New Jersey places for his Glory Days video, directed by Hoboken resident John Sayles. A wistful look again to his youthful years, the music’s opening verse remembers an opportunity assembly Springsteen had together with his former Little League teammate, speedball pitcher Joe DePugh, at a bar in 1973, and the video’s baseball scenes had been shot at Miller Stadium in West New York, New Jersey.
1039 Washington Street, maxwellsnj.com

The Student Prince, 911 Kingsley Street, Asbury Park

Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons on stage during the Born to Run tour in 1975.
Clarence Clemons on stage with Springsteen throughout the Born to Run tour. Clemons met his soon-to-be ‘boss’ at The Student Prince. Photograph: Richard E Aaron/Redferns

In the late summer time of 1971, Springsteen would meet E Street saxophonist Clarence Clemons – later nicknamed The Big Man – right here at this Asbury Park bar. Clemons was enjoying with Norman Seldin & the Joyful Noyze at the Wonder Bar down the road and after his present walked as much as see Springsteen’s set. The story runs that there was a heavy storm that evening and as Clemons opened the door to the membership the wind was so robust it blew the door off its hinges. Clemons too was thunderstruck – albeit by Springsteen’s efficiency. “It was so pressing, so actual, and so thrilling to me,” he instructed Springsteen biographer Peter Ames Carlin. “It was like I’d been trying to find so lengthy and now, thank God, I’m lastly, lastly, the place I’m presupposed to be.”


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