Bruce Springsteen Makes Surprise Appearance at Zach Bryan Concert

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are set to perform in San Francisco at the Chase Center tonight (March 28), but last night the Rock and Roll Hall of famer took a detour back to the East Coast for a surprise performance with country star Zach Bryan’s concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The clues to Springsteen’s appearance came early, as Bryan took the stage to the sounds of the Nebraska track, “Johnny 99.”

Prior to the encores, Bryan emerged wearing a Springsteen shirt, then welcomed the 74-year-old Grammy and Academy Award winner to the stage for a performance of his new, unreleased song, “Sandpaper” and  “Revival.” Springsteen traded lyrics with Bryan, on “Sandpaper,” and later took a solo on his famed Fender for “Revival,” captured on fan video.

 Maggie Rogers, who is featured on Bryan’s song, “Dawns,” was also in attendance and appeared earlier for “Dawns” and the encores with Springsteen.

Earlier this month, Bryan broke an attendance record in Springsteen’s home state of New Jersey at the Prudential Center in Newark on March 15. Bryan’s The Quittin Time Tour marked the highest attendance ever for a single show in the Newark arena’s 16-plus year history with 19,151 guests in attendance.

Springsteen, currently on tour, will appear at Monmouth University on April 24 for the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music second annual American Music Honors event honoring John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, and Dion DiMucci. Stevie Van Zandt’s Disciples of Soul will serve as the event’s house band. Award presenters include Bruce Springsteen and Jon Landau and 2023 American Music Honors recipients Van Zandt and Darlene Love.

He is also the latest songwriter to be honored as a Fellow of the Ivors Academy with Amazon Music, with a ceremony that will take place at Grosvenor House in London on Thursday, May 23.

In additional news, Jeremy Allen White (The Bear, Shameless) is rumored to portray Springsteen in an forthcoming film. “Nebraska.”

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