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The Gaslight Anthem unite with Bruce Springsteen for memorable weekend

The Gaslight Anthem and Bruce Springsteen. Photo by Heather Mary Ryan

Story by Jack Foley

NEW Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem experienced an astonishing patronage this weekend from legendary neighbour Bruce Springsteen when he joined the band onstage at both Glastonbury and the Hard Rock Calling event in London’s Hyde Park.

Springsteen joined the band on guitar and vocals for a storming version of their new single The 59 Sound and provided one of the real highlights of both festivals.

To return the favour, Gaslight Anthem’s frontman Brian Fallon also joined Bruce Springsteen at both events for the song No Surrender to prove their mutual respect and provided yet another classic festival moment.

Commenting afterwards, Fallon told Absolute Radio: “Bruce just turned up backstage yesterday. He asked if he could play with us and today he said: “Hey, I’m going to play with you.” I guess God likes me a little!”

“I’m amazed how gracious he is,” he continued. “You’re aware of his presence, his stature, the history he has and his legacy, but you get the sense he’s encouraging us, like an older brother would be.

“We’re carrying on in the traditionalism of rock n roll and you could tell he is super supportive of that and that means the world to us. The fact that he’d join us to play makes us the ‘beautiful loser’ as they say. The underdog triumphs!”

The band also released a single of the title-track from last year’s critically-acclaimed album, The ’59 Sound, on Sideonedummy Records.

The single is available via download, as well as in 7” and CD versions. The B-sides include Gaslight’s cover version of State of Love and Trust by Pearl Jam and We Came to Dance off the band’s first full-length, Sink Or Swim.

The Gaslight Anthem will bring their live performances to the following shows and festivals in the UK and Europe this summer:

2 – Roskilde Festival, Roskilde
3 – Vainstream Festival, Munster, Germany
4 -Vainstream Beastfest, Weisbaden, Germany
5 – Ruisrock Restival, Turku, Finland
9 – BBK Alive Festival, Bilbao, Spain
10 – Alive Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
11 – Oxegen, Dublin, Eire
12 – T In The Park, Glasgow, Scotland
16 – Gurten Festival, Bern, Switzerland
17 – Art Sonic Festival, Briouze
18 – Dour Festival, Dour
19 – Latitude, Southwold, Suffolk, UK
25 – Fuji Rock Festival, Niigata

2 – All Points West Festival, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
7- Lollapalooza, Chicago, Illinois, USA
29 – Leeds Festival – NME Stage, Leeds, UK
30 – Reading Festival – NME Stage, Reading, UK

Photo kindly supplied by Heather Mary Ryan.