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Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium - September 16-18, 2011  -  West Long Branch, New Jersey

Veteran Jersey Shore tour guides and authors of the book "Rock and Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore," Jean Mikle and Stan Goldstein, will be providing tours of the historical Bruce Springsteen and rock-and-roll sites in Asbury Park and Freehold.

In Asbury Park you'll see the well-known spots like the Stone Pony, Convention Hall, Paramount Theatre, the Casino, and Madam Marie's fortune-telling booth as well as many other locations where Bruce Springsteen as far back as the early 1970s made his mark and continues to make news today.

We'll visit the outside of the Upstage Club (the club is long gone but the building still stands today) where Bruce first started out in Asbury Park in the late 1960s, and right across the street is the restaurant where Bruce played two Christmas shows in December of 2004.

Jean and Stan will show you the spots in Asbury Park that Bruce has referred to in his songs. You'll see places where he has shot promotional photographs, sites where he has filmed music videos, and sites where he continues to rehearse for his world tours. If you haven't been to Asbury Park in a while, you'll be surprised at how much the boardwalk has changed for the better. Many fine stores and restaurants are now located there. After Asbury Park, a quick trip will be made to Belmar to see the corner of 10th Avenue and E Street. Bring your camera for this outstanding photo-op. This is where Bruce got his name for the E Street Band, and you'll see the house on E Street where Bruce's first piano player, David Sancious lived.

"My Hometown" Freehold will be next on the tour. The town where Bruce Springstreen grew up and was the influence for many of his songs and writings.

You'll see the site of Bruce's first Freehold home on Randolph Street. It's now a church parking lot, and see his other two Freehold homes which still stand. See the area Bruce referred to in stories told on the Devils & Dust tour. You'll see the tree which Bruce stood next to for a photo shoot for the Born In The USA tour program next to his second home.

We'll also see the two schools Bruce attended, St. Rose of Lima (where he came back to play a benefit show in 1996) and Freehold High School.

Downtown Freehold also is where some of Bruce's favorite restaurants are and where he still comes back to visit today. You'll also see the "Born To Run" fire truck that Bruce purchased for the town of Freehold in the 1990s.

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Photo credits: A. M Saddler