The Stone Pony
Born in Freehold, New Jersey to a bus driver father and a legal secretary mother, Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen had the revelation of his life the day he saw Elvis Presley’s performance on the Ed Sullivan Show on television. Later, he decided to try his luck in music. His first band, The Rogues, performed in local clubs. His mother saw in him an extraordinary talent and decided to take out a loan so that he could buy a good guitar. The concerts then follow one another.
While Bruce Springsteen really launched his career at the Upstage Club, it was at the Stone Pony that he returned regularly, honing his style and playing and gaining confidence in front of audiences. He has also played the most within these walls, returning years after his debut to stay connected to his roots.
However, when his first album was released, Bruce Springsteen had not yet tested the acoustics of the Stone Pony. The success remains modest. Always determined, the boss struggles to impose himself. In 1975, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band covers the two most famous songs of the record, Spirit in the Nights and Blinded by the Light, and manages to do better in the charts. The young musician finds his salvation on stage…
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The Stone Pony
More than just a bar, The Stone Pony has provided a launching pad for many New Jersey bands and artists.
If The Stone Pony is intimately linked to Bruce Springsteen, he is not the only one to have benefited from the influence and aura of this former restaurant based on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Jon Bon Jovi for example, has more than once walked this legendary scene, as have other big names like Southside Johnny.
Opened in 1973, The Stone Pony continues to play its role today, despite a history of problems that have jeopardized its survival. Fully involved in the life of the community, it hosts the Asbury Park Music Awards ceremony.
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