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Fri Nov 2, 2012, 01:20 AM

Springsteen Pays Tribute to Storm-Damaged NJ Coast [View all]

Source: Associated Press

SPRINGSTEEN PAYS TRIBUTE TO STORM-DAMAGED NJ COAST

By GENARO C. ARMAS Nov. 1 10:20 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen says his home state will rebound from the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy.

During a stop at the Jordan Center on the Penn State campus Thursday, Springsteen also thanked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for "doing a fine job" of taking care of citizens. He lauded police, firefighters and other first responders.

Springsteen then launched into an extended, heart-wrenching rendition of his song "City in Ruins."

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"It's so hard to see those businesses ... be washed away by the storm last week," Springsteen said.

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Springsteen also made several other references to the storm during the show. He said he hoped his hometown of Asbury Park, N.J., would recover from Sandy's wake much quicker than the 25 years it took for the coastal town to rally from earlier hard times.

During a line from the second song of the night, "Wrecking Ball," Springsteen paused for at least a minute following the line "Now my home is on the Jersey shore."


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The second opening song was "We Take Care of Our Own."

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