The Boss Goes Bowling
ASBURY PARK, NJ - JUNE 18: (L-R) Danny Clinch and Chris Scianni of the Tangiers Blues Band perform onstage with Bruce Springsteen during the Grand Re-Opening of Asbury Lanes at Asbury Lanes on June 18, 2018 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iStar)

The Boss Goes Bowling

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ASBURY PARK, N.J. (CelebrityAccess) Bruce Springsteen officially helped reopen the refurbished Asbury Lanes bowling alley in New Jersey last night.

The Boss, with actor Hugh Jackman in attendance, jammed for about 30 minutes with Tangiers Blues Band.

ASBURY PARK, NJ – JUNE 18: (L-R) Jay Sugarman, Bruce Springsteen, Hugh Jackman and Danny Clinch attend the Grand Re-Opening of Asbury Lanes at Asbury Lanes on June 18, 2018 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iStar)

The four-song set was Huey Smith’s “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,” Muddy Waters’ “I Just Wanna Make Love To You,” The Rolling Stones’ “Down The Road Apiece” and The Isley Brothers’ “Twist And Shout.”

Asbury Lanes, booked by Bowery Presents, opened to the public over Memorial Day Weekend.

Asbury Lanes opened in the 1960s as an 18-lane bowling alley but became a hangout for the alternative music and art scene-sters. The first concert was heavy rock band Lord Stirling and, starting in 2003, acts including Mick Jones of The Clash, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, and The Bouncing Souls played the then-300-capacity room. It was bought and closed by iStar in 2015.

“Everyone has an Asbury Lanes story,” said David Bowd of Salt Hotels, who will operate the Lanes. “Emotions ran higher with this project than with anything we’ve undertaken. What mattered to them matters to us: keeping the soul of this incredible venue while making changes necessary to

ASBURY PARK, NJ – JUNE 18: Chris Scianni of the Tangiers Blues Band performs onstage with Bruce Springsteen during the Grand Re-Opening of Asbury Lanes at Asbury Lanes on June 18, 2018 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iStar)

guarantee its future.”

A “secret” passage will run between the venue and the Asbury hotel. Its famous bowling-pin sign is being restored and reinstalled as well as a mural by local artist Pork Chop. Interior walls will keep their “many, many” layers of paint.

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