Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at the Hanover Theatre
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The last date listed for Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes was Thursday May 21, 2009 / 7:30pm.
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In a business where success is defined as getting a second single and longevity measured in nanoseconds, surviving for three decades is a rare accomplishment. But Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes have not just survived… they have flourished. For 35 years the Jukes have been the embodiment of the Jersey shore sound.
Southside Johnny first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s as the second act to emerge from the Jersey Shore music scene and be considered part of the Jersey Shore sound, following Bruce Springsteen.
Southside’s first three albums, I Don’t Want to Go Home (1976), This Time It’s For Real (1977), and Hearts of Stone (1978), were Stax-influenced R&B arranged and produced by the co-founder of the band and Springsteen confederate Steven Van Zandt and largely featured songs written by Van Zandt and/or Springsteen.
The Van Zandt-written “I Don’t Want To Go Home” became Southside’s signature song, an evocative mixture of horn-based melodic riffs and sentimental lyrics.
Other notable songs included “The Fever”,“Talk to Me,” “This Time It’s For Real,” “Love on the Wrong Side of Town,” and the definitive version of Springsteen’s " Hearts of Stone."
In 1998 Southside Johnny came back into the spotlight with an independent release titled Spittin’ Fire, a live record with a semi-acoustic Jukes lineup released in France containing a 20 song set recorded during a series of 10 shows at the “Chesterfield Café” in Paris, France. Further albums have followed, and the band is still a popular touring act.