Bruce Springsteen‘s River tour touched down at Detroit’s Palace of Auburn Hills last night, and at the end of the marathon show, local legend Bob Seger was coaxed onstage by Steve Van Zandt to shake a tambourine and sing along to “10th Avenue Freeze-Out” and a cover of “Shout” by the Isley Brothers. Seger was sitting in a prime spot near the front with his wife Nita for the duration of the show, and it’s unclear if his move onto the stage was planned or spontaneous. Check out video of the two songs shot by a fan in the pit.
Seger and Springsteen first played together on the opening night of the original River tour on October 3rd, 1980 at the Crisler Center at the University of Michigan. Seger came out at the end to join Springsteen and the E Street Band on “Thunder Road.” Despite becoming friends in the intervening years, and Springsteen adding “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” into his live repertoire in 1992, they didn’t play together again until December 1st, 2011 when Springsteen joined Seger at Madison Square Garden for “Old Time Rock and Roll.”
The Palace of Auburn Hills show came just five days after Springsteen was supposed to play a concert in North Carolina that he canceled in protest of the state’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which takes away the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their rights are violated in the workplace. Michigan is contemplating a similar law, and Springsteen spoke out against it from the stage. “We hope the bill doesn’t pass, ’cause we love playing in Michigan,” Springsteen told the crowd. “So keep your heads up.”
The U.S. leg of Springsteen’s River tour runs wraps up April 25th after a two-night stand at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The tour then heads to Europe for the summer. Seger, meanwhile, has kept a low profile since his Ride Out Tour with the Silver Bullet Band concluded last March.