NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 31: Musicians Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen and Pattie Scialfa perform onstage during the Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band In Concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on January 31, 2016 in Newark City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)

There aren’t many of us in New Jersey who don’t love this guy, so most would agree that he deserves his own special day.

Bruce Springsteen, born in Long Branch, NJ, and grew up in Freehold, NJ is being honored by his native state.

Governor Phil Murphy called him “one of the most iconic and influential musicians” and declared that The Boss’ birthday, September 23, will officially be known as Bruce Springsteen Day in the Garden State.

Murphy said, “Bruce Springsteen is one of the most iconic and influential musicians, and New Jerseyans of all time, period.” The Guv Tweeted, “I am both honored and proud to announce @springsteen‘s birthday, Sept. 23, will officially be known as Bruce Springsteen Day in the Garden State.”

The declaration came a day after Springsteen and The E Street Band wrapped the first leg of their North American tour at New Jersey’s Prudential Center, with a set that featured two special songs.

Bruce opened the night with the Lucky Town track “Local Hero,” appropriate for a man playing his home state. The performance marked the first time he played the song on this tour, and the first time it’s been played since 2013. The Boss also added a cover of the Tom Waits classic “Jersey Girl,” another tour debut. Previously, Bruce hadn’t played the track with the E Street Band since 2016. Magic 98.3’s  morning traffic reporter Cande Roth, who has attend double-digit Bruce concerts,  was at the show and said, “I think it was the best Springsteen show I’ve ever seen, and he sang ‘Candy’s Room’ so I was dying.” Cande also said she wanted to “zip line from the top of the Prudential Center down to the stage.”

While the Prudential show was the final concert of this leg, Bruce will be back in the States for another set of shows kicking off August 9th, with dates confirmed through December. But up next, he and the band head over to Europe for a run beginning April 28 in Barcelona, Spain.

A full list of tour dates can be found at


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