The new movie Blinded by the Light is based on the true story of the impact Bruce Springsteen‘s music had on a Pakistani Muslim teen in ’80s England — so when the movie had its premiere Wednesday night in Asbury Park, NJ, it’s no wonder The Boss showed up to support it.
The Asbury Park Press reports that Bruce walked the red carpet with his wife Patti Scialfa and the movie’s director, Gurinder Chadha, who also directed Bend It Like Beckham.
The star of the movie, Viveik Kalra, said of Springsteen’s appearance, “No one told me that was going to happen!”
According to Billboard, in the theater, Bruce ran through some of his ’80s songs, including The River’s “Sherry Darling.”
Springsteen hits from the ’70s and ’80s like “Dancing in the Dark,” “Cover Me,” “Hungry Heart,” “Born to Run” and, of course, “Blinded by the Light” are featured on the movie’s soundtrack, as well as three unreleased recordings: a studio version of “I’ll Stand by You,” a 1979 version of “The River” that Springsteen and The E Street Band played in New York City, and a solo acoustic rendition of “The Promised Land” performed in Washington, D.C. in 2014.
The soundtrack is out this Friday. The movie itself hits theaters on August 16.
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