Pittsburghers have come to expect that moment near the end of a Springsteen show when The Boss brings longtime friend Joe Grushecky up on stage (and in recent years, Joe's son Johnny as well) to do "Code of Silence," "Light of Day" and/or "Glory Days."
That's one thing we won't see when Springsteen opens The River Tour at Consol Energy Center on Jan. 16.
Grushecky has a gig in, of all places, Bruce's stomping grounds of Asbury Park, N.J. He and the Houserockers will be making their annual appearance at the Light of Day concert, benefiting the Light of Day Foundation, a nonprofit that battles Parkinson's disease founded by artist manager Bob Benjamin.
This year's main event at the sold-out Paramount Theater features the Houserockers playing right before headliners The Smithereens on a bill that also includes Willie Nile, Jesse Malin, Steve Forbert, Garland Jeffreys and Johnny Grushecky's band Milly.
Springsteen has played 11 of the last 15 LOD concerts. This year he'll be busy opening a 24-date tour one state away.