Bruce Springsteen celebrates Wonder Bar’s anniversary with a video message
Happy Birthday to Wonder Bar in Asbury Park.
Lance Larson and Debbie DeLisa, the “Lance and Debbie” of Wonder Bar, are celebrating their 20th anniversary at the helm of the city landmark this weekend, and they received a special shoutout from Bruce Springsteen on Sunday, July 31.
“Hey Debbie, just want to congratulate you on 20 years of Wonder Bar, a fabulous institution in Asbury Park,” Springsteen said in a video shared by DeLisa on her Facebook page. “We need you, we love you – have another big 20. Bye-bye.”
“I love you Bruce Springsteen,” DeLisa said on the post. “Thank you for all of your support over the years, and thank you for the music and the memories…God bless you and your family.”
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DeLisa saw potential in the abandoned bar in 2002.
“There was no running water. It had been dropped,” DeLisa previously told USA Today Network NJ. “I had just moved from South Beach and saw the renovations there. I said Lance, you know all the musicians. You can’t beat this place.
DeLisa created the popular Yappy Hour concept, where dogs and their owners frolic in enclosures just outside the bar.
Springsteen has performed several times on stage at the club, but most of the time he fits in as best he can.
“He’s sitting on the side of the bar,” said Larson, who gave the boss the red hat Springsteen has in his pocket on the cover of the “Born in the USA” album. It’s a tribute to Larson’s late father.
“People don’t bother him,” Larson said. “They have respect for the guy. He also goes out and meets the dogs. He’s sitting outside with the dogs.
Springsteen’s latest publicity portrait was taken by Danny Clinch inside the Wonder Bar last summer.
The spot hosted 20th anniversary shows all weekend, culminating on Sunday, July 31 with Vini Lopez and the Wonderful Winos. Lopez, a founding member of the E Street Band, is expected to be joined by his former bandmate Lord Gunner Larson for a few songs. Larson is recovering from a series of attacks.
The Wonder Bar was built in the early 60s by artists Carl and Ann Tesche.
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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers entertainment and reporting for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]