From Bruce Springsteen to Bon Jovi to Patti Smith, Asbury Park, New Jersey, is to rock 'n' roll what Salt Lake Valley is to Mormons. It is a promised land. Its history is rich in guitar riffs and circle pits. And few bands are as familiar with both as the Bouncing Souls. Last month, the punk veterans invaded Bamboozle Fest in their beloved Asbury Park, doing what the Star-Ledger described as "charm the largest crowd of the day." Bouncing Souls ran through a marathon set of classics like "Kids and Heroes" and "Private Radio," as well as new music from their latest record, Comet. But the road to major American music festivals started in an unlikely place, at a Bernardsville, New Jersey, Knights of Columbus Hall. It was there, in 1989, that Greg Attonito, Pete Steinkopf, Bryan Kienlen, and Shal Khichi played together as a band for the first time. The rest, of course, is history.
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