John Eddie And The Front Street Runners Live @ Emerald City – 1981

  • Wednesday / December 4, 2013

John Eddie And The Front Street Runners
Live @ Emerald City – 1981

The year was 1981. Bruce Springsteen was touring behind his new double album “The River”, and I was still in attendance at CW Post in Long Island as a film major. It was a Friday night in Cherry Hill, NJ. The bill was Gary US Bonds—who was very hot at the time and heading his own “Bruce assisted comeback”—and local New Jersey boys John Eddie And The Front Street Runners. My buddy Geoff Hoover and I were there, but I don’t remember if we bought tickets or were guest listed. I knew John Eddie, had photographed him plenty already, and tonight was no different. It’s my film choice that tells me I was strapped for cash—so I might have been on the list plus one. I shot both John Eddie and Gary US Bonds in black and white—yeah no cash for color. But no matter. We were there to have a blast! And so we did.

While I was pulling together the John Eddie photos I was going to show at the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation’s tribute to bands who played the Fast Lane, I befriended a gentleman named Art Masciocchi on Facebook who was also at the same John Eddie show. He said he had a recording of the show, and asked if I’d like a CD copy of the original taping of the show. I was like—hell yeah! So he sent me a copy. I ripped it. And below are the songs from that show.

Sometimes I’m still amazed at how small the world becomes via the Internet. Hope you enjoy this blast from the past as much as I have! Thanks to John Eddie And The Front Street Runners for the music, and thanks to Art for sending the CD! Enjoy!

While you’re listening to the show … you can check out my photos of John Eddie And The Front Street Runners from that same night.

John Eddie & Gary US Bonds Emerald City 05.29.1981
John Eddie @ Emerald City 05.29.1981Gary US Bonds Emerald City 05.29.1981
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Joe Streno

Joe Streno

artist . musician . photographer . apple computer consultant . residing on planet earth with his two cats rocky & rose & living to tell tales about it

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Great photos…I remember Thursday nights at Emerald City…What a great place…

Whatever happened Kim, the bassist, in the Front Street Runners?

Joe Streno

Hi Marguerite …

Thanks! 🙂

EC was a great place, though I lived about an hour away & only saw a few John Eddie shows there, as well as a Philly band the A’s.

Kim Benson was a great bass player & a really nice guy. But I really don’t know what happened to him. John dropped him & other long time band members when he signed with Columbia Records. BTW … the Discogs page I linked to … looks like they lifted 3 of my photos of Kim from Emerald city. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Wish i could tell you more.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Great stuff!! Thanks so much. I have demo cds of many of John Eddie and the Front Street Runners’ original studio songs plus live shows from 1981-1985. I’ll be glad to send them to you if you are interested. We used to come down to the Shore and Philly from Boston back in the day to catch them and John Cafferty and Beaver Brown, etc. Took major crap for wearing my Larry Bird #33 jersey into Philly bars I can tell you lol! Last time I saw him was at the Empire rock club in ’89 after he hadn’t played the area for a awhile following the release of “The Hard Cold Truth” album. There was a band that opened for him that night called Midnight Mission which I liked. Haven’t been able to find anything at all about them on the net. All the best from here.
Johnny S.

Joe Streno

Hi Johnny …

Greetings from Asbury Park!

Thanks for sharing your story. I’m always amazed how people find their way here, who had seen him all those years ago.

Thanks for stopping by & for offering to send me copies of the JE recordings you have. That would be awesome! I can always share them on my blog too, for others to hear. If you want to send me copies of CDs you can get my street address from my jo.info page. Maybe I can send you a couple JE photos in exchange, if you’d like. ?

Yeah, had some great times seeing and hanging with the band. Lots-o-fun!

Thanks again for stopping by & can’t wait to get the recordings.

Cheers … Joe

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Hi Joe, are you able to send me copies of those CDs please? I’ve been looking for the original Front Street Runners demos forever! Thank you!

Joe Streno

Hi Tom …

Johnny Sullivan never contacted me directly after his comment above & never posted here again, so I never got any CDs from him. And the CD that I originally got is long gone. It only contained the MP3s you can download from the link above. That’s all I have.

Joe

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Johnny can you PLEASE PLEASE send me copies of the Front Street Runners demo CDs? I’ve been looking for them FOREVER! Thank you: email is – [email protected]

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Hi Johnny I was surfing clicked on John Eddie and wound up here. I would love to get demos of John Eddie and the Front Street Runners. I saw them Thurs Oct 9 1986 in DC. I now live in SW Virginia and no chance to see him. I’ll gladly pay for cd’s. thanks. Bill

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I’ve never heard this before.
I’m a little choked up.

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Thank you so much for posting these songs and pictures. The night is young was always one of my favorite songs, I never thought I’d hear it again. Takes me back to such a fun time – thanks again!

Di

Joe Streno

Hi Di …

Thanks! And thanks for stopping by! Thanks to John & the Runners for years of great music & so much fun! :)

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