Thompson joins Springsteen on stage

At the conclusion of his three-hour set last night at the sold out Richmond Coliseum, Bruce Springsteen announced he'd like to bring an old friend on for one more song. Right on cue, out walked Robbin Thompson, composer of unofficial Virginia anthem "Sweet Virginia Breeze," and as the Hook reported in April before the Boss' JPJ set, a former bandmate of Springsteen's in the Richmond-New Jersey collective Steel Mill. Along with the rest of the E Street Band, they played a cover of the Isley Brothers' "Twist and Shout." #

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Hey Rob -

It's not nice to plagiarize. I'm willing to bet that book reviewer Colin Reel from RockNReel in the UK doesn't appreciate people copying his work and presenting it as their own, especially when it's completely out of context.


Something tells me that Rob may actually be affiliated with the website It appears to be a website to sell a book.

I am pretty sure that the guy who wrote "Where's the beef?" was not upset that it became a catchphrase in the 80's...I am pretty sure Wendy's was pretty happy with that plagiarism.