Bruce Springsteen joined on stage by Bob Seger in Detroit, condemns anti-LGBT laws

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"The River" flowed the same way twice for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band fans in Michigan on Thursday night.

On Oct. 3, 1980, when the group's original tour in support of The River opened in Ann Arbor, Bob Seger joined Springsteen and company for an encore reprise of "Thunder Road." History repeated -- albeit with different songs -- on Thursday at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit, when Seger again joined Springsteen and the E Streeters for the conclusion of their nearly three-and-a-half-hour concert.

Springsteen had actually journeyed into the crowd during "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" when guitarist Steven Van Zandt waved-up Seger -- who lives nearby and was sitting in the front row on the side of the stage with his wife Nita -- and handed him a tambourine to help finish the song. Seger stayed onstage for the show-closing rendition of the Isley Brothers' "Shout," finishing the song by leaping in tandem with Springsteen and then joining the band for its final bow.

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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 11: REDBANK Photo of Bruce SPRINGSTEEN, Bruce Springsteen performing on stage - Born to Run Tour, 27 (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Bruce Springsteen Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1973: Photo of Bruce Springsteen (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Bruce Springsteen (Photo by Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Bruce Springsteen (Photo by Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American musician Bruce Springsteen plays at the Trenton War Memorial, Trenton, New Jersey, November 1974. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images)
American musician Bruce Springsteen plays at the Trenton War Memorial, Trenton, New Jersey, November 1974. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images)
Singer Bruce Springsteen walking down Sunset Strip with his hands in the pockets of his leather jacket, 1975. He is in Los Angeles to promote his album Born To Run. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Bruce Springsteen taking a break from the soundcheck at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Tom Hill/WireImage)
Bruce Springsteen is seen in concert in New York's Madison Square Garden, Aug. 21, 1978. (AP Photo/Jim Pozarik)
American musician Bruce Springsteen plays at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 26, 1978. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images)
Rock and roll musician Bruce Springsteen sings at New York's Madison Square Garden during a concert sponsored by Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), Friday night, Sept. 22, 1979. Proceeds from the benefit are to support development of energy sources other than nuclear power. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1983: Bruce Springsteen circa 1983 in New York City. (Photo by Laura/IMAGES/Getty Images)
American rock singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen stands onstage, holding an electric guitar at his side during a concert, 1980s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
**FILE PHOTO**LANDOVER, MD - AUG. 25: Opening night of Bruce Springsteen's four sold-out concerts at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD on Aug. 25, 1984. (Photo by Lucian Perkins/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Bruce Springsteen, circa 1984 (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
10/02/1985: Bruce Springsteen performs during the last show of the 1985 'Born in the U.S.A. Tour'. (Photo by Bob Riha Jr/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1984: Bruce Springsteen circa 1984 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images)
Bruce Springsteen performing at the CNE Stadium in Toronto, Canada on July 24, 1984. (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
American Bruce Springsteen performs, on June 29, 1985 in La Courneuve, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO MICHEL GANGNE (Photo credit should read MICHEL GANGNE/AFP/Getty Images)
Rock Star Bruce Springsteen makes an all-out effort during live performance at Ullevi Soccer Stadium in Gothenburg, on Saturday evening, June 9, 1985 where some 64,000 fans enjoyed his music. (AP Photo/Peter Claesson)
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Sting, left and Bruce Springsteen meet the press at their arrival to Barcelona's airport, Sept 9. 1988. They will sing tomorrow at the Nou Camp Stadium in front of almost 90,000 persons in the concert "Human Rights Now!" organized by Amnesty International. (AP Photo/Amilcar De Leon)
American Bruce Springsteen performs, on October 10, 1988 during an Amnesty International concert Abidjan. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Rock music superstars Sting (L) and Bruce Springsteen perform together, on September 19, 1988 during the finale of the first US leg of the Amnesty International concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. The world wide tour is trying to bring attention to human rights abuses throughoutthe world. AFP PHOTO LUKE FRAZZA (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Bruce Springsteen holds his Oscar for Best Original Song for "Philadelphia", March 21, 1994 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 1: Singer Bruce Springsteen holds his four Grammy awards 01 March 1995 for Song of the Year, Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Song Written specifically for a Motion Picture or Tv for his song 'Streets of Philadelphia.' (COLOR KEY: Awards are gold) (Photo credit should read DAN GROSHONG/AFP/Getty Images)
Bob Dylan is joined by Bruce Springsteen, right, during Dylan's set for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame benefit concert Saturday night, Sept. 2, 1995, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bruce Springsteen is shown in the undated photo released Monday, Oct. 16, 1995. (AP Photo/Pam Springsteen/ho)
ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 26--Bruce Springsteen plays solo acoustic guitar during a concert at the State Theater in New Brunswick, N.J., on Nov. 21, 1995, the release day for his new album, "The Ghost of Tom Joad." Springsteen performed selections from the album before an audience of 1,800 to benefit World Hunger Year.(AP Photo/Mike Derer)
Bruce Springsteen smiles outside the Royal Courts of Justice London Thursday, December 10, 1998, after winning a legal battle against the British company, Masquerade Music. The U.S. rock star took legal action against the company, which was trying to release an album of songs he wrote and recorded 26 years ago. (AP Photo/Danielle Smith)
Bruce Springsteen joins Jakob Dylan of the band "The Wallflowers" on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997. (AP Photo/Adam Nadel)
US rock star Bruce Springsteen performs on stage in the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, April 26, 1999, in front of about 12,000 spectators. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Anita Maggi)
Bruce Springsteen performs with E Street band at the MCI Center in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002. Springsteen performed songs from his new album "The Rising," which reunites the 52-year-old with the E Street Band and focuses on Sept. 11 and its aftermath. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Bruce Springsteen, left, sings with Little Steven at the Museum of Natural History in New York, Thursday, August 29, 2002. Springsteen and his E Street band opened the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards show and continued to play for about 90 minutes for the crowd at the museum. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
Bruce Springsteen, left, sings with Steven Van Zandt as they open the first of 10 sold-out shows Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Bruce Springsteen greet the crowd at a rally at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami, Fla. Friday, Oct. 29, 2004. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Bruce Springsteen performs at a rally for Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
** FILE ** Bruce Springsteen performs at a campaign rally for Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in a Cleveland file photo from Nov. 1, 2004. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
Bruce Springsteen performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Sunday, April 30, 2006. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Bruce Springsteen, left, performs with his band on the NBC "Today" television program in New York's Rockefeller Center, Friday Sept. 28, 2007. Other band members are Steven Van Zandt and Patti Scialfa, Springsteen's wife. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
** FILE ** This is a Sept. 28, 2007 file photo of Bruce Springsteen on the NBC "Today" television program in New York's Rockefeller Center, Springsteen of Freehold, N.J., is among 15 famous New Jerseyans selected as the first inductees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)
Bruce Springsteen performs in a concert Sunday night, July 27, 2008, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Bruce Springsteen performs to tens of thousands of people at a free outdoor concert in support of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and in a push for voter registration, in downtown Philadelphia Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
Before the arrival of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his wife Michelle, Bruce Springsteen performs at an outdoor rally in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Mickey Rourke, left, poses with the actor drama award for âThe Wrestlerâ with Bruce Springsteen and his award for music and lyrics from the film backstage at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Bruce Springsteen, center, performs during the halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
** FILE ** In this Feb. 1, 2009 file photo, Bruce Springsteen, left, and Steven Van Zandt, of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, perform at halftime at the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, file)
US rock star Bruce Springsteen performs on stage at the Stade de Suisse stadium in Berne, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Klaunzer)
Bruce Springsteen surfs the crowd while performing with the E Street Band, Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Kennedy Center honorees Bruce Springsteen, right, Robert De Niro sit in the East Room of the White House in Washington Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Bruce Springsteen performs at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Bruce Springsteen, left, performs with Steven Van Zandt during their Wrecking Ball tour at TD Garden in Boston, Monday, March 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Bruce Springsteen performs at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Bruce Springsteen and drummer Max Weinberg perform at the Rogers Centre on Friday, August 24, 2012, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
President Barack Obama, accompanied by singer Bruce Springsteen, waves as he arrive at a campaign event near the State Capitol Building in Madison, Wis., Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Honoree Bruce Springsteen is seen at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday Feb. 8, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Bruce Springsteen performs among fans during the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. The week long festival will feature a list of headliners including Muse, Justin Timberlake, Metallica, Bon Jovi, and Bruce Springsteen. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Bruce Springsteen performs during the USC Shoah Foundationâs 20th anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity gala in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Bruce Springsteen and U2 perform during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert In Times Square on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Bruce Springsteen performs at the 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes event, presented by the New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Bruce Springsteen, center, performs with Patti Scialfa, right, and Stevie Van Zandt and the rest of the East Street Band in the first stop of his River Tour 16 concert on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Bruce Springsteen Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on November 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band perform in concert, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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It was a special moment for Michiganders that followed a more poignant one earlier in the show. After saluting the work of the local Gleaners Community Food Bank, Springsteen warned the Palace crowd that Michigan was considering LGBT-discriminating legislation "similar to the ones that forced us to cancel our show in North Carolina" on April 10 in Greensboro.

"We hope the bill doesn't pass, 'cause we love playing in Michigan," Springsteen added. "So keep your heads up." He and the band that launched into "Born in the USA."

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Bob Seger play The PalacePhoto by Terri Schell

Springsteen did not make any reference to the the Greensboro cancelation LGBT issues during his previous show on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

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Michigan Sen. Tom Casperson has announced he's planning to introduce a bill similar to North Carolina's controversial Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act that restricts restroom use to the gender specified on one's birth certificate. The proposed Casperson bill would permit transgender school students to use staff or single-occupancy unisex bathrooms -- but only with the consent of their parents.

Ringo Starr has joined Springsteen in protesting the North Carolina law, canceling his June 18 All-Star Band show in Cary. Gregg Allman and Jimmy Buffett have gone ahead with their scheduled concerts in the state this month but both made statements criticizing the law.

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In this photo taken Thursday, May 12, 2016, signage is seen outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. North Carolina is in a legal battle over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate. The ADA-compliant bathroom signs were designed by artist Peregrine Honig. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Opponents of House Bill 2 protest across the street from the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 11, 2016 during a rally in support of the law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A police officer confronts a lady holding a sign at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 11, 2016, during a rally in support of a law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
DURHAM, NC - MAY 10: The 'We Are Not This' slogan is posted at the entrances to Bull McCabes Irish Pub on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
Supporters gather at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 11, 2016, in support of House Bill 2, a law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Opponents of House Bill 2 protest across the street from the State Capitol Building in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 11, 2016 during a rally in support of the law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Two protesters hold up signs against passage of legislation in North Carolina, which limits the bathroom options for transgender people, during a rally in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 31, 2016. The rally drew around 100 people at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. (AP Photos/Skip Foreman)
Demonstrators protesting passage of legislation limiting bathroom access for transgender people stand in front of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 31, 2016. Approximately 100 people gathered for the rally, many chanting and carrying signs. (AP Photos/Skip Foreman)
FILE - In this March 30, 2016 file photo, Human Rights Campaign Executive Director Chad Griffin, center, speaks at a news conference at the old state Capitol Building in Raleigh, N.C. Griffin was among several LGBT leaders who headed to the state to join in protests and plot strategy for trying to overturn a new law limiting bathroom options for transgender people. Stung by setbacks related to their access to public restrooms, transgender Americans are taking steps to play a more prominent and vocal role in a nationwide campaign to curtail discrimination against them. (AP Photo/Gary Robertson, File)
People protest outside the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 24, 2016. North Carolina legislators decided to rein in local governments by approving a bill Wednesday that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory later signed the legislation, which dealt a blow to the LGBT movement after success with protections in cities across the country. (AP Photo/Emery P. Dalesio)
People protest outside the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 24, 2016. North Carolina legislators decided to rein in local governments by approving a bill Wednesday that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory later signed the legislation, which dealt a blow to the LGBT movement after success with protections in cities across the country. (AP Photo/Emery P. Dalesio)
North Carolina lawmakers gather on the House floor for a special session Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. to consider stopping a new Charlotte ordinance set to take effect April 1 that gives protections to transgender people to use the restroom of their gender identity. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
This March 10, 2015 photo shows a PayPal sign outside of the main entrance to an office building in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Elaine Martin, right, listens as Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, speaks during a press conference to announce filing of federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's HB 2 law at the LGBT Center of Raleigh on Monday, March 28, 2016. Several different advocacy groups and some of the lead plaintiffs spoke at the event. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
Joaquin Carcano, center, the lead plaintiff in the case, speaks during a press conference to announce filing of federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's HB 2 law at the LGBT Center of Raleigh on Monday, March 28, 2016. Several different advocacy groups and some of the lead plaintiffs spoke at the event. Joaquin was born a woman and is now a man. Simone Bell with Lambda Law is at left; Chris Brook with the ACLU is at right. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
TO GO AFP STORY BY BRIGITTE DUSSEAU - Transgender delegates Jamie Shier (L) and Janice Covington pose for photographs at the Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 4, 2012. The Democratic National Convention Committee announced Wednesday that US President Barack Obama would move his acceptance speech from the outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the indoor Time Warner Cable Arena due to predictions of thunderstorms. AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read BRIGITTE DUSSEAU/AFP/GettyImages)
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