Earlier this year, personal trainer Tony Strollo died unexpectedly at the age of forty, leaving behind a wife and two children. To honor his life and raise money for his family, his friends decided to throw a benefit concert at a small club near his personal training business in New Jersey. More than two hundred buddies, family members and local musicians turned up last night, including one that shocked the entire crowd.

A few years back, Strollo worked with Bruce Springsteen to get him ready for an upcoming tour. When the Boss heard about his unexpected death, he decided to drop in and do his part for the local man who’d once helped him. According to The Asbury Park Press, The Boss played six songs much to the delight of the crowd.

Over the course of his career, Springsteen has sold more than one hundred and fifty million albums. He’s been featured on the covers of numerous magazines and won a slew of awards for his work. Through it all however, he’s continued to stay in touch with the local community. Last year, I wrote about how he still meets with the high school buddy that inspired “Glory Days” every few years to reminisce and shoot the shit. That same mentality that keeps bringing him back no doubt played a role in his impromptu concert last night.

Pop Blend’s thoughts go out to Strollo’s family.

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