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Bruce Springsteen goes ‘Gangnam Style’ in Anaheim

Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt during their Anaheim show.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

One of the aspects of a Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band show that’s become ritualized over the years is when he reaches into the audience to pull a fan onstage to reprise a moment in the music video for “Dancing in the Dark,” which originally was handled by then little-known actress Courteney Cox.

On Tuesday in Anaheim, that moment took a whimsical turn when Springsteen hoisted up a young girl of maybe 12 to join him near the end of the song.

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Instead of the ‘80s version of the Jerk dance moves that the Boss showed off with Cox nearly a quarter-century ago, Springsteen’s young partner launched into the dance of the year, Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” now the most-viewed video in the history of YouTube.

Demonstrating that he keeps up not only with politics but with flash-mob choreography, Springsteen joined her, flashing the Korean pop sensation’s signature side kick and mimed horesback riding gestures, to the delight of the crowd at the Honda Center.

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It wasn’t the first time he’s tipped his hat to Psy — he also tossed off some “Gangnam Style” moves at his tour stop in Charlottesville, N.C., in October, visible in a crude YouTube phone video here.

Hmm -- this could provide inspiration for Psy’s follow up. “Boss Style,” anyone?

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