Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen!
He just keeps getting better with age. Who remembers Bruce from those early days when he was hopping on top of amps at a frenetic pace and playing three plus hour shows? Well, he still plays three plus hour shows. And he still moves around quite a bit on that stage. And he’s written a book, performed on Broadway, scored a movie, put out a solo album which he also turned into a movie ALL IN THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. He’s got a wonderful wife, Patti Scialfa, who also happens to be his E Street bandmate, three kids who are making their own impact on their communities and the world, and a band that would walk through fire for him. And it’s a milestone birthday for him today. So, Happy Birthday Bruce! We’re celebrating with Bruce tunes every hour and also on Andre’s 3 for 3. What do you wanna hear?
I’ve been to more Springsteen concerts than any other artist. I’d have to say close to 50 times. One of my favorite shows was the Devils and Dust tour at The Tower. AND! who remembers the 6 nights of Bruce 20 years ago in 1999? Five shows at the (then) First Union Center and a birthday show at The Spectrum. I was at all six. How about YOU? And what are YOUR favorite Bruce show memories?
The picture of Bruce and me is from 1978 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in 1978 on the Darkness of the Edge of Town tour. Although he was subdued backstage (I wasn’t! hahaha), his performance was ELECTRIC. Also pictured: Neal Mirsky who was my boss at the time at 98 Rock in Tampa, a photo bomber from a local Tampa band, my ex-husband Brock Whaley, and my favorite red hat. Wonder what happened to it….