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Hey, Springsteen & Fans: Father & 8 year old Son need tickets to tonight’s LA show!

April 27, 2012

In 1981, my husband went to his first Bruce Springsteen show at the LA Sports Arena for The River.

In April 1987, a friend took this photo of him and The Boss after the Tunnel of Love show at the LA Sports Arena.

On April 16, 2009, after a 20 year quest, Bruce signed the photo after the Working on a Dream show at the LA Sports Arena.

During the past 32 years, Marsh has been to countless shows, well over 100,  including last night’s in LA. He came home late, exhausted, still moved by the tribute to Clarence Clemons, hoarse from singing, feet hurting from his black converse All-Stars. Like Bruce, my husband is now in the “AARP” demographic and long, late nights pose a different set of challenges than they once did.

Last night he brought his coaching buddy to his first show. Marsh and Scott have coached several seasons of soccer and are into their second season of coaching Little League. Scott wanted to hear “Hungry Heart” and other tunes from back in the day; Marsh bet him $1000 Bruce wouldn’t play that song. Scott was incredulous, but after the show he remarked that he didn’t even miss it because Bruce has such an amazing selection of songs to choose from.

Tonight my husband’s returning to the LA Sports Arena, home to so many amazing memories, and he’s bringing our 8 year old red-headed son to see his first Bruce Springsteen show. I am not sure who is more excited–the boy or his dad.

Problem is, they don’t have tickets. They’re going to go down there anyway, as soon as school gets out, and they’ll wait at the Box Office, “Working on A Dream” and singing songs from “Wrecking Ball” which they both have memorized after playing it almost continuously since its March release. Read Ron Wells thoughtful and thorough review of Wrecking Ball here.

If you can help them out with tickets, I am sure you will recognize them! Marsh is planning to wear his t-shirt from the 1990 Chrystic Institute t-shirt. He’ll be the one standing around with other long time fans like Christine and Ron Wells, sharing stories, and waiting for the magic ticket drop that will get them into one more show.

Will these shows make his Top 10 list of all-time best Bruce Springsteen shows? We’ll see!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2012 11:27 pm

    Hope they get tickets – cool just to be there. Taking my daughter to see Yes this summer. I met some guys back in like 89 or so from Sweden, or maybe Norway, who came to the States, bought an old used car – like an Olds 88 or something and drove the thing cross country to see multiple Springsteen shows and slices of Americana.

  2. April 28, 2012 6:40 am

    Thanks! yes, they did get in! great story about the Bruce fans, thanks for sharing


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