I’d like to tell you the story of Kathy, a dedicated fellow fan 🙂
“It was in Coventry, and while queueing I thought I would create my sign. First I did want to request “Incident on 57th Street”, but I was paranoid getting the street number wrong (of all things!), so I opted for a simple “Play Anything”.
I used the other side of the sign as an opportunity to get on stage for Dancing in the Dark…. I mean who doesn’t want to be part of that?!
However I am a terrible dancer, I really hate dancing, the thought of dancing in front of so many people scared me! So I thought I’d ask to play guitar instead, something which I am better at than dancing (Doesn’t take much!), and so the other side of my sign simply read “I’d look good playing your guitar” – I had a few remarks from people around me in the queue, “Is that a rare B-Side” as they laughed to themselves.
After about 8 hours of waiting, and then getting into the stadium to some nice torrential rain, as usual! the concert started and out came Bruce, opening with a beautiful acoustic Ghost of Tom Joad.After a couple of songs he starts scanning the crowd for a couple of requests, spots my “Play Anything” and heads straight over the grab it. Holding it up to Stevie, they chose to play Two Hearts, great! I thought, that was pretty cool, I wouldn’t have the chance to use the other side of my sign now, but hey, I got a song played!
After a couple more request, Bruce starts talking to the crowd about how he likes creative signs, picks mine back up and start talking about how the play anything was one of his favourites, before turning it over and reading “I’d look good playing your guitar” turned right too me, looked me in the eye and said “I bet you would, we may find out later”
(at which point I got a bit over excited before removing the cap I’d been wearing all day… I didn’t like the thought of having hat hair if I was going on stage! I know, I know… girls!!!)
After a few hours ( It’s Springsteen concert after all!) the opening chords of Dancing in the Dark start… This is it I thought and Bruce started getting some people on stage to dance… 1, then 2 and then 3…. I really was beginning to think he may have forgotten me! But then at the end of the dance he legged it to the back of the stage and there was my sign again “I’d look good playing your guitar”
Up on stage I went! I don’t really remember too much about it…. I remember How heavy the guitar was…. I remember picking a power chord and just going for it… I remember looking to my right and thinking, thats Bruce Springsteen.. right there next to me.. Bruce Springsteen…… I remember looking up once at the crowd and thinking thats a lot of people… I’ll just look at Bruce instead.
I made sure I didn’t miss my cue to sing on the mic (I’d made note at the Glasgow concert) and I kept going when everyone else had stopped (sorry Jake!)….. I gave Bruce my business card before I went of stage (I have my own graphic design business) I never used to answer no caller ID on my phone…. But since that day I have, just in case!”