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TELL US: What Is Your Best Springsteen Concert Memory?

The Wrecking Ball Tour’s last Jersey dates are this weekend. Share your favorite memories of the Boss.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street will make their last Wrecking Ball Tour stop in New Jersey this weekend with performances at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Freehold knows Bruce better than most, and we bet you’ve got some great stories to share. Let us know about your favorite Springsteen concert. What was happening in your life at the time? What made it so special?

And if you have any photos of you and your family and friends at the Wrecking Ball Tour, upload them to this article.

Jacklyn Corley (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I remember my first Springsteen concert - the E Street Band Reunion Tour in '99. Couldn't believe all the energy Bruce could bring to the stage. A Freehold boy took me. I remember there was a massive walk from the Continental Airlines Arena to the parking area because of some Meadowlands construction project or another. I didn't mind the walk too much, though. I was 17 and in love for the first time. Magical concert.
Matthew Milius September 17, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I will be attending my 148th Bruce show this week. I've had many magical moments but I have to say recently in Albany I had a seat on the side of the stage in the front row and during "Waiting On A Sunny Day" I got a point from Bruce and he shouted "Hey Matt!" Its all on You tube. He knows my name because Ive worked at his home many times with my horse and carriage. Second favorite moment ever: I won tickets from Backstreets Magazine to be in a smal audience of 59 people as Bruce and The E. Street Band filmed some songs that were later aired on TV and sold on DVD featuring songs from "The Promise". During "Talk TO Me" I got to hold Bruce's Mic while the E. Street Band played on and I got to sing a line. Unfortunately that song never made the final edit . THey only aired 5 or the 12 or so songs from the show.
Karen Hicks September 17, 2012 at 07:59 PM
My first Bruce concert was back in April of this year during the wrecking ball tour it was a great concert I have always like Bruce's music but as thing have changed and I listened to the new cd it hits home about our world now and what Bruce says at his concerts mean the most. I also just went and saw him on Friday 9/14/2012 at nationals park that was another moving concert and I hope as long as Bruce is putting out new music and he keeps on touring I will keep going to see him over and over again it's worth it
Cheryle Wilson September 17, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I have been following Bruce's music since I was 17, when a Jersey boy introduced me to Greetings album at college in CA. I brought the Born to Run album (yes, it was still vinyl) with me to Germany, Switzerland and Austria where I lived for nearly 5 years working and studying (Europe was at least 5 years behind the curve back then, so no one had yet heard of Springsteen). My daughter had asked to be allowed to attend a concert for her 11th birthday and chose Usher. The show was cancelled, so my daughter didn't get her first concert until this year, at age 13, and it was the Springsteen concert on September 2nd in Philly. We ended up in the front row, were able to hear 4 songs from the warm-up and even got to hold Springsteen's hand briefly as he walked by. My daughter was so impressed that she told me she wanted me to be her business manager when she starts her business (not sure which business that will be yet) because, as she said "you make things happen, mom". Thank you Bruce!
Dave Kapulsky September 17, 2012 at 09:45 PM
My brother Abe was getting married on September 10, 1978 and I was his best man. Well at least I was named his best man although I was nowhere around to do anything at all for my brother as I was busy traveling all over as I followed the Springsteen tour. So I had to come up with something for my brother to relieve myself of the guilt that I felt for being a bad brother. I will get my brother 2 tickets for him and his fiancee Debbie to experience the power of a Springsteen show. My plan was to catch up with Bruce and ask him to read a dedication to my brother and his fiancee at the concert. Well Bruce remembered to pull my note out of his jacket pocket and read the dedication. I thought that getting Bruce to read the dedication would be enough for me to be forgiven for my absence during a critical time of my brother's life. Bruce is about to do the next planned song on his set list, when all of a sudden he pulls out my note from his jacket pocket and announces "oh I know what we're gonna do, we're gonna do a special getting married song for Abe and Debbie." Bruce performs an old Ike & Tina Turner song "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" and actually sings my brother and his fiancee's name during the song. Wow...what a moment!! Springsteen does a wedding song for my brother and his now wife Debbie. I no longer felt guilty and still remind my brother that he owes me! Thanks Bruce for an amazing moment that I will never forget.
Lifelong HdG Resident September 18, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Always wanted to see Bruce; crappy marriage, expensive divorce, single mom kept me preoccupied. In 06, met love of my life & he's come to the BRUCE side (the right side). In 09, diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer puts things in perspective; as Bruce says "it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive" Started bucket list; seeing Bruce was at the top & still on the top. Want to see them as many times as I can; touches my heart and my soul. He get's it; he writes what so many of us feel, want, and need. So after 2 surgeries & 7 weeks of treatment, got tickets to Baltimore show. It was a Friday night & weather was mild; perfect from start to finish.They played BTR -favorite album & song-She's the One. Energy was amazing; spiritual. When the lights came on for BTR it was pure magic. Other favorites were Santa Claus is Coming to Town & Jungeland. Glad that we saw them before Clarence passed. Two Philly concerts this year (29 Mar and 2 Sep). When they played Trapped my knees went weak. Ballpark show was cool; 4th row seats/right side of the stage; these vans pull up and out they come. I was feet away from Bruce/ESB. Mouth dropped in awe. Got pretty close to him on stage; should've reached out to touch him people pushing afraid I'd drop my phone (pic or touch/should've went with a little human touch). Had Jersey Girl friend Erika with us - she moved from Jersey to Maryland; we had a blast. Hope they come back to Baltimore or Philly. Happy early Birthday Bruce.
Harmon Skurnik September 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Been seeing Bruce in concert since 1975. My favorite memory was New Year's Eve 1980, at Nassau Coliseum - this is evidently a legendary show in the annals of Brucedom and it was amazing. We had nosebleed seats but during the first encore, we started sneaking down little by little, ended up on the floor and by the time he played Rosalita, we were in the FRONT ROW, STANDING on the seats, boogying with Bruce and the E Streeters. Amazing memory!
Jacklyn Corley (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I'm loving these stories and the cool photos from Tina, Harmon and Colleen! Thanks, guys! Colleen, what was it like on stage?
Helene Zeigler October 09, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Sadly I lost 2 family members and C all in the space of 3 years. Son Zach (20) was killed by a drunk driver 5/18/08-John 5/18/11 and C 6/18/11( I KNOW). I raised 6 kids so not much time for Bruce, but after Zach I listened to Wreck on The Highway and left a comment- not like me but OK. Shortly after I received a tribute vid and it was placed on YT where it remains to this day. A year after Zach me and John got tickets all set to go to SS NY But couldnt find them day of concert I made John go anyway and they opened the box office after hearing my laments and praise for Bruce fans- In Nov we find John has lung cancer and he died same month day as Zach!But Bruce comes out with WB and this is my lp! Okay, I went to Albany very special there with debut of Janey. I wanted to go to Vernon Downs but funds had run out, and my two best buds had passed on- Bruce Funds offered but just then on FB a old friends says our com college has two free tickets! Gratitude fills my heart. Once there weeping in my scarf listening to City Of Ruins alone watching listening. After concert I go to look for scarf to no avail-doom my fav scarf gone, go to buy a pretzel for solace and gasp wallet gone! As soon as the gasp left my throat security comes up says someone turned it in! Money, credit cards there! Heart-stopping joy! Rune from Norway- summer 08 for tribute to Zach " If I should Fall Behind" Thanks Bruce funds for inspiring me to go, JCC for tickets , Bruce fans the best buds in the world!
Colleen Donovan Swenson November 05, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Total thrill.. Thank god the video is on utube so I can watch it over and over. Really felt like, " wow finally after all these years". Never did i dream it could happen. I thought being a volunteer at the superbowl halftime show with my best girlfriend from highschooll (the one I snuck out of school with to get tix for the Born in the USa tour, the one I drove to Asbury Park in the middle of the night in college with) was the highlight it just keeps getting better. Been listening and following Bruce since I was in the 7th grade. Lots of great memories 33 years later still listening and My girls are now Huuge fans. SO, to some it all up It's been alot of fun. Lots of great memories with great friends and family. NOt too mention the Bruce fans we have met along the way. Already looking forward to another tour in another couple years.


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