I see Bruce Springsteen every chance I get, that’s why I just registered for the lottery to buy tickets for his one-man-show. Bruce is embarking on a 5 night a week, 8 week run at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in New York City beginning October 12th (previews start October 3).
This show is going to be SO intimate! Bruce told Rolling Stone magazine that he chose this spot for that very reason:
“I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind,” Springsteen said in a statement. “In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theater is probably the smallest venue I’ve played in the last 40 years.”
These shows on Broadway are going to be really special, just Bruce, his life stories and songs played on his acoustic guitar. He’ll be weaving excerpts from his book, ‘Born To Run’, with his music. This is what Bruce does best. You can hear a pin drop amongst thousands of fans when Bruce tells a story.
‘Born To Run’ is coming out in paperback soon.
This show will be reminiscent to the time he came through Ottawa for ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad‘ one-man-show, a night I’ll never forget, mainly for his performance but also for what he did when the power went out at the CTC.
Imagine it…..pitch black and Bruce starts to laugh. Nobody panicked or even said a word. All we heard was Bruce’s voice in the total darkness until the back up generator finally kicked in and he resumed the show without skipping a beat.
Bruce on Broadway will feel like he dropped in for a chat and is playing your living room. Nightly tickets will be the hottest ticket in town. Register here for your chance to buy. Here’s hoping I get the call! The 1st preview is even on my birthday…ok, fingers & toes crossed. I’m turning into a pretzel.
I know, I get a little extreme (oxymoron?) when it comes to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. I was 13 when I bought ‘Greetings From Ashbury Park’. They were touring ‘The River‘ the first time I saw them play live. That was January 20, 1981 and it made me a forever fan. It’s about joy. When you experience a Springsteen show, you can’t help but feel joy, happiness, on your feet dancing like a fool happiness that carries you home after the show with cheeks that hurt from smiling and singing.
I found the set list from that night. They played ‘Jungleland’ in the encore which became a favourite. I was in grade 10 at the time and never would have imagined that years later I would interview sax player Clarence Clemons and we spoke in detail about his solo in ‘Jungleland’ and somehow in that moment my life became complete.
I’ve read ‘Born To Run’ and Bruce shares stories of his 40 year friend and bandmate Clarence and how devastating it was to lose him a few years ago. I’m sure he’ll share some love for the ‘Big Man’ in his Broadway show.
(Hear his wicked solo at the 4:25 mark)