We had an absolutely amazing weekend and attended both of the Boss's concerts. Our accommodation was a bit disappointing. It was not what we had anticipated and the fridge froze everything, but it met its purpose and didn't detract from an amazing weekend. Oh, did I say amazing? ... oh, I did.
We arrived Friday morning to discover a pit queue was forming for the first show. For those who don't know, it is a system whereby if you have front section tickets you register and are given a number and to retain your number you have to turn up to the venue at certain allotted times for a roll call. If you do that, you get to go ahead of the rest of the front section on the night which guarantees you a good spot. We were fortunate that there were only two roll calls Friday evening to attend.
The next roll calls were 8am and 1pm Saturday, at which point were were told to stay at the venue for the duration. It was wonderful waiting it out with other fans and meeting people who shared the same passion from all over the world. Kind of like blogland really :) The weather was superb and there was plenty of food and drink etc. Finally were were let into the stadium and Rick and I ended up right up front, on the rail. It was interesting to watch the final preparations going on on stage, including the stage being vacuumed!
Bruce finally appeared on stage on his own with his signature guitar and harmonica and opened the show with his version of Royals from our own latest Kiwi sensation Lorde. Then it was time for the E Street Nation to join him on stage.
During one song he came down to where were were and sat on the rail between Rick and I then proceeded to lean right back until he was practically lying on top of us. I got to touch the Boss!! Um ... no Willie, that is not a euphemism for something else! LoL. It was a fantastic show and Bruce and the band ran through the whole of the Born In The USA album during the show. There was definitely magic in the night. (Yes, that is a song lyric :)
We could barely move to walk out of the stadium and people kept coming up to me on the way out saying they had seen me on screen and congratulating me on my moment.
We decided not to enter the pit queue for the second show as the previous day had been exhausting attending all the roll calls etc and we knew we would never make an 8am roll call after the previous night! Instead we started the day in the leisurely manner. We had a lovely brunch in town and headed to the venue much later.
This time we opted for the back of the front section. Although not close to the action this time it was great as the screens were brilliant and we had a different perspective on the sound from further back. Bruce gave us a different set list and this time ran through the entire Born To Run album. I think between both nights both Rick and I heard most of our favourites.
It was a wonderful weekend and I am so happy that I was at Rick's side to witness his dream come true. It far exceeded our expectations.
As for the anxieties I had before the event which I shared in my previous post, I am glad to say they didn't become much of an issue. Rick was so understanding and patient about my concerns and did everything he could to ease my mind and ensure my comfort. Even though he was there to see his idol and that was his main focus, he still put me first. Have I mentioned before how much I love him? :)
The photos below are taken from Bruce Springsteen.net and yes, we are in the first one :) The girl with Bruce is a lucky audience member who was definitely not shy to sing into the microphone and was taken up to the main stage by Bruce and Stevie to continue the song
I have yet to catch up with blogland and everyone's posts from much of last week and hope you will forgive me. I will more than likely continue to be awol for a little longer.
I am also currently reading and thoroughly enjoying Milestones, an anthology of 7 different DD stories written by 7 wonderfully talented authors. I hope to publish my review of this book shortly but I definitely recommend you add this to you reading lists!