On Monday Oct 3rd Bruce Springsteen made a special appearance at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Los Angeles to celebrate the release of his autobiography Born To Run. Fans were able to get the pre-signed book and get a moment with Bruce. (We knew in advance it would be 10 to 15 seconds with Bruce)
The event was at The Grove in LA. The line started on Saturday Oct 1st, 2 days before! My girlfriend and I arrived on Sunday night at 10pm, at that point we were about number 800 in line. (Only about 1200 were going to get in.) We waited in line all night and day for about 15 hours!
The big question was what to say in your moment with Bruce. Since 1980 I have seen Bruce in concert about 18 times. I knew it was going to be a short time to make an impression. So my goal was to really try to have his full attention in that moment without overstepping the boundaries of what was expected.
When my turn finally came, I opened my arms wide and said:
Bruce! We finally meet!
Then I grabbed his hand, looked him right in the eye and said:
Here we go!
Then he leaned in to the camera and gave me a good smile.
Then I said:
You’re the best, man, really the best.
He said thanks.
For that moment we were bros.
So I think it all worked out pretty good.