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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 06:14 PM
Let me preface them by stating that we live not too far from where Springsteen lives.

Yesterday, we hosted a Super Bowl party for some old high school friends so, of course, at one point, the conversation became centered on "The Boss".

One of the wives works at a Doctors' office, and one of the doctors has kids that attends the same school that Spingsteen's and Bon Jovi's kids attend. He told her that, occasionally, Bruce and Jon would come to the school to pick up their kids. He said that Bruce would always get out of his car and wait by the door for his kid to come out. Of course, he would always be mobbed by well-wishers and autograph seekers. He always took the time to shake hands and sign autographs.
Bon Jovi, on the other hand, would always stay in his car to wait for his kid.

Bon Jovi attended the same high school that we all did (although, many years after us). He later dissed the school, saying that most graduates either went to work in factories or went to our local county community college.

Back to Bruce: When we bought our house in 2005, it needed some septic system work done (new leach field). We ended up hiring the same contractor that installed the septic system at Bruce's new home. He told us that Bruce would show up at the site, at the end of the workday, with cases of beer. He'd sit and "shoot the **** " with them over a few beers.

[Edited on 2/2/2009 by crazy_fingers]

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 06:18 PM
Bruce sounds like a more Down-to-Earth guy than Bon Jovi. And WAY more talented.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 06:19 PM
Cool stories of the Bruce.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 06:25 PM
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Let me preface them by stating that we live not too far from where Springsteen lives.

Yesterday, we hosted a Super Bowl party for some old high school friends so, of course, at one point, the conversation became centered on "The Boss".

One of the wives works at a Doctors' office, and one of the doctors has kids that attends the same school that Spingsteen's and Bon Jovi's kids attend. He told her that, occasionally, Bruce and Jon would come to the school to pick up their kids. He said that Bruce would always get out of his car and wait by the door for his kid to come out. Of course, he would always be mobbed by well-wishers and autograph seekers. He always took the time to shake hands and sign autographs.
Bon Jovi, on the other hand, would always stay in his car to wait for his kid.

Bon Jovi attended the same high school that we all did (although, many years after us). He later dissed the school, saying that most graduates either went to work in factories or went to our local county community college.

Back to Bruce: When we bought our house in 2005, it needed some septic system work done (new leach field). We ended up hiring the same contractor that installed the septic system at Bruce's new home. He told us that Bruce would show up at the site, at the end of the workday, with cases of beer. He'd sit and "shoot the **** " with them over a few beers.

[Edited on 2/2/2009 by crazy_fingers]


Interesting. I always knew Bruce was a regular guy,but I thought Bon Jovi was too. He has always modeled himself after Bruce and always seemed like a pretty good guy. Maybe he is.

I have been a Boss fan since '74 (almost as long as the ABB) and have seen him many times and always wanted to shake his hand. I got my chance when he played the Charlotte Coliseum (since demolished) in '05 during the Devils and Dust Tour. With 4 songs left in the set security let eveyone run down into the pit in front of the stage (I felt sorry for people in the front row) and I watched him from about 10 feet away. At the end he started walking from one end of the stage to the other shaking hands...I figured this is it-I'll never get another chance. So I pushed my way to the front of the stage. He walked past me and then caught my eye and came back and grabbed my hand and gave me a big smile. The only person that ever gave me a stronger handshake was Warren Haynes.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 06:37 PM
I have heard from people who have met Bruce that he was a cool guy. He has never forgotten his roots, although he has megabucks as indicated by the number of albums sold and ticket prices. Although he is reasonable compared to some other rockers from his era who charge outrageous prices. I have actually met Little Steven and he is also a really nice guy.
 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 06:44 PM
There was a story about Bruce when he was on tour in Denver in the '70s and he went to see a movie. A kid asked him if he was Bruce. He said yeah so the kid asked if he could take him home to meet his parents because they would never believe him. So the Boss went home to this kid's house and met his folks and hung out eating like, Apple Pie with them or something.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 07:06 PM
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I have heard from people who have met Bruce that he was a cool guy. He has never forgotten his roots, although he has megabucks as indicated by the number of albums sold and ticket prices. Although he is reasonable compared to some other rockers from his era who charge outrageous prices. I have actually met Little Steven and he is also a really nice guy.


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He signed a note "good luck, best wishes" to me & my now ex-wife.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 08:05 PM
My friend Lisa works out with Bruce at a gym in Long Branch. She says he is always with a trainer/bodyguard, but that he is totally nice to everyone. But generally, people around these parts are cool enough to leave him to his business, and that's why he feels comfortable enough to stay here. He doesn't feel he has to super-insulate himself from the public here, where he's basically just another uber-wealthy guy from Monmouth County. They're everywhere around here.

I've never had a personal Bruce encounter, but I was at a pub in my town (Red Bank) a couple years ago to see Bobby Bandiera, a shore-based musician who's in tight with all the local big boys (Bruce, Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny). John (not Jon) showed up with a couple people to support Bobby. He must have gotten there early, and his presence went relatively unnoticed for quite a while; he and his peeps sat at an out-of-the-way table against the wall. Unfortunately, once folks started to realize who was in the house, he began to get mobbed with autograph seekers and the like, so he had to split.

Another time, at another venue, Bobby was again onstage. I noticed this guy across the bar who had amazing rock & roll hair, and I was going to walk right up to him and tell him (I'm ballsy like that), but my girlfriend at the bar with me talked me out of it. I was later chatting with Bobby's bass player, and he said, "Hey, did you notice that Richie Sambora was here earlier?" THAT was the guy with the great hair! I never had a moment to talk to him, but the funny thing was, I didn't recognize him as Richie. Neither had my friend. I wonder if he would have been amused or offended had I gone up to him and not acknowledged him, just his hair?

Anyway, that's life here at the Jersey Shore. You just never know who you're gonna bump into.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 08:33 PM
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Interesting. I always knew Bruce was a regular guy,but I thought Bon Jovi was too. He has always modeled himself after Bruce and always seemed like a pretty good guy. Maybe he is.

I have been a Boss fan since '74 (almost as long as the ABB) and have seen him many times and always wanted to shake his hand. I got my chance when he played the Charlotte Coliseum (since demolished) in '05 during the Devils and Dust Tour. With 4 songs left in the set security let eveyone run down into the pit in front of the stage (I felt sorry for people in the front row) and I watched him from about 10 feet away. At the end he started walking from one end of the stage to the other shaking hands...I figured this is it-I'll never get another chance. So I pushed my way to the front of the stage. He walked past me and then caught my eye and came back and grabbed my hand and gave me a big smile. The only person that ever gave me a stronger handshake was Warren Haynes.


During the D&D tour my friend got us 2nd row tix for the Hartford Civic Center. At the same point of the show, we headed for the stage, but being mid-row, it was tough to get to the aisle to get up front. But my friend got a handshake - I'm forever jealous!

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 08:49 PM
I had the honor to hang out with Bruce back in 1989 at a Shore Bar in NJ ("The Headliner"). Me and my bud spoke to him for awhile.He was very cool--- he passed his hat around the bar and everyone donated a few bills, that he used it to buy some tequilla (with no chasers in sight).... then he got up and played 4 songs with the band that was playing (The Fabulous Greaseband)--he played "Long Tall Sally", "Under the Boardwalk","Sweet Little Sixteen" and ended with "Glory Days". I remember it like it was yesterday.---They closed the doors to the club after he walked in so we're only talking about 100 people at the bar --- oh yeah, Darryl Dawkins (the NBA player who used to break all those backboards) was also there......What a night.

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