I can remember the first time I heard Bruce, it was 1980, my 8 year old sister came home from my family's antique store on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, she was screaming that my uncle Danny gave her a tape and told her to play it for me.
My sis threw the cassette into our family's panasonic stereo, which literally was the size of a Ford Pinto and you had to hold the tape down while it was playing or it would keep popping up.
"Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" began blaring through those 50 watt speakers and I was hooked. My Billy Joel "Glass Houses" album got tossed into the bottom drawer of my desk and I began listening to song after song by this artist my uncle kept calling "the boss".
I couldn't understand half the words he was singing, but the music rocked and had an energy that evoked emotions from the depths of your soul, it was honest and man it was real!!!
I still got that darn thing wrong, only to find out five years later that the lyric is not, will you walk with me out on the water, it's the wireman, THE WIRE!!!
I remember sitting with my ear almost against the speaker holding a yellow steno notebook and a pen while attempting to write down each word to "Born To Run", I yearned to sing that song. It took me almost two hours playing and rewinding that tape trying to decipher exactly what Bruce was saying and I still got that darn thing wrong, only to find out five years later that the lyric is not, "will you walk with me out on the water", it's "the wire" man, "THE WIRE"!!
Anyway, it's been 35 years for me burnin' down this road, I may not be the oldest Springsteen fan and unfortunately no, I can't remember seeing Bruce with Steel Mill or even the Bottom Line shows, I was simply too young.
However, I have been granted the ability to amass a collection of Bruce artifacts that will truly surpass almost any museum out there and it is with the greatest humility that I wish to share this collection and knowledge with Bruce fans across the world.