Bruce Springsteen made a young fan’s day last week when he signed a late note for a 9-year-old boy who knew he was going to be late for school the next day.
As the New York Postreports, Xabi Glovsky and his dad, Scott, of Claremont, California, caught The Boss at a sold-out L.A. concert Tuesday night. With Tuesday being a school night, and with Springsteen concerts not known for wrapping up early for the sake of kids who had to be at school the next day, Xabi and his dad figured the young lad would be late to school. So they brought a sign to the concert.
“Bruce, I will be late to school tomorrow. Please sign my note 🙂 “
As it turns out, Bruce Springsteen not only saw the young boy’s sign, but he took pity on the young lad’s plight. After the concert ended, Bruce had his security people bring Xabi and his dad backstage so they could chat. It was there, says Scott, that Springsteen wrote a note for Xabi’s teacher.
“Dear Ms. Jackson, Xabi has been out very late rocking & rolling. Please excuse him if he is tardy.”
Bruce Springsteen signed Xabi’s tardy note for school tomorrow. He is as genuine and gracious as you think he is! pic.twitter.com/mmTlxjFveG
— Scott Glovsky (@ScottGlovskyLaw) March 16, 2016
Scott described to his local newspaper, the Claremont Courier, what happened backstage with Springsteen that night.
“Although there were many musicians and celebrities at the concert, we were the first people to see him after the show. He asked him for the name of his teacher, and how he spelled his name. He then pulled out a piece of paper and a pen. As Xabi sat next to him on the couch, Bruce thoughtfully created this beautiful note.”
So was Xabi late for school the next day? Considering that the show ran for 3.5 hours — Bruce and his band performed 35 songs — yes, he was late for school Wednesday. According to Dad Scott, Xabi woke up at 10:45 A.M. Wednesday “with a big smile on his face.”
As Dad Scott described it, the meeting was a dream come true for both father and son.
“I have been singing Xabi to sleep with Bruce Springsteen songs since he was born. I imagine that idols rarely live up to your expectations. Bruce lived up to every expectation a 9-year-old boy could have — or a 48-year-old boy.”
As it turns out, this is not the first time Xabi has caught Bruce Springsteen’s eye. Back in 2012, Xabi was attending a Springsteen concert for his sixth birthday, holding a sign that said “Today I am six,” when The Boss noticed it. Bruce walked over toward Xabi and his dad and sang directly to the young lad for a little while.
In fact, Scott Glovsky isn’t the first dad to bring a child to a Springsteen concert and risk his kid being late for school the next day, according to MSN. In February, Patrick Pipino of Saratoga Springs, New York, wrote a tardy note for his daughter, who went to a Springsteen concert with him.
“In the interest of honesty, I feel it my obligation to be straight with all of you as to the reason. Last night Isabelle was lucky enough to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Albany, and darned if he didn’t play for three and half hours.”
Although Bruce himself didn’t have anything to do with that particular late note, Pipino’s brutal honesty in the note caused it to go viral.
As of this writing, it is not clear if Xabi’s teacher accepted the Bruce Springsteen late note and excused the young student’s tardiness.
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