Bruce Springsteen helped to raise money for U.S. veterans by auctioning off a lasagna dinner at his own home.
The musical legend, who has been releasing rock albums for the last 45 years, sold two such packages at an event in New York City on Wednesday evening. But they didn’t come cheap. In fact, a lasagna dinner with Bruce Springsteen would have cost you $300,000 if you were interested.
But that’s not all that you would have received if you’d decided to part with your hard earned cash just to enjoy some grub with The Boss. You would also have had an opportunity to have an hour-long guitar lesson with the musical icon, plus you’d have been able to ride in his motorcycle sidecar too. There were two packages available, but it’s now believed that both of them have already been sold.
Bruce Springsteen made the sales at the Stand Up For Heroes event, which was held in New York City last night.
Springsteen also went on to play a five song set for the crowd. The legendary musician played “Growin’ Up,” “Dancing In The Dark,” and “Born In The U.S.A.” for the packed out crowd at Madison Square Garden. The audience was filled with military leaders, service men and women, and corporate executives for the event.
Overall, the night raised more than $1 million for the charity. Springsteen’s package actually accounted for over half of the total raised. Other people to have performed at the event included the comedians John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K., and Jim Gaffigan.
Earlier this week Bruce Springsteen released his first graphic novel. The book is based on the lyrics to his song, “Outlaw Pete,” which is also the name of the book, and it was actually inspired by Brave Cowboy Bill, a 1950’s children’s book.
Springsteen said back in August at the announcement of his effort, “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins.”
Illustrator Frank Caruso, who is also working on the book, explained, “When Bruce wrote “Outlaw Pete” he didn’t just write a great song, he created a great character. The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head. Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and, for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters.”
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