“The Boss” Bruce Springsteen showed why he’s still an awesome rocker at 66.
Bruce Springsteen wrote 9-year-old Xabi Glovsky an excuse note after the youngster was out at a Springsteen concert the night before school, and Xabi’s father Scott was thrilled that the rocker was so accessible — and open — to the idea of writing the boy a note.
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
Bruce Springsteen has always been known as a “blue collar” rocker, and his signing of Xabi’s tardy note illustrates why. Xabi held up a sign during the River Tour in Los Angeles, telling the rocker that he was going to be late for school the next day. According to Entertainment Weekly, Xabi’s sign read, “Bruce, I will be late to school tomorrow. Please sign my note. :)”
Scott Glovsky was impressed by Bruce Springsteen’s reaction to his son’s request for a note. He noted that Springsteen said, “there’s the big guy,” when he saw Xabi immediately after the show, and Springsteen took the time to write the youth a note to his teacher and pose for photos with the lad.
Fox News reported that Springsteen played a three-and-a-half-hour show with a 35-song setlist. Xavi’s father, Scott, said he’d been singing Springsteen songs to Xabi since he was an infant, and he has attended over 100 Springsteen concerts over the last 30 years.
This was not the first time Xabi attended a Springsteen concert, though. The day Xabi turned six, he attended a Springsteen concert at the L.A. Sports Arena. At the time, he held up a sign that said, “Today I am six.”
According to Scott Glovsky, Springsteen saw the sign, and began singing to Xabi. Given Springsteen and Xabi have encountered each other for a second time, it could be called serendipitous that Xabi shared some couch space with the longtime rocker. However, Scott said that Springsteen redefined what it meant to be a rock star in taking the time to write Xabi’s teacher a note.
“Bruce lived up to every expectation a 9-year-old boy could have — or a 48-year-old boy,” Scott said, according to Fox News.
In addition to writing young Xabi a late note, Springsteen also spent a night of dining and shopping with his lady love, Patti Scialfa, according to Daily Mail. The singer is currently in the midst of a world tour, and while his tours have been legendary in the past, this one definitely appears to be far exceeding expectations, particularly with nearly four hour sets that leave crowds screaming for more.
Although Springsteen is in his mid-60s, he seems to be enjoying a preternatural youth, as described by Daily Mail. Known for wearing T-shirts and jeans, Springsteen shows time and again that he is ready to give his fans a show that they won’t soon forget. According to the Ottawa Citizen, Bruce Springsteen’s tour is currently ranked second out of 20 tours going across North America, as determined by Pollstar.
Springsteen is second only to Madonna, whose average ticket prices are hovering around $121 USD. Springsteen’s average ticket price is sitting around $127 USD. Pulling a close third is Muse, with average ticket prices around $58. In terms of overall box office, Springsteen’s tour has nabbed $2.2 million to date. No doubt, Springsteen’s kind gesture to Xabi — and to Xabi’s teacher, who will likely keep that late note as likely the most unusual tardy excuse that she has ever received in her years of teaching.
Springsteen’s tour continues in Oregon on March 22, and then he and the E Street Band are heading to Washington, D.C. and New York.
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