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My View: 15 Feet Away From Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band on The Final Daily Show With Jon Stewart

posted Aug 6, 2015, 9:05 PM by Brandon Thompson   [ updated Aug 9, 2015, 8:51 AM ]
Wow. What a day I had in New York City on Thursday! Luckily I scored two single tickets on Wednesday evening, so my friend and I were pumped to be heading up to the city that never sleeps. We hopped on a train and ended up at 733 11th Avenue in New York around 9:10AM with about 60 people ahead of us in line. The anticipation was building from the moment we arrived and we were mingling with fellow die-hard Bruce fans while waiting which is always a fun experience. The time was flying by and before you knew it we were lining up to receive our tickets! They handed out about 120 tickets total and then put some of the other folks on "stand by." After the arena was filled, the "stand by" folks were let in and I believe most of them got in. Not sure exactly how many were put on "stand by" but about 35 or so got in. 

Anyway, we headed inside and got to our seats, second row baby! The show began and as we all saw and it was simply a great Jon Stewart show filled with many special guests and surprises! Some very funny moments and it was just really an amazing show as it was on its own. Then, after the two segments, Jon Stewart came out to the crowd during the commercial break and said that they usually don't have many musical guests and so they were going to make some changes such as moving his famous desk to the side and bring out the bands gear further towards the middle. Bruce and The E Street Band were on next! Jon came out again to introduce the band and then they all walked out! Bruce, Little Steven, Patti, Nils, Roy, Garry, Max, Soozie, and Jake were all in attendance. Bruce started out by thanking Jon for all his laughs that he brought to so many people over the years. Bruce counted off the first song and the band jumped right into "Land Of Hope and Dreams." This was a personal request by Jon Stewart so it was nice to see Bruce play it for him since it was of course his final show. It was a shorter version of the song then the band literally did a seamless transition right into the last verse of "Born to Run." Jon, his family, all of his staff, and all the special guests ran out onto the floor to celebrate and sing along. Man, I can't say how great it felt to be 15 feet away from Bruce and the entire E Street Band. Even if it was for about 6 or 7 minutes. The 10 hour wait was so worth it to be that close in that kind of environment. It did look like Bruce and the band wanted to do one more song, even if it wouldn't be aired on television, and it appeared Bruce asked Jon's stage hand and he told everyone they had to get off the stage. But nonetheless, it was a great show all around! I was so happy to see it in person and to see Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band playing together again. Thank you to Jon Stewart and to Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band for an unforgettable night!

Watch the entire last episode here! (Bruce goes on around the 40:00 mark)

Photo: Danny Clinch