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article imageVideo: Bruce Springsteen strums guitar in Boston public garden

By Kev Hedges     Sep 3, 2011 in Entertainment
Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen is more used to performing in front of thousands at rock festivals, stadiums and huge gigs. But this week he strummed on a busker's Spanish guitar giving a short impromptu performance in a public garden in Boston.
Busker David Gonzalez has played his guitar all over the world, on street corners and subway halls and has entertained the public for more than 30 years but this week something special happened when he was approached by none other than the The Boss himself.
Bruce Springsteen has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and 120 million worldwide. His accolades include 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. Rolling Stone magazine rates the heartland rocker as one of the most influential singer-songwriters of our time. So it's a once in a lifetime event to say, when asked, "how's your day been?", to say, "Oh..nothin' much, bumped into Bruce Springsteen and he had a jam on my guitar in the park".
In fact the New Jersey superstar had just dropped his son Evan off at Boston College. He and his wife, Patti Scialfa, had seen the Argentinian busker before when walking through the public garden earlier this summer. Gonzalez told the Boston Globe, "He said, ‘I’ll see you later,’ About 30 minutes later, he came back and we had a long conversation." The couple had listened for a while then moved on without anyone realising who it was.
When Springsteen came back, this time alone, he complimented Gonzalez on his playing style and asked him how long he had been playing.
The pair had a conversation where Gonzalez told Springsteen he had tried to see him once in concert. He had tried to get tickets for an Amnesty International gig in Buenos Aires in 1989 where The Boss performed alongside Tracey Chapman, Sting and Peter Gabriel. Gonzalez, who was living in Patagonia at the time, could not afford the ticket. He then asked Bruce if he would fancy playing one of his songs. The Boss declined but did pick up the guitar and perform a short rendition of one of Gonzalez's songs. At one stage a passer-by strolls passed oblivious to the fact he is missing the Born in the USA singer sitting on a bridge wall playing guitar. Springsteen cut short his impromptu busk when people started to gather rapidly. He left Gonzales an undisclosed amount of cash for a tip and went on his way.
A video of David Gonzalez performing for the press and media, who approached him after they had learned of his brush with the famous Born to Run singer can be see here.
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