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article imageVideo: Johannesburg Springsteen fans get an early-bird special

By Anne Sewell     Feb 6, 2014 in Entertainment
Johannesburg - Sometimes it does, indeed, pay to be the early bird. Hundreds of Bruce Springsteen fans turned up three-and-a-half hours early for the show at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. They were then treated to a three-song special and some personal attention.
As part of their world tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band have been visiting South Africa.
As a crowd of over-eager fans were hanging around in the stadium at 5:30 pm, they got a great surprise.
Showing his sheer love for making that great music, The Boss walked out on stage, chatting with the crowd. He then treated them to a spontaneous, three-song acoustic solo set including “Working On The Highway”, “I’ll Work For Your Love” and “Growing Up”. The audience showed their knowledge by knowing the words of the older songs.
He then told the cheering crowd that he would see them later, and disappeared backstage.
Later that evening Springsteen was back on stage with the E Street Band and a packed stadium, and the show reportedly went very well, despite a couple of minor technical problems.
Reportedly some of those grateful fans had been literally waiting for decades for the experience, and went home feeling that their patience had been rewarded indeed.
Earlier in the tour, Springsteen and the band visited Cape Town and gave moving tributes to first Nelson Mandela, and at the second show, to the Boss' mentor and great friend, Pete Seeger, who passed away on January 27, 2014.
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