But he a got a bonus with his $1,000 ducat when Springsteen emerged from a rehearsal and stopped to chat with about 30 fans gathered near the theater’s stage door late this afternoon.
“This is quite special,” said Figari, a landscape photographer. “I’m not really here to have autographs, but it’s nice to have this feeling to see him at his home with just a few people around.”
Springsteen emerged from the theater with his wife and E Streeter Patti Scialfa and first waved off fans from a distance, but was persuaded to sign a few autographs and pose for a few photos. He and Scialfa departed in a dusty Range Rover.
Guitarist and actor Little Steve Van Zandt waded into the scrum afterward.
Chris Bruno of Wall Township said he felt “something like relief” after meeting Springsteen, a musical idol. He’s wanted to meet him since getting turned onto Springsteen’s music in 1977.
“My girlfriend called two minutes after it happened, and I told her what happened,” he told redbankgreen. “She said, ‘I told you it would happen if you’d be patient.’ I said, ‘Yeah, it only took 30 years.'”