“It’s hard to explain,” said Laden, who as the owner of Garden State Auto Repair in Little Silver has worked on Springsteen’s cars for 15 years. “It’s a matter of respect for Bruce.”
A sense of spiritual indebtedness was one of several forces that fans said compelled them to show up shortly before midnight in 28-degree weather to buy an album that would still be available the next morning.
With just about every Springsteen record release since then, speculation about an encore stirs, nudged along by the scheduling of midnight drops. The last one was in November 2010, with the issuance of a remastered ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town‘ and companion making-of video.
Hey, is it the store’s fault if diehard fans postpone their beauty sleep on the expectation of an appearance?
Tonight, the must-buy-now impulse again mixes with what-if-He’s there? yearning with the hardcopy release of Springsteen’s newest collection, ‘Wrecking Ball.’