Patty received an injection in her neck so she could enjoy the show pain-free. Unfortunately, the cortisone injection made thing worse before they got better. She hobbled through the parking lot, optimistic that by the time the show started, she word feel better. On the way, we met John. John was from LA, another long-time Bruce fan...and although we didn't know it at the time he would be our ticket to getting into the pitt before everyone else. John was buddies with someone on the security team, so when we reached the section of the parking lot where we were supposed to hang out and wait for them to draw the magic number which would then determine if we would get into the pitt, John disappeared. A while later, he approached us and told us to go to the front of the line...we were like, HUH? He said, don't worry, I've taken care of everything. We had no idea what he meant, but we figured we had nothing to loose. So, up to the front of the line we went. The security guys told us to hang out off to the side..we did but were still confused about what was going on.
We began chatting with the security guy..I'll call him Jeremy....we became good friends during the hour-long wait for them to let us in.
Around 6pm, they told us to line up. Patty and I, some guy who was on crutches, someone in a wheel chair, and one elderly person. Yes, we were grouped with those who needed "special help" getting into the arena.
Pattys' intense pain was our ticket to front and center!
Once they opened the gates, we were the first ones allowed in..we made our way (slowly) to the front of the arena, and parked ourselves on the floor, claiming the best spot in the place.
It was a very long day, and even though she was in pain the whole time, Patty never complained once and we got to see one of the most amazing shows ever!
I have three life-long passions, and Bruce Springsteen is at the top of that list. I grew up in Freehold too, and I felt a connection as soon as I heard Born to Run at my friend Carol's house, when I was around 14. His music touched me. I've been to over 50 live shows, and have seen him play in bars, at the Jersey Shore.