Sunday, November 22, 2009
Bruce at the bar
Last night Howard and I were down at E.B. Green's having drinks with Bruce Springsteen. No kidding, he was there at the bar, listening to Jackie Jocko.
Howard saw him first and he whispered to me, "Is Bruce Springsteen in town?"
"He's giving a concert tomorrow night," I whispered. Bruce is in town tonight, giving a concert.
"Then that's him at the bar," Howard said.
Howard's middle name is Bruce and that is why he is good at spotting other Bruces.
Springsteen was sitting in a seat where you would sit if you did not want to be seen. That is the seat at the end of the bar behind the wall near the door. The Hyatt is used to celebrities so it would make sense that no one would call your attention to him. Dave Matthews was there one night. We all left him at his table undisturbed. Last week it was Metallica. When we had Leonard Pennario in there people did not leave him alone but then he is from Buffalo so everyone saw him as public property.
How did I get onto talking about Pennario? I was talking about Bruce Springsteen.
The only reason there is a chance it might not have been he is that the Springsteen we saw at the bar lastnight seemed less beat up than the one you see in pictures. He did not look like this.
He looked more like this.
But maybe he can adjust his looks depending on the situation. If he does not wish to be recognized perhaps he can clean himself up so he blends in. As the poet Ogden Nash wrote:
If there is nothing on the settee
It is the chameleon that you see.
Now that we are bar buddies with Bruce Springsteen here he is singing "Shenandoah."