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Mon Feb 20, 2017, 12:33 AM

Springsteen invites Oz teen onstage for duet

http://variety.com/2017/music/news/bruce-springsteen-teenager-on-stage-concert-1201992229/



During a Thursday concert at Australia’s Brisbane Entertainment Center, teenager Nathan Testa caught the Boss’ attention with a cheeky sign that read, “Missed school, in the s—, now can I play ‘Growin’ Up’ with you?”

“You know it on guitar?,” Springsteen asked upon noticing the sign. After an enthusiastic “yes!,” Springsteen told him, “Come on up!”

Testa hopped up on stage where Springsteen’s guitar tech, Kevin Buell, handed him an acoustic guitar. To Testa’s credit, he did in fact know the song, strumming the tune from Springsteen’s 1973 debut album “Greetings From Asbury Park” and even sharing the mic with the musician at some points.
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“When I was your age, I brought my first guitar, and I realized, it wasn’t how well you played it, but how good you looked doing it,” the 67-year-old musician said. “So I go in front of the mirror trying out different poses.”

For the full effect, he then struck several of his iconic rock and roll poses in front of the enthusiastic crowd.
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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 12:50 AM

1. He's sooo human, which makes him soooo GREAT!

What an experience for that kid.

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 12:59 AM

2. Wonderful, thanks for sharing.

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 01:34 AM

3. That just makes me smile!

Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 01:44 AM

4. Saw Paul McCartney do the same last year.

Only he thought the little girl wanted an autograph and when she came on stage, she told him she wanted to play bass with him.
So he let her play "Get Back" with him.

It really shows a connection with their fans. And it is encouraging that kids are still enamored of and inspired by their music. Great musicians and men!

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 01:55 AM

5. K&R.

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 02:48 AM

6. Performers of great class sometimes do this

Bruce Hornsby sometimes has the audience pass up note to the stage before a concert. One time, I was there when some high school kid wrote that he did "The Way It Is" for his high school piano final exam. Hornsby read it, and invited the kid to come up and do it with the band. Sure enough, he knew it note for note as on the original record. Anyone who has seen Bruce Hornsby knows that he always reinvents his classic hits, but he did "The Way It Is" straight from the 1986 record so that this high school kid could perform it with the master and not mess up. True class, indeed.

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Response to DFW (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 03:31 AM

9. Did you ever see this clip of when Kristin Chenowith asked for an audience volunteer

to duet on "I have been changed for good"?

https://m.

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 02:50 AM

7. That's soooo Cool! My SIL is Ozzie!

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 03:15 AM

8. Is this the coolest thing to ever happen to this kid???

Can you imagine what that would be like?

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 03:52 AM

10. This was a Springsteen standard probably before the boy's parents even were born

This old fart now has the faith the next generations can, and will carry it forward.

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 04:56 AM

11. Springsteen: local music and Desert Island Discs

Bruce is a genuine class act. Another thing he does quite often in Oz (and presumably elsewhere) is to include a song written by a local artist, one that would be recognised by the local audience but probably not by a wider audience. He's willing to do a little work to get his fans onside (not that they wouldn't be, anyway).

Desert Island Discs is a BBC radio program. It's been running since 1942. In the program, a famous person (artist/scientist/politician/sportsperson/etc) comes on and presents 8 pieces of music that he or she would wish to have if they were to be stranded on a desert island. In December, Bruce appeared (is that the right word?) and went through his favourite pieces. In between the music, the guest speaks about other aspects of his/her life. Bruce touched on some fairly personal subjects. Anyway, the podcast is available and downloadable here...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0855znp

The music selected is kept fairly short in the podcast due to legal restrictions.

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Response to SwissTony (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 08:19 PM

13. That's a great link - thanks for posting it!

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 05:25 AM

12. Now THAT was adorable! nt

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 08:21 PM

14. Best ear to ear smile in days! What a mensch Bruce is, his joy is right out there. Luckiest kid!

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 08:40 PM

15. Several years back

He stopped his SUV, after leaving his concert in North Carolina and talked to my 12 year old daughter. She told him how good he was and chatted with few a few minutes. Gave her a copy of his song list.
My daughter said , I knew he would stop to talk to me cause I have red hair like his wife. Kids, they are funny. I'm still not over it though. Ha...

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 10:45 PM

16. He's so awesome... near my daughter but she's studying hard no concerts LOL...

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