Hometown Springsteen shows are special moments. The Times Union Center in Albany is the only venue to be included in every Springsteen tour since the E Street reunion — Reunion, Rising, Magic, Working on a Dream, Wrecking Ball and High Hopes — plus an appearance on the 2005 solo Devils & Dust tour. We have been fortunate.
It was a night to remember, forever. Here’s a gallery of memories.
Had a few beers at Stout on Broadway and headed over to the show. My sister, niece and her husband were in line for wristbands just ahead.
So my sister and family were 160s and I was 222. Here we are in line and before the show.
My sister and her family made it into the pit. We were about 20 people from the cut. I was devastated but knew we would get an awesome spot in the secondary floor section.
We secured a terrific spot with a nice lean on the ramp, center stage. My niece took these incredible photos of the Albany show from the pit area.
We were fortunate to hold Bruce’s legs during “10th Avenue.” During my first Springsteen show, in 1978, I also held Bruce’s leg during an encore. He looked down and remembered me from that Troy show, I’m certain. If anyone has a video of the Albany “10th Avenue” I’d love to see it! The ones on YouTube show Clarence on the screen and don’t show Amanda and I as we clutched his legs. My brother-in-law took a photo of Bruce’s behind.
We got a copy of the setlist. Would have enjoyed “Dream Baby Dream” but “Thunder Road” took its place.
The next day our sign appeared in a concert photo display on Page 1 of the Schenectady Gazette newspaper.
A few weeks later this not-very-flattering photo of us appeared on http://brucespringsteen.net/
Jo Lopez also took photos of me clinging to Bruce’s boot, I hope to someday get one of his interns to find it in the archives. I will make a deal with the devil for that image.