If you’re as big a fan of “the boss” as I am, you may have already heard: Bruce Springsteen will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year at a tribute event this Friday, February 8th. Elton John, Neil Young, Sting and so many other legends will be headlining the tribute, which is given to one musician each year, chosen for his artistic and philanthropic contributions. Past honorees include Bono and Paul McCartney.
I’ve been a Bruce fan since the day I moved east. How’s this for cred: I once spent the night at the Livingston Mall in New Jersey to score tickets for his “Born to Run” concert.
So you can imagine how psyched I was when I got a call from Mrs. Patti Springsteen asking me to do her makeup for the “12-12-12” Concert, the star-studded show to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy. I jumped at the chance and, on the big day, made sure to pack a prized eight-track tape in case I had a chance to ask Bruce to sign it. Walking into the lively Springsteen household, Patti and I hit it off instantly. Warm, funny and bubbly, she and I talked about everything under the sun—our kids, travel, food, and more. As I was finishing up Patti and her daughter Jessica’s makeup, Bruce walked in and it was time to head to the show.
The concert was amazing—Bruce played a 30-minute set that was over way too quickly and then Patti asked my husband and I if we wanted to join them backstage. Of course we did. The energy was electrifying and we met a blur of boldface names: Governor Chris Christie, Martha Stewart, Trudie Styler and so many more. I complimented Trudie on her outfit and she told me her husband Sting bought it for her. “He is the fashion police,” she said without missing a beat. Hilarious.
Big thanks to Patti for making sure I went home with a personalized souvenir from one of the coolest days in recent memory.
I’ll be watching the show on February 8th and you should too. Bruce Springsteen rocks.