Backstage with the Boss


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.



Backstage with Patti Springsteen

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.

Trudie and I practicing our yoga poses at the end of the night

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.




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5 thoughts on “Backstage with the Boss

  1. Being a “Jersey Girl” by birth and having spent 20+ years in NYC ,it was great seeing artists performing on behalf of Hurricane Sandy victims. It was special to see the local guys perform. We had minor damage here in Central NJ, but the images from the shore are disturbing to me. I know we will recover. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi mean so much to our state. It was an truly an amzing event. BTW, Darkness on The Edge of Town is my favorite Bruce album. It reminds me of Sophomore year at Rutgers.


  2. OMG!… I am a big Bobbi fan – but gotta be honest – I am an even BIGGER – much BIGGER Bruce Fan!… I really LOVE this post. I live in Northeast Philly – the last show Bruce did at Citizen’s Bank Park in September was my 27th Bruce show (and considering the people I was with) I am a novice! But truly – Bruce and the E Street Band (or as close as they can get without the Big Man and Danny) made my night – in 26 shows I never heard “Jersey Girl”. I used to buy half or more of my makeup from you Bobbi – but now that I know we are kindred spirits – I will “Take Care of Our Own” – look for an order from me – Valentine’s Day gifts for my daughters.


  3. I always love reading stories from people who are deeply inspired and influenced by The Boss- I’ve written a number of articles on the subject too- and for a time was producing a documentary…only to see “Springsteen & Us” steal my thunder. I have something else I’d like to discuss with you that’s Boss inspired- hope to hear from you. And here’s one of my posts I think you will enjoy.


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