366TAS: 7:05 – Bruce Springsteen – Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

How’s this for some good fortune: I’ve seen Bruce Springsteen twice and the combined cost of the tickets for me was $10. The first time was when the Boss played the Civic Arena back in the spring of 2000. The day of the show, my friend Megan got four free tickets and offered two of them to me. We sat on the floor, about 20 rows from the stage. It was pretty great!

The second time, Springsteen was playing at PNC Park in the summer of 2003. Bram, Frank and I headed down to the park, figuring we could hang out on the Riverwalk and enjoy the show from outside. When I got to the park to meet up, I got a message from Frank saying that someone had offered him a free ticket, so he got in. Lucky Frank! When I met up with Bram, I told him Frank’s story and we started to hunt for people with extra tickets willing to let them go cheap. Before too long, we came across a guy who had two extras and after a brief negotiation, the tickets were ours for $10 a pop. On our way up to our seats – front row in PNC Park’s club level, we both broke out the cellphones to tell friends and family about our good fortune. Also a great show.

While “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” is the notable omission from Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hits album, its inclusion in the 366TAS project represents the first song from 1973 to be used this year. Before today, 1973 was the only year not represented since 1961; now there’s at least one track from each of the last 51 years. That’s not so shabby either!

Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) – Bruce Springsteen

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