When Springstein, backed by the Weinberg 7, returned to his roots in Asbury Park, fans came from all over: Cleveland, Chicago, even Germany and Japan.
"You can see by the crowds and the following he has, there's only one king
and there's only one boss, and that's Bruce," said actor Chuck Zito.
Springsteen fans braved the bitter cold Asbury Park boardwalk for a chance
to see their local New Jersey hero.
"We've been in line for about 21 hours," said one fan.
"We've been out here for two days now," said another.
Fans agree that when it comes to seeing the boss money is no object.
One fan paid $6,000 for two tickets. "I've been seeing Bruce for 25 years
and I would have paid what ever it took," said the fan.
Despite being one of the biggest stars in music, Bruce still finds time to give back.
"No one asked him to do this. No one was looking over his shoulder. He just
decided that he wanted to do something nice," said Mary Pat Angelini, executive director of Substance Abuse Resources.
"It's great to be back with all the guys and be back in Asbury Park, especially to see Asbury Park kind of coming back together," said musician Clarence Clemons. "It's great to see all these people here. You guys are great Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."
Proceeds will go to local Asbury Park charities. The highlight for fans had to be when the Boss brought the house down with Rosalita. The whole E-street Band and South Side Johnny was up on stage with him and for the finale, even Bruce's mom was up there for Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
Singing for the people and about the people is what sets Bruce apart from the rest.
"He just sort of wrote the soundtrack to my life. Every single one of his songs I can relate to," said a fan.