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Rick Koster offers weekly lists of ideas, notions and things that must be seen to be believed.
Tonight is a profound moment in World History - to wit, I will attend my first Bruce Springsteen concert. In that spirit — and in case, as he usually does, Bruce reads "Rick's List" — here are a few humble requests, Boss, that you could easily fulfill if you want to.
1. My brother-in-law, Bobby Jenkins, is an A-Level Springsteen fan who has, more than once, traveled more than 1,000 miles to see you. I feel obligated to buy Bobby a T-shirt at the show. Boss: can you slash merch prices just for tonight? I'm thinking $10 for a hoodie would be reasonable.
2. Bruce: I'm not young anymore and neither are you. I am in awe and have all respect for your historic three-plus-hour shows. How about tonight, though, you keep it to a brisk 1:45 with a one-song encore?
3. According to a copy of one of your old backstage riders on thesmokingun.com, you, Boss, don't anywhere near abuse the privilege of being a big shot like you should. I recommend, going forward, you insist on a live petting zoo to include at least one (1) elk; three (3) snow leopards to be named Jo-Jo, Ellen and Admiral Hendrickson; and a company of dancing bears trained to perform "Giselle."