Ever since Courtney Cox famously jumped on stage with Bruce Springsteen in the video for “Dancing in the Dark,” it has been every girl’s fantasy to relive that magic moment. At Friday night’s (Feb. 12) concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, one man flipped that script in a big way.
Nick Ferrara, famously known in Springsteen lore as “The Philly Elvis” profiled in the 2013 documentary, Springsteen and I, got his very own “hey baby” moment when he held up a sign requesting an opportunity to dance with violinist Soozie Tyrell.
Springsteen, who was clearly amused, motioned Ferrara to join the band on the stage, and chuckled as he bent down on one knee to pay his respects to The Boss.
Friday night’s show in the City of Brotherly Love was a special occasion, indeed. It featured the tour premiere of an epic 11-minute version of “Jungleland” with saxophonist Jake Clemons nailing the famed solo by his uncle, “The Big Man” Clarence Clemons. At the end of the solo, Springsteen shared a moment with the young musician, patting his shoulder for a job well done.
Additionally, Springsteen gave the fans a treat with a performance of “My Love Will Not Let you Down,” and a rousing cover of “Shout” where he exclaimed, “Bruce is loose!”
It was a family affair for the Freehold, N.J., native. His sister, Ginny, was in attendance with her husband, and Springsteen referenced that from the stage as he introduced the song “The River”.
“I wrote this for my sister and brother-in-law,” he said. “She’s here with her husband tonight. They struggled during the (Jimmy) Carter recession.”
The show was also his longest on the tour, clocking in at three hours, twenty-seven minutes.
Other highlights included the introduction of the love song “Drive All Night,” where Springsteen revealed that he recorded the track in “one take” in 1977.
The E Street Band is on tour performing the album, The River, in its entirety. The group’s next stop is in Sunrise, Fla., on Feb. 16 at the BB&T Center.