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Line short for Springsteen tickets at Eastern Michigan University
The Ann Arbor News ^ | October 3, 2008 | Susan Oppat

Posted on 10/05/2008 1:23:37 AM PDT by earmarksrus

An hour before Bruce Springsteen tickets were to be distributed for Monday's free acoustic concert at Eastern Michigan University, only 20 people were in line.

The first fan arrived from Grand Rapids at 4:30 a.m. Friday. Brad Berry, 54, has seen Springsteen about 15 times and saw Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in May in Grand Rapids. He said he was alone until 6:30 when a second person showed up. And they were alone until 7:30.

All said they were shocked that so few people were in line.

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: mi2008; obama; springsteen
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1 posted on 10/05/2008 1:23:37 AM PDT by earmarksrus
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To: earmarksrus

You know tramps like them can’t stay in one place forever, they were born to run.


2 posted on 10/05/2008 1:27:01 AM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: earmarksrus

Bruce is Grampa Jones to college kids.


3 posted on 10/05/2008 1:27:04 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: earmarksrus

Maybe young people aren’t so stupid OR they’re not interested in an old fossil like Springsteen. He must be near 60 years old!


4 posted on 10/05/2008 1:27:08 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!!)
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To: earmarksrus

I always thought he sucked....

Guess I was right all along.


5 posted on 10/05/2008 1:28:59 AM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: earmarksrus

Skreew Brucie. He ain’t the boss a me!


6 posted on 10/05/2008 1:29:46 AM PDT by Brucifer ("The dog ate my copy of the Constitution." G W Bush)
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To: SatinDoll
He was old when I was in high school 20 yrs ago.

I wouldn't expect long lines for a 30-min acoustic set. Just those "I've seen Broooce 15 times" types. Plus, you're going to get nagged to do things for BO. Not worth it.
7 posted on 10/05/2008 1:31:51 AM PDT by MDformerDem
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To: earmarksrus

Oldies guys like Springsteen usually need to get a bunch of other oldsters to tour with them. It can be pretty cool for us other old-timers to go see Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, Blue Cheer, The Boxtops, Foghat, etc., do their greatest hits. A lot of people enjoy those retro concerts but nobody would go to see just one of those bands.

Maybe Springsteen should try to get a spot with Ringo Starr’s All Star Band. Or at least try to find some other rockers who were big 35 years ago and who would join him on tour. Maybe The Captain and Tennille would join him! Why not? Make a few bucks, have some fun....


8 posted on 10/05/2008 1:36:13 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Travis McGee

Grandpa Jones on his worst day was better than Springsteen on his best.


9 posted on 10/05/2008 1:36:37 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Tom Manion USMC '08!!)
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To: earmarksrus
Brucie probably thought he was going to have a crowd of 30,000 or something along those lines to listen to him shill for 0bama.

Sucks to be Brucie, I guess.

10 posted on 10/05/2008 1:39:05 AM PDT by Allegra ( Go Sarah!)
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To: Brucifer
Skreew Brucie. He ain’t the boss a me!

Me nither. I never liked his music, and now I don't like his politics.

What amazes me is that FReepers insist on referring to him as "The Boss." Why they show respect for a no-talent, left wing hippie is beyond me.

11 posted on 10/05/2008 1:40:20 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net; all)
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To: Travis McGee
Bruce is Grampa Jones to college kids.

Exactly.
I saw Springsteen in 1974 when I was in college (and before he was known outside the Philly/NJ metro area). It was a great concert. But I imagine college kids look at Bruce Springsteen today the way I looked at Frank Sinatra back then.

12 posted on 10/05/2008 1:41:00 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: earmarksrus
PLEASE, do NOT mistake the size of the crowds for how the vote will go down.

I recall oh so well how Pres Buss drew HUGE crowds, and how Algore's crowds were so small.

Do you all recall how THAT election turned out?

Because of cheating, one of the closest in our history..

13 posted on 10/05/2008 1:41:46 AM PDT by drc43 (NO Drilling for prosperity!!....Nancy Pelosi)
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To: earmarksrus

I always thought he sounded like a sick cow. Never understood the attraction.


14 posted on 10/05/2008 1:42:41 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cobra64
What amazes me is that FReepers insist on referring to him as "The Boss." Why they show respect for a no-talent, left wing hippie is beyond me.

Respect? says who?
15 posted on 10/05/2008 1:52:35 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Betcha they're good. Why shouldn't they be? Their one mistake was giving up me!)
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To: Fresh Wind; Travis McGee

Junior Samples on his worst day was better than Springsteen on his best. Ditto for Stringbean!


16 posted on 10/05/2008 2:12:51 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: earmarksrus

The whole New Jersey music thing - Springsteen, Bon Jovi, The Jonas Brothers - I never got it.


17 posted on 10/05/2008 2:44:33 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

> The whole New Jersey music thing - Springsteen, Bon Jovi,
> The Jonas Brothers - I never got it.

Ah, but Ted Nugent was part of the NJ music thing. He played guitar for the “Amboy Dukes” back in the 60s.

But at least Ted has talent.

On the other hand, Bruce Brainstrain has always stunk. His music is pretentious and he always looks so self-important.


18 posted on 10/05/2008 2:53:04 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: earmarksrus
Meanwhile, a Miley Cyrus concert will have lines stretched around the block.
19 posted on 10/05/2008 3:18:53 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: Bullish

He played solo ( before making it big ) at my alma mater UCONN back in the early 70’s ...Booed off the stage very early on because he sucked ...


20 posted on 10/05/2008 3:35:40 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: Westbrook

The band may have been called the Amboy Dukes, but they and the Nuge are from Michigan. Talk about a music scene - the Nuge, The Stooges, The MC5, Grand Funk!


21 posted on 10/05/2008 3:38:36 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Wakka-ding-hoy - battle cry of the Plexus Rangers!)
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To: Brucifer
Skreew Brucie. He ain’t the boss a me!

He don't sign my paychecks!
22 posted on 10/05/2008 3:39:57 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Wakka-ding-hoy - battle cry of the Plexus Rangers!)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Same here, and isn’t Springsteen looking more and more like a used rubber?


23 posted on 10/05/2008 3:46:57 AM PDT by donaldo
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To: earmarksrus
Growing up in Jersey, I used to really appreciate Springsteen. Over time it's unfortunate that he's morphed himself into a sorrowful sock puppet for the radical left.
24 posted on 10/05/2008 3:49:24 AM PDT by RU88 (The false messiah can not change water into wine any more than he can get unity from diversity.)
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To: Travis McGee
Bruce is Grampa Jones to college kids.

True, he's some old hack to most kid's today. Nothing is "yuckier" than to worship the same guy your parents did. :)

25 posted on 10/05/2008 3:55:10 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: earmarksrus

Well everybody better move over, that's all
'Cause I'm running on the bad side
And I got my back to the wall


26 posted on 10/05/2008 3:56:21 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: earmarksrus

Perhaps they could entice more fans by publicizing that walkers and oxygen tanks would be provided.


27 posted on 10/05/2008 4:00:43 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BR 549


28 posted on 10/05/2008 4:03:37 AM PDT by CMailBag
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To: Bullish

You are so right, I’ll take Toby Keith or Keith Urban any day.


29 posted on 10/05/2008 4:34:09 AM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: earmarksrus; All

Some rock musicians have stood the test of time, at least the test of 30 or so years. Bruce is NOT one of them. I’ll admit I liked him in the late 70’s and early 80’s. But his old stuff is really dated. Nobody cares about him today. I’ve heard Springsteen tickets are very easy to come by nowadays. Unlike performers like Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck who I’ve seen relatively recently Bruce just seems to be a has been. Clapton and Beck are older than Bruce but their music adapts to the times and is timeless. Bruce if you are listening you really Pis*ed Off a lot of people with your politics.


30 posted on 10/05/2008 4:36:07 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Westbrook
I don't get the Jonas Brothers either, but discovering that we knew their parents was amazing to our kids.

That's the way that it goes. We perform miracles in raising our kids, get all sorts of accolades for being good in sales, as a Mom, etc, but nothing impresses the little ones like “We knew Mr Jonas when he was a worship leader”.

31 posted on 10/05/2008 5:05:47 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: earmarksrus

I can’t help but think that this lack of enthusiasm is based on the fact that BO has run a smoke and mirrors campaign to begin with. The crowds seemed to have evaporated. Here in Richmond, VA the bumper stickers are fewer, the crowd at the 4th annual “Republican Round Up” in Richmond (an Eric Cantor event) had 3x’s the crowd than the past.

I was Charlottesville yesterday on Carter Mountain. Every year there’s an apple picking festival up there and we’ve gone with friends for the past 8 years. Thousands of people and only a handful of BO bumper stickers. In past years, the Gore and Kerry stickers were everywhere. C-ville is extremely liberal.


32 posted on 10/05/2008 5:06:52 AM PDT by albie
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To: truthguy

“Some rock musicians have stood the test of time, at least the test of 30 or so years. Bruce is NOT one of them”.

...True. The Stones or U2 would’ve packed the place.


33 posted on 10/05/2008 5:09:18 AM PDT by albie
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To: earmarksrus

LOL! Springsteen sucked in the 80’s and 90’s and he sucks today. A couple of hits maybe, and Born in the USA??? That was a rant actually of how he cant stand America. Springsteen suck big time.


34 posted on 10/05/2008 5:20:45 AM PDT by sasafras (Bush Legacy = 20+years of leftist Presidents and a Democrat Congress - way to go Bushbots!!)
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To: LukeL

AWWWW, Can’t even give away free tickets.


35 posted on 10/05/2008 5:21:10 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (THE NEW MILLIONAIRES CLUB : YOUR FRIENDLY NIEGHBORHOOD CONGRESSMEN)
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To: Lancey Howard

I caught part of Springsteen’sfree concert yesterday on TV. He is definitely past his prime—way past.


36 posted on 10/05/2008 5:37:22 AM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: albie

“Some rock musicians have stood the test of time, at least the test of 30 or so years. Bruce is NOT one of them”.

“...True. The Stones or U2 would’ve packed the place.”

Don’t forget Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. They have been my #1 for 28 yrs. I see them everytime they come to town. Lots of young people go too, which pleases me.


37 posted on 10/05/2008 6:16:37 AM PDT by CaliGirl-R
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To: Fresh Wind

Grandpa Jones on his worst day was better than Springsteen on his best.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Ol Rattler was a good ole dog
as blind as he could be
but every night at suppertime
I swear that dog could see

I would rather spend fifteen minutes with Grandpa Jones than hear any concert Springsteen ever did.


38 posted on 10/05/2008 6:19:22 AM PDT by RipSawyer (What's black and white and red all over? Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: earmarksrus

I knew Sprinsteen was overblown when George Will mentioned him favorably in one of his columns.

Sprinsteen has been a bore for at least twenty five years. imho.


39 posted on 10/05/2008 6:22:25 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans.)
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To: Bullish

I was never a fan of his either. I never cared for his music and he is so darn unattractive that I can’t stand to look at him for any period of time.


40 posted on 10/05/2008 6:26:45 AM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

there is not the enthusiasm that the MSM says there is. Of course Fox did the obligatory 15 minutes of putting this has been on the air like it was Woodstock revisited. What a Putz who can’t sing by the way - he always just had a great back up band. Also he had a pretty, gorgeous wife and dumped on her for that used up looking Patty Scaflia. Old news, everything about Obama is old news and thank God we have the freshness of Sarah Palin.


41 posted on 10/05/2008 6:27:50 AM PDT by TurtleStink
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To: peggybac

and another thing........

what about some dignity here. when does it look ridiculous for an old man to think he is a rock star. The rolling stones are like looking at a rest home sprung from their rockers. revolting. and how many times can you listen to “can’t get no satisfaction. when are the boomer men gonna to get some dignity and wisdom. never. i guess. you want rock star go to gateway pundit’s blog and look at Sarah’s post vp debate rally. rock star she is.


42 posted on 10/05/2008 6:29:55 AM PDT by TurtleStink
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To: earmarksrus

Forced Obama re-education camps required by the college administration next? So as to not miss out on federal funding for programs?

Building the future from the bottom up with Obaba’s civilian security and freedom corps. Yes we can! We’re going to get in your face.

“The next tip is to be absolutely ruthless,” Jocelyn Woodards tells the (Obama) campers. “We want you to be determined, ambitious, take a risk.”

Even if Obama loses this election, what is he going to do with his “troops” that he and Soros have spent so much money training?

Over the top? You be the judge...
The Hussein Khmer Rouge: Ruthless For Obama - With Videos
http://patdollard.com/2008/10/the-hussein-khmer-rouge-ruthless-for-obama-with-videos/


43 posted on 10/05/2008 6:30:11 AM PDT by listenhillary (Should we turn Alaska or Texas into our Galt's Gulch?)
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To: earmarksrus

Springsteen is so yesterday, I can’t see college age kids that excited about seing this guy who was mostly second rate anyway.

They probably would just snicker at some old guy who still thinks he is cool and matters.


44 posted on 10/05/2008 6:34:12 AM PDT by dforest (Is there any good idea out there that Obama doesn't lay claim to anymore?)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
The whole New Jersey music thing - Springsteen, Bon Jovi, The Jonas Brothers - I never got it.

East Coast Media Hype. That's all he's ever been.

Don't believe the hype !

45 posted on 10/05/2008 6:36:00 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Bullish

His was the only concert I walked out of in 1981 because I couldn’t stop yawning.


46 posted on 10/05/2008 6:57:30 AM PDT by geege
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To: texas booster
I don't get the Jonas Brothers either, but discovering that we knew their parents was amazing to our kids.

I'll tell you why the Jonas Brothers sell..... melody and lyrics. They can be heard. My son is starting to play guitar and likes the Beatles , John Hooker, and Albert King stuff I've got laying around. Cause he can understand the words and play along. The new stuff like rap doesn't lend itself to repetition, I can't see my self or I guess they can't see themselves humming along and singing "Gin and Juice".... or any of the current rap cr#p.

Something with a melody and lyrics sells cause others can relate to the message. That's why country is getting huge, jazz tunes like "That's All" and the blues will always be around.

Jeff Beck and Clapton still attract a crowd cause they're good musicians. click here.... Like Knoffler mixing it up with Atkins.. great musicians always have gigs. listen to the melody... timeless

47 posted on 10/05/2008 8:09:36 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: earmarksrus
Funny. He couldn't fill an arena selling tickets, so he gives a concert away. He goes to the midwest and he can't even give a concert away.

He has aspirations of being a politician. Oh, go for it, pony boy. Go for it. I'd love to see a true intellectual tear you to shreds.

48 posted on 10/05/2008 4:03:31 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: Cobra64

ditto


49 posted on 10/05/2008 4:05:31 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: SatinDoll
"old fossil like Springsteen. He must be near 60 years old!"

Careful, SatinDoll. You must be gentle in your descriptive phrases used regarding your worldly wise elders, lest they flame or ZOT you. ~<|;o)

50 posted on 10/05/2008 4:07:26 PM PDT by LakeLady (I was my mama's October surprise!!!! /Defeat Nobama /Bidet)
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