Final show of Springsteen's "Working On A Dream Tour" dedicated to Mike Appel

But up next, they plowed forward, doing something they'd never done before — "Tonight! One time only!" — the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. album, start to finish. Whatever particular significance the night's album choice might wind up having — in terms of ending where they began, if tonight was indeed any kind of ending — went unspoken. Springsteen merely put the record in context, as he has with other album performances on this fall leg. "This was the miracle," he said, "This was the record that took everything from way below zero to... one." That got a big laugh. Bruce went on to speak of John Hammond, "one of the great legends of music production," and of manager Mike Appel, whose "incredible talking" got him a crucial audition with said legend. Tonight's album performance was dedicated "to the man who got me in the door. Mike Appel is here tonight — Mike, this is for you." He added, "We've never done it... hope we can do it!"

Final show of the "Working On A Dream Tour" - 11/27/09 - Buffalo, NY
Sunday (11/22/09) around 12:30pm Bruce Springsteen calls me while I was sitting in a diner on Staten Island with a friend of mine, Tom Corbett and my son James. He said that Sunday’s gig was the last night of their two year tour and that they would be playing “Greetings From Asbury Park” an album I co-produced. He asked my son and I to be his guest. I said great, but how am I getting to Buffalo, NY? He said don’t worry it’ll all be arranged. True to his word, an hour later a car shows up at my house and drives me to Newark Airport. It is there that I board a large private jet all the E Street Band members, Bruce would be flying in from Boston.

Needless to say, I re-kindled my relationship with Clarence Clemons, Little Steven Van Zandt, Gary Tallent, Max Weinberg and his son Jay and Roy Bittan. It was a most memorable flight. As you are probably aware, Clarence gets to have his own room known as the Temple Of Soul at the facility that Bruce will play. He has, as you might expect, a retinue of ladies that attend to his visceral needs. There is a massage bench and hypnotic music that plays as people enter to pay their respects to a musical legend and trooper. It ain’t easy blowing a saxophone all night especially whenever you’re sick. The pain in one’s temples can be very intense. In any case, Clarence gave me all his contact info and invited me to his Florida residence. Now that it’s starting to get cold, I just might take him up on it.

Then it was show time, Bruce, The E Street Band, Jon Landau and I get in a circle and hold hands backstage. Bruce then says, and I quote: “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere in the world than here with you guys at this moment”. Bruce and The E Street Band turn and take the stage to the screams of their devoted fans and begin what was to be a most memorable concert from my prospective.

Bruce takes the stage and explains how pivotal the “Greetings From Asbury Park” album was in his rise to fame, and introduces me as the guy that helped produce Greetings From Asbury Park and helped get things rolling back then. I was completely caught off guard. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the attention in front of 22,000+ rabid Springsteen fans. Needless to say Bruce and The E Street Band killed that audience for four hours straight.



Mike Appel Guest DJ on E Street Radio - Sirius XM Radio
Mike Appel Guest DJs on E Street Radio
Mon 11/30 4:00 pm ET
Catch Bruce's former manager Mike Appel playing his favorite Springsteen songs
and talking about how he got Bruce on the covers of Time and Newsweek at the same time. (1 hr)

Rebroadcast: Tues 12/1 12:00 am ET; Tues 12/1 8:00 am ET