On Springsteen Tour, Nobody Gets Comped (Though Credit Cards Are Accepted)
Though they were just deservedly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band will still have to break out the plastic if they want to arrange concert tickets for friends.
A 2014 tour handbook distributed to band and road crew members notes that, “There are no complimentary tickets for the show.” The document, prepared by tour director George Travis, helpfully notes that, “We will supply credit card forms so tickets can be paid for in advance.”
After performing a series of dates earlier this year in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, Springsteen & Co. this month opened a 17-show tour leg that includes performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and a Connecticut casino.
The Springsteen handbook also contains a section on “Public Awareness / Social Media” that cautions tour personnel about “posting any tidbit” of personal blogs, Twitter, or Facebook. “Sometimes it’s good therapy to write that note, but maybe hold off on hitting the send!”
Springsteen himself has been less cautious “on hitting the send,” judging by a recent selfie tear that has amused the performer's Instagram followers. Along with shots of him riding his motorcycle and posing in front of assorted signs, Springsteen uploaded the above photo from inside a roadside tavern near Lake Okeechobee in Florida.