June 21st - summer solstice - at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland. The Man of the Place got tickets and knowing my history with The Boss, I got the other ticket. I haven't been to a concert in a stadium for a long time - Rolling Stones in Miami in '88 or '89.
After work we headed over to Sunderland. It is a trip we do often but usually for football. This was the first non-football event The Man of the Place has ever attended at the stadium.
A former work colleague and friend of mine opened up a tea room a few months ago, Serendipity - Tea and Trinkets. I have been wanting to come in to see her and visit the shop since it opened and this was a perfect opportunity to do that. June is awesome - and it was her birthday.
|The Boss - club sandwich|
I did manage to find room for a cupcake.
It was pouring with rain as we drove across to Sunderland and raining while we walked to her shop, so I skipped the promotional beer or Thunder Road cocktail in favour of tea.
|Our damp view of the stage|
|Sunderland fans attend a non-football event|
Here are some of my efforts:
And this one
It was quite tempting to take photos of the big screen rather than Bruce himself. I thought that was silly. If I can't get a good shot of the actual person, I'll just give up and get some better photos from some other source.
This is the crowd on the way out of the stadium. It was much worse than game days. On days when there is a home game - there are park and ride buses that help filter the thousands away and coaches that have designated areas. As it was, most people came in private cars.
The rain eased up just as the show started and kept away until we were in the car on the way home. I was VERY glad to get back to the car. I didn't realise until we got to the stadium that our tickets were down in front and not in the seats. Oops. I wore the wrong shoes. I wore cute boots with a heel. They were not good for standing for hours. On the way back to the car, I stopped to take them off . It wasn't much better at that point and I put them back on. My feet were throbbing when I got into bed later.
I will say this much. I didn't actually notice my feet were hurting during the show. I was transported! Such a good show. I felt like I was 18 all over again. Thanks Bruce.