by Bill Forman
Tickets were sold out weeks in advance for Bruce Springsteen's two-night run at Chicago's Wrigley Field back in September. But surprisingly enough, they're still available for this coming Monday's one-night stand at Denver's Pepsi Center, a venue with less than half the capacity of Wrigley Field.
That said, procrastinating Springsteen fans might not want to wait TOO long. The veteran rock icon's performance with his E Street Band at this year's South By Southwest music conference was a thing to behold, a 2-1/2 hour set with more vitality than anyone had the right to expect.
Springsteen also gave the keynote address at the Austin event, during which he recounted the history of his musical obsessions along with some advice for younger artists that may also be useful for folks who'll never plug in a guitar or set foot onstage:
"Don't take yourself too seriously, and take yourself as seriously as death itself. Don't worry. Worry your ass off. Have ironclad confidence, but doubt — it keeps you awake and alert. Believe you are the baddest ass in town, and, you suck! It keeps you honest. Be able to keep two completely contradictory ideas alive and well inside of your heart and head at all times. If it doesn't drive you crazy, it will make you strong."
In other news, Springsteen will be part of the newly announced 12.12.12 (A Concert for Sandy Relief) event at Madison Square Garden. Other performers will include the Who, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, and Jon Bon Jovi. No onsale date for tickets as yet, but you can "like" the event's Facebook page to keep up-to-date.
P.S. Earlier this morning, Dave Grohl was announced as next year's SXSW keynote speaker.