2012 saw the beginnings of Burgers and Bruce and it’s been a mighty burger eating and Bruce watching year.
|Where It All Began
|Shack Burger – coming soon to London!
I got round to that first post in July 2012. The months were spent trotting from one glorious burger to the next, from the award winning The Hole In The Wall in the Cambridgeshire countryside, to street stall Mother Flipper.
The Summer was made even better by a flurry of live Springsteen dates. Following the two concerts in NY, I had a break for going on to Florence to experience the ‘Frenzy in Firenze’, with hard core Italians who love to dance to Bruce in the torrential rain. I took a break from burgers for a mammoth six days and traveled to the Amalfi Coast to gorge on pizza and pasta.
|Frenzy in Firenze 2012 (from Springsteen.net)
From Italy it was on to the less romantic Manchester, where unsurprisingly, the rain continued, but Bruce kept the crowds happy with a 30 song set list. ‘Atlantic City’ was a highlight of the night. Oh and the close up photo below.
Of course I had time to check out Manchester’s emerging burger scene, ticking the dirty burgers at Almost Famous and towering Inka grilled burgers at SoLIta off my list.
|Almost Famous Manchester
Two days later it was a long journey from Manchester to the muddy fields at the Isle of Wight Festival, my first concert where I have managed to get to the very very front and on the barrier. An incredible set list was delivered, quite literally, into my hands at the end of the night, with a spur of the moment ‘Because The Night’ added about half way through. Brilliant.
|Isle Of Wight Setlist
|Isle Of Wight 2012
Between the IOW fest in June and Hyde Park date in July, I had time to twiddle my thumbs and enjoy some of London’s hottest burger offerings, some of the best being the reliable Honest, very messy Lucky Chip and ‘luxury burger’ at Rivington Grill.
|The Honest Burger
I also saw another childhood favourite in concert, Southside Johnny and
the Asbury Jukes, who Bruce Springsteen has has written for and performed with. That evening, my very lucky friend ran into the super cool Jake Clemons, the Big Man Clarence Clemons’ nephew.
|As close as you can get?
|London Hyde Park 2012
Following my last concert of the year in London, I went through a bad patch, a serious case of the Bruce Blues, unsure if there would be a 2013 tour and hating the uncertainty of when Bruce fans like me would see the band play together again. Burgers provided a welcome distraction (New York style Bleeker St Burger being one of the best) as I kept an eye on the set lists as the tour continued in the US.
|Bleeker St Burger
The months trundled on, and in October I was distressed to miss the pop up in London from California burger experts In-N-Out, but consoled myself when I found a retro In-N-Out varsity jacket in my local charity shop.
|Burger eating uniform
I kept myself busy listening to my favourite Springsteen tunes and even remixes (I’m On Fire), drinking pints of ‘The Boss’ and in November I was teased with an announcement of Bruce playing in
Rio de Janeiro Brazil in September 2013. That’s one I insisted all fans must try to go to.
|Patty & Bun
The burger eating will continue with gusto into 2013 but my Bruce tour will continue also, and I’ve been mapping out my travel plans around the various dates.