On-line petition to bring Springsteen to Israel
The last time, I wrote a naively impassioned open letter to the Boss detailing why a show at Hayarkon Park was imperative. It didn’t do any good. But as dates for Springsteen’s 2013 summer tour of the continent begin filling up, another effort is under way to prompt him to follow in the footsteps of U2, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Guns & Roses, and countless other world superstars who have brought their shows to our humble but very welcoming neighborhood.
Young Jerusalem resident Monty Oppenheim attended Springsteen’s Gillette Stadium show outside of Boston last summer with his father, James, a longtime fan. Through a series of circumstances, they ended up near the stage and when Springsteen, as he customarily does, grabbed someone from the audience for a singalong onstage, he chose Monty.
Monty wants a repeat performance, so he’s launched an online petition on Facebook to call on Springsteen to add Tel Aviv to his summer itinerary.
Whether it’s always been a matter of logistics, finances and scheduling, or whether something more sinister is at work about why Springsteen’s never been able to get her (I hope that’s not the case), now is the time for Springsteen fans in Israel to make their voices heard.
There may not be any tours after this one, even though the Boss and the band are performing stronger than ever. So help Monty – and the rest of us Springsteen fans – realize our dreams of hearing ‘The Promised Land’ in the promised land.