1996-05-08 Palacio De Congresos Y Exposiciones, Madrid, Spain

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Final show of the first European leg of the Solo Acoustic Tour. During the soundcheck Bruce tried out a verse in Spanish for "Across The Border" - but it didn't work out, so it was not done in the show. After the show Bruce, crew & friends went to 'Samarkanda' nightclub for a Sony PR party. Surprisingly, while backstage, Bruce had told everyone (working people included), that they were invited to the party. Once there, Bruce received an IFPI Platinum Certification Award for retail sales of 1 million copies of the The Ghost Of Tom Joad album across Europe. During his acceptance speech Springsteen spoke about his debut album and remembering seeing the famous red Columbia label on it, "like the Bob Dylan albums," and then he knew "I was on the right label." Attendees included top Sony Music executive Don Ienner, plus Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, and Dave Marsh. Following his speech, Springsteen was besieged by many from Sony and after five minutes Bruce slowly walked through the crowd and went to the corner where our little party was (basically people who worked at the show, not fans nor industry-type people). He thanked the people in the group and had a champagne toast with us! It was great to see him up close, talking directly and looking into your eyes. He stayed all night dancing with the girls in our group. At around 5.00am, Bruce and his crew left straight to the Madrid airport.

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