Every Bruce Springsteen fan dreams of meeting the iconic New Jersey rocker, but of course, with millions of musical devotees around the world, that wish doesn’t come true for everyone. But for London-based writer Hannah, who runs the blog Burgers and Bruce, about her obsession with the musical legend and the beloved foodstuff, her dream came true in 2013 when the two were staying at the same hotel.
She asked him to take a photo with her, which he of course obliged, and coaxed the singer into sharing his favorite burger. He told her, “A burger in 1950s America. It’s nothing like what you get now. A thin little patty, squirted with ketchup, and that’s the only type of burger there was. So I still have a fondness for a good diner burger.” He added that, “There’s an art to it, but it’s mostly lost. There’s only a few places that sell a really good diner burger.” It makes sense that the musician, who earned $60.5 million in 2016 and scored a spot on Forbes‘ annual Highest Paid Musicians list, likes his hamburgers without frills, given that old fashioned ice cream joint Jersey Freeze is one of his favorites.
Hannah has passionately blogged about Bruce’s shows, such as one in Milan in July in which she opened up about getting emotional, writing, “All I know is there were tears. Piles and piles of them though that Land of Hope and Dreams opener, and then dotted through that 35 song setlist. Tears of what? I don’t know. Happiness? Relief? Tears of tiredness? Whatever they were, they were tears I didn’t realise I had in me. But then that’s what a Bruce show does to you.”
Of her obsession with seeing The Boss play live, which Hannah has done in the U.S. as well as South Africa, Sweden, Italy and the UK, among other countries, she writes on her site, “With every show you’re treated to around 30 songs. Not the same old songs sung in the same order – there are 17 albums of material to choose from, so Springsteen and the E Street Band become a live juke box, often playing obscure sign requests from the crowd, each show completely different to the last. With an average three and a half hour playing time, Springsteen guarantees value for money of the musical variety. He shows huge respect and gratitude to his fans, continually acknowledging their dedication, and he will never be the type to charge crippling ticket prices for a lacklustre 90-minute gig.”
When she’s not blogging, Hannah interviews celebrities such as James McAvoy, who she got to reveal that he too digs the Boss’s music. The X-Men: Apocalypse actor noted, “I’ve never been a humongous fan, but I’ve seen him live at the Emirates and that was pretty cool. It was awesome actually. But I think burgers… and Bruce Springsteen… is a holy combination.”
If you’re also a fan of Bruce and burgers (together or separately), you’ll want to follow Hannah’s Instagram account, where she posts about her life as well as her favorite rock star and plenty of food photos.