The 25 Most Devoted Fan Bases – #17 Bruce Springsteen

Vulture- NY Magazine

Bruce Springsteen

POPULARITY: Has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide; his most recent, 2012’s Wrecking Ball, was his tenth No. 1 album; last four tours with the E Street Band have grossed more than $800 million combined. Awards: won twenty Grammys, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe; honored by the Kennedy Center in 2009.

FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS: 2.4 million

TWITTER FOLLOWERS: 278,000

FAN NICKNAME: Bruce Tramps (as in “Tramps like us … ”).

MAIN HANGOUTS: Backstreets.com, GreasyLake.org (Denmark), StonePonyLondon.net (England), PointBlankMag.com (Spain)

AVERAGE DEMOGRAPHIC: While he is a true icon to millions of middle-aged white men, Springsteen’s broader fan base is made up of both men and women between the ages of 35 to 60 who’ve followed his career for some time, or at least since 1984’s Born in the USA.

DEVOTIONAL PROFILE: Springsteen’s most ardent fans distinguish themselves through their unfailing willingness to spend a small fortune to travel to as many of his concerts as possible, in a manner at odds with their otherwise sensible and common-sense adult lifestyles. (Springsteen’s been known to acknowledge people down front whom he recognizes just from their having attended so many other shows.) The draw of these shows comes from their legendary length (he played his longest concert ever just this past August, a four-hour-and six-minute show in Helsinki), and the fact that he can change up to two-thirds of his set list from one night to the next. Seeing more shows means a better chance at notching another Springsteen “rarity,” which Bruce Tramps collect like baseball cards: On this tour, hearing the outtake “Frankie” from the Tracks collection offered particularly coveted bragging rights.

Superfans kept from a concert by a particularly stubborn obstacle — say, an ocean — will often linger on a Springsteen message board or latch onto the #springsteen hashtag on Twitter as fellow fans report in from the show, then vicariously debate the merits of the set list in real time and reminisce about that time at that show where he played that song … Bruce Tramps don’t think in lockstep and are divided over favorite albums, eras, and politics (just ask unrequited platonic lover Chris Christie), but they share the deep feeling that Springsteen’s songs and concerts have helped carry them through some of life’s toughest moments. To watch them all sway and sing along in unison at a concert is to feel like one is in a revival service among the saved.

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