Only when Springsteen showed their mom his credit cards and Steve held a Springsteen album close to his face did she start to believe them.
Bruce Springsteen is a legend not just for his music, but also because of how heartwarmingly he treats his fans. One of these stories was shared by him on BBC's "The Graham Norton Show." The legendary musician recalls a meeting with one of his fans back in the 1980s. In St. Louis, Springsteen took a night off from his tour and went by himself to a nearby movie theater to see Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories." Springsteen recalled that a little boy approached him in the foyer and asked him to sit with him and a girl. The star gave in. They then watched the movie, in which Allen's portrayal of a filmmaker loses patience with his fans. “Is that how you feel about your fans?” Springsteen said the kid asked him. “Well, not so much,” Springsteen recalled answering.
A lot of people don't believe this story but it's 100% true.— Danny Boy (@Care2much18) November 13, 2022
The fan he met was Steve Satanovsky and there's a 1981 news report about it.
Bruce also dedicated a song - Twist and Shout - to Miss Sophie (Steve's mom) in St. Louis in 2008.https://t.co/F3zdxiVcFr
The superstar was then invited to the youngster's home to meet his parents. Springsteen shared that he gave another "okay" in response. Thus, started a beautifully unexpected experience in which the young boy had problems persuading his mother that Springsteen was actually at home. When she eventually realized it was the rock singer, she made Springsteen a late-night snack. St. Louis Post reports that the fan's mother, Sophie Satanovsky, was actually a huge fan of Springsteen herself.
When Steve and Lisa, Sophie's children, welcomed a stranger into their Creve Coeur house and presented him as Bruce Springsteen, Satanovsky said, "Right, and I'm Raquel Welch." Only when Springsteen showed her his credit cards and Steve held a Springsteen album close to his face did she start to believe them. Then Sophie chastised Springsteen and her son for letting a stranger into their car.
"He said, 'They looked like good kids to me,'" Sophie, 80 years old when she spoke to the publication, said, adding, "He was very likable, very sociable. He was easy company to be with." Although with a few different facts, a friend of the fan corroborated the meeting in the book "Bruce Springsteen The Day I Was There," according to This Day in Music. Steve, the kid Springsteen referred to, was actually there with his sister. The mother didn't recognize Springsteen when he went home with him; she didn't know it was Springsteen until he gave her his American Express card. The book also claims that when Steve passed away in 2003, Springsteen sang "The Promised Land" as a concert tribute to him.
Bruce Springsteen told Graham Norton about meeting a fan in St. Louis, and then going to their house to meet their mom. Here's our story about that meeting, from 2005: https://t.co/otslnBOS91— St. Louis Post-Dispatch (@stltoday) November 14, 2022
A fan shared their own story of meeting Springsteen via a tweet. They wrote, "He's a gent and a total pro, once got to spend a morning with the E Street Band after a gig, they were to a man and woman, generous, courteous, and professional, best day at work ever."
Another fan shared a cute story, saying, "I did meet him! In Dublin. Met him, his son, Steve Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, and Nils Logren, all over the course of the same weekend, as we were staying in the same hotel. All the other names I was fine with - I had a Guinness with one, joined another for breakfast - but Springsteen himself? I genuinely could not get a word out. I was struck dumb. He must have thought I was a complete and utter moron!! Still amazing, though!!"