Bruce Springsteen Wrote a Tardy Note for a 9-Year-Old Who Sat Through His 3.5 Hour Set

Bruce Springsteen did a cute thing, apart from simply being Bruce Springsteen.

Springsteen’s latest tour sees the singer performing The River in its entirety. That album happens to be a 20-song double album, and on top of that, the Boss played 15 other songs with the E Street Band, in a recent concert stretching 3.5 hours and ending at 11:40 at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena. (Still an hour before a recent Madonna concert began.)

One of Springsteen’s megafans in attendance was Scott Glovsky,  a man who has allegedly seen Springsteen perform over 100 times. He was accompanied by his 9-year-old boy, Xabi, who, as a 9-year-old, had to go back to being a normal fourth grader the next morning. (Whether or not Xabi himself was a much of a fan of his dad’s dad-rock fave as his dad is unclear.) Xabi was holding up a up a sign that read, “Bruce, I will be late to school tomorrow. Please sign my note.”

The rocker reportedly saw the sign towards the end of the performance, and asked for a security guard to bring Xabi and his father backstage, where he wrote up an excuse note for him, which said, “Dear Ms. Jackson, Xabi has been out very late rocking + rolling. Please excuse him if he is tardy!” Xabi’s father described it to Springsteen fansite Backstreets.com:

Bruce sat down on a couch and started to talk with Xabi, asking for the name of his teacher and how Xabi spelled his name, pulling out a piece of paper and a pen. As Xabi sat next to him on the couch, Bruce thoughtfully and artistically created this beautiful note. It was very interesting to watch the artist at work. They talked for a few minutes, and Bruce was incredibly nice, caring and generous.