Could Bruce Springsteen Play The Horseshoe Tonight?
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Could Bruce Springsteen Play The Horseshoe Tonight?

Springsteen at Tuesday’s gala. Photo by Sam Javanrouh/Torontoist.

Might the Boss grace Toronto music fans with one of his legendary, spontaneous club shows? The odds are long—but they’re not nothing.

Rocker Jesse Malin is performing at the Horsehoe Tavern tonight. Springsteen’s dropped in on Malin shows to play previously, and the ‘Shoe’s website has been keeping its fingers crossed for weeks that the stars could align, if only Bruce would stay in town:

Now this is the night [Springsteen] COULD show – We’re laying odds about twelve thousand to one, but if for some reason he ain’t jetting away back to New Jersey, anything is possible, I mean the fucking SPECIALS just played in Toronto, PAUL WELLER is doing JAM songs, GUIDED BY VOICES reformed, again – lol, I mean who knows what’s musically possible anymore, right?

Springsteen was here on Wednesday for TIFF’s red carpet gala presentation of The Promise, as well as a Q&A session with Edward Norton. At the time, Horseshoe co-owner Jeff Cohen was cautious, posting on a Springsteen discussion board that “he could very well be going home any time later today, though our fringers [sic] are crossed his stays over one more night, because of the obvious.”
Cohen—a diehard Boss fan—had largely dismissed the possibility of Springsteen dropping by; he assumed that the singer would hop on his private jet and fly back to New Jersey as soon as The Promise was over. But the Boss stayed: Springsteen attended a Sony party at Coco Lezzone, on College Street Wednesday afternoon (and posed for pictures!). Now, something Cohen dismissed as “a zillion to one shot” only a week ago has started to look like it might only be highly improbable.
Cohen told Torontoist in an email that he figures he’d drop the odds to as good as five hundred to one if he actually knew Bruce was staying overnight, too. But even then, he figures Springsteen might just want to hang at the bar and enjoy the respectful treatment of Toronto’s music fans. (Cohen’s official Vegas line on Springsteen being in his club and getting up on stage? Back up to five thousand to one.)
We left a message with the PR folks at Sony Music Canada, and while we haven’t heard back from them, it’s not like we expect them to say, “Oh sure, he’ll be there,” either.
If you’re sitting at your computer, or even strolling down Queen Street reading this on your iPhone and thinking of running over, save yourself the trouble. “Luckily the show is sold out in advance,” Cohen explains—it sold-out Monday—”and all the non-muzoids, those who perhaps don’t understand our indie community can’t get in…so we could at least assure Bruce of a visit here to be quite relaxed and peaceful.”
But if you’ve got one of the $15 ducats in your hand? Prepare to sell it to someone at a ridiculously inflated price—tickets for the show are now going for upwards of $100 on Craigslist—or, just maybe, keep it and have a night you won’t forget.
Additional reporting by Ashley Carter/Torontoist.
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