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Bruce Springsteen Wrote A Tardy Note For A 4th Grader After Concert Went Late

Bruce Springsteen at the L.A. Sports Arena (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Bruce Springsteen wrote a note to the teacher of a 9-year-old boy, blaming the child's future tardiness on rock and roll. The Boss has been touring around the country playing the 1980 album The River in its entirety. In Los Angeles, he and the E Street Band booked three shows at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena. Two have already passed, but the final show will be on Saturday, March 19.

On the 15th, 9-year-old Xabi Glovsky was in attendance. Unfortunately, the 15th—being a Tuesday—was a school night. Springsteen shows, of course, are marathons. This particular sold-out show lasted three and a half hours, powering through 35 songs and ending just shy of midnight, according to TODAY. Needless to say, little Xabi stayed out past his bedtime.

Anticipating his tardiness at school the next day, Xabi held up a sign that read: "Bruce, I will be late to school tomorrow. Please sign my note."

When Springsteen saw the sign at the end of the show, he gestured to security to take Xabi and his father, Scott Glovsky, backstage. Glovsky told Springsteen fan site Backstreets that he personally has been a Springsteen fan for over 30 years and has seen him in concert over 100 times. He described the encounter in which the 66-year-old rock star wrote a letter to Xabi's fourth grade teacher, Ms. Jackson.

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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.

The note reads: "Xabi has been out very late rocking + rolling. Please excuse him if he is tardy!"

We're hoping Ms. Jackson found it within her heart to excuse Xabi, because as the Boss says in "No Surrender": "We learned more from a three-minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school."