Bruce Springsteen Invites Teenager on Stage Who Steals the Show

One teenager found a very good excuse for missing school: playing on-stage with Bruce Springsteen.

During a Thursday concert at Australia’s Brisbane Entertainment Center, teenager Nathan Testa caught the Boss’ attention with a cheeky sign that read, “Missed school, in the s—, now can I play ‘Growin’ Up’ with you?”

“You know it on guitar?,” Springsteen asked upon noticing the sign. After an enthusiastic “yes!,” Springsteen told him, “Come on up!”

Testa hopped up on stage where Springsteen’s guitar tech, Kevin Buell, handed him an acoustic guitar. To Testa’s credit, he did in fact know the song, strumming the tune from Springsteen’s 1973 debut album “Greetings From Asbury Park” and even sharing the mic with the musician at some points.

While the teenager was missing school, he still learned a lesson — in rock and roll, that is. Springsteen took the opportunity to educate him on the stage, saying, “Before we continue, a lesson.”

“When I was your age, I brought my first guitar, and I realized, it wasn’t how well you played it, but how good you looked doing it,” the 67-year-old musician said. “So I go in front of the mirror trying out different poses.”

For the full effect, he then struck several of his iconic rock and roll poses in front of the enthusiastic crowd.

With a story like that, one can’t imagine Testa’s teachers will be too mad at him for skipping out on school.

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    1. Goldie says:

      Even though I do not agree with Bruce’s politics, he is a good man. This mad me smile! One question: how is it this same kid was picked from the crowd in 2014 to sing with Bruce on Waitin’ On A Sunny Day? EH???

    2. Laura Joy says:

      This was wonderful to see and hear, a great and uplifting story for once! I am very happy for the young fellow and proud of both Springsteen and him.

    3. john Trotter says:

      Springsteen. My hero, after all these years.

    4. Steve Toback says:

      That made me smile. Big.

    5. Pope Of Hollywood says:

      What a lovely man…

    6. John says:

      Yall can keep him down there in Australia.

    7. Terry Carney says:

      Bruce Springsteen is a very good human

    8. Andrew H Masset III says:

      That was just so friggin cool!!! What a great thing to do and make that kid a memory he will never forget!!! Kid was good too!!!

    9. Sherri says:

      That’s why he’s the Boss!!❤️

    10. lorieconway says:

      Springsteen shows yet again what true class really is….giving Nathan a shot on stage is what makes him the BOSS!

    11. Radu says:

      Ha ha ha sure! it just happend!…..Get serious it was planned.Well planned!

    12. Ruth Deutsch says:

      Very cool and so unexpected. Hardly any singers will give someone in the audience that kind of experience – good for Bruce!

      • Alan Stein says:

        Whatever lessons he missed in school would have, most assuredly, been forgotten in time. But he will ALWAYS remember the personal rock and roll lesson that he got onstage from The Boss, with powerful backing from The E Street Band.

        Hopefully, the school’s administrators will cut him some slack and remember how they felt when they were “Growin’ Up”.

    13. Wilma Flintstone says:

      Good guitar playing but off key the whole time. That was hard to listen to

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