Bruce Springsteen was in Boston Thursday (9/1) to deliver his son Evan to Boston College. During a stroll around the Public Garden he came across David Gonzalez, a busker that makes ends meet with coins and bills dropped into his guitar case while he plays in public spaces. He paused briefly to listen to Gonzalez, but moved on as others in the vicinity began to recognize him and draw closer. Not wanting to be a distraction, Bruce told the guitarist, 'I'll see you later' - which probably had Gonzalez thinking yeah, right. But shortly after the onlookers dispersed The Boss did return and the two had what Gonzalez called a long conversation. Gonzalez had wanted to see Springsteen in Buenos Aires when the Amnesty International tour was in Argentina in 1989 but could not afford to get there for it from Patagonia. Before leaving, Bruce took him up on an offer to play his Spanish guitar - and played some notes from one of the songs the busker had been performing instead of one of his own. He then departed, but not before reaching into his pocket to fish out some bills to drop into the guitar case. How much he left him Gonzalez declined to say, but he called it generous and said that Springsteen's parting words to him were '...this is for that trip you never made.'
Springsteen was later spotted having dinner with Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band. The pair then attended a club show in Cambridge by the Roy Sludge Trio, a band that features Duke Levine, a guitarist who also backs Wolf.