The Long Trek to Bruce: Simon interviews Bruce Springsteen fans from Luxembourg at the Christchurch concert!

Bruce Springsteen live in Christchurch

Bruce Springsteen live in Christchurch

Rubbing shoulders with fellow Springsteen fans near the front of stage produces plenty of banter and comparing of Bruce stories. In 2014 at Auckland’s Mount Smart stadium I met a woman from Springsteen’s home state of New Jersey who’d seen him more than a hundred times. Impressive, but perhaps even a better story came from a small group of intrepid travellers I bumped into at Christchurch’s AMI stadium this week.

I saw a couple had the word “Luxembourg” on their t-shirts. At first I assumed they were Kiwis who had visited Luxembourg. But upon hearing their accent I realised that was far wide of the mark. They were FROM Luxembourg. Talk about commitment!  There were three of them, all married men with kids whose wives had said, guys, go chase that dream while you’re young enough and we’ll hold the fort back home. Alain Ronkali was an airline pilot turned union representative, while Oistein Schmit was a high school geography teacher. And because Oistein only had a week break from school, they all committed to the New Zealand expedition within that time frame. In fact Oistein would arrive back in Luxembourg on a Sunday night and be back teaching on the Monday morning. What drove them to it? I got time to have a quick chat, which you can listen to here. I didn’t see them after the show, but I hope they enjoyed it and enjoyed their time in our country. Prost, Alain and Oistein!

Bruce Springsteen live in Christchurch

Bruce Springsteen live in Christchurch

1 comment for “The Long Trek to Bruce: Simon interviews Bruce Springsteen fans from Luxembourg at the Christchurch concert!

  1. Oistein
    24 March, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks a lot for this nice article, we had a great time at the concert and during the week in NZL. Travelling back 2×12 h, 5 h layover in Shanghai and 12 h time difference was tough, we arrived in Luxembourg at 10 pm on Sunday evening and i was at work on Monday at 9 😅.
    We had seen some concerts of The Boss before so it did not come as a surprise that the concert itself was great. It was spectacular though that, after a petition from Christchurch, Springsteen decided to play almost exactly 6 years after the earthquake (Understandably emotions ran high during ‘My city of ruins’).
    What was also different compared to other concerts though was how great and nice people were.
    We travelled 18.000 km to see The Boss this time but we’ll be back for the country and the people!

    Greetings from Luxembourg,

    Oistein

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