Austintown superfan hits Quicken Loans stage with Springsteen

Scott Williams lived the dream, playing guitar and singing with The Boss.

Springsteen and Austintown fan. Feb. 23, 2016
Scott Williams of Austintown (right) performs with Bruce Springsteen (center) at the rocker's Feb. 23, 2016 concert at Quicken Loans Arena. Scott has met Springsteen a few times, including 2012 when the photo on his shirt was taken. (Photo: Courtesy Scott Williams).

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A local college student got the chance of a lifetime in Cleveland Tuesday night.

Scott Williams, 21, got pulled up on stage at Quicken Loans Arena to play guitar and sing and dance with Bruce Springsteen.


“At the beginning of (Springsteen’s hit) ‘Dancing in the Dark,’ I had a sign that said ‘All I want is a dance with you,'” the Austintown man said. “And it had a picture of Bruce and I on it. I put my sign on stage, and he laughed at it, and he points to me and says ‘I’ll be back’.”

This was Scott’s 16th Springsteen concert. His first was in 2009, and he has been a superfan ever since.

Williams said he has met his idol several times but never got to go on stage until Tuesday.

Later in the show, Williams says, “(Springsteen) said, ‘Come on,’ and I went up there and danced a little bit. And he says, ‘C’mon, lets play the guitar.’ I don’t think I played the right chords.”

Scott says he plans on going to two more concerts this week and traveling to at least five more over the spring. He has the money for these concerts by saving a little from each paycheck.

Scott said besides the music, he is a fan of Springsteen’s because of the way he engages the crowd.

One of Scott’s favorite songs that The Boss performed last night was, of course, “Youngstown.”

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