Some people might not remember their first concert, but we can bet that 10-year-old Halle Tator's experience will be a night to remember.
During a show at Toronto's Rogers Centre, Bruce Springsteen and his team said they had "the greatest audience we have ever had in Toronto," but The Boss had some help singing one of his hits provided by Tator.
(See Halle on stage at the 4:17 mark)
According to the Toronto Star, Halle's father, Sender Tator, who is a huge Springsteen fan and has been to over 17 of The Boss' concerts, knew that it was likely that the 62-year-old singer would choose a child to sing with him during his track "Waitin' on a Sunny Day" and helped his daughter prepare, just in case.
Armed with a sign that read, "It's my first show. I'm waiting on a sunny day," Halle was perched atop her father's shoulders when suddenly Springsteen ran across the stage and pulled her out of the crowd to sing with him on the 2003 track.
"I've seen other kids get picked and it would just make me cry and I don't even know these people," Sender said. "When it's your own kid it's unbelievable."
"He grabbed my hand and he picked me up," Halle said recalling what happened at Friday's show. "I just felt so happy I didn't really have time to be nervous."
Halle's singing ability during "Waitin' on a Sunny Day" was so good that it led some concert goers to believe that she had been planted in the audience, which is a theory that her father completely refutes.
"Two hundred million things came together. It was magical, it was fantastic," Sender said. "But like my friend said to me, 'If I didn't know you, if I didn't know Halle, I would've thought she was planted, too!'"
"It's like he honed in on her, like he had a mission," Sender said. Sharing what happened on stage between Springsteen and his daughter, the proud father added, "He said, 'So it's your first concert how are you enjoying it? Are you ready?" and, "He kept saying, 'Keep going, you're good, keep going . . . you're a good singer, keep going.'"
Reflecting on her moment, the Thornhill, Ont. girl said, "I just feel really happy because I still can't believe I got to do that."
Look for Springsteen to return to Canada on Oct. 19 as "The Wrecking Ball Tour" heads to Scotiabank Place in Ottawa and then to Hamilton's Copps Coliseum on Oct. 21.
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