Bruce Springsteen. Photo by Reuters
The man who named an asteroid after Bruce Springsteen
would love to see the musician perform in Dunedin.
The 63-year-old American musician known as the Boss to his
legions of fans has confirmed he and the E Street Band will
play at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium on March 1.
It will be only the second time in his nearly 50-year career
he has played in New Zealand, but his connection to the
country does not end there.
Long-time Springsteen fan Ian Griffin, the newly installed
Otago Museum director, was in Auckland working at the
observatory in 1999 when he found and named the Springsteen
The English-born physicist and astronomer told the Otago
Daily Times the person who found an asteroid had the
privilege of suggesting a name for it. While in Auckland, he
found three, naming them Auckland, Maungakiekie and
''You take lots of pictures of the sky and then you line them
all up and make a little movie and the asteroids move; it is
kind of cool.
"That is how you tell they are asteroids. You then measure
their position and compare them to the positions of all known
In total, he had named about 28 asteroids, naming them after
his wife, children, parents, parents-in-laws, and one
Arsenewenger, after the manager of the Arsenal football team.
As for the Springsteen asteroid, ''I didn't do it for the
publicity. I did it because I appreciate his music.''
Dr Griffin said he sought permission from Springsteen to name
the asteroid after him, and was told via his record company
the musician was aware of it.
Dr Griffin, who planned to attend the Auckland concert, said
he had seen
Springsteen perform about 15 times.
''He is awesome; the concerts are epic.''
Dr Griffin said he would support a social media campaign to
get the singer to play in Dunedin, and ''if he has problems
booking the [Forsyth Barr] stadium, he can have the Hutton
Theatre for free ... that sits 300 people''.
''We also do concerts on Sunday afternoon in the atrium, so
if he is looking for a booking ...''