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That's why they call him "The Boss."

Bruce Springsteen, at his concert Sunday night at Chaifetz Arena, brought a young STL man up on stage and allowed him to join the E Street Band for one song.

Tom England, a 22-year-old CBC High grad (2012) who now is a senior at La Salle University in Philadelphia, was brought up to join in on "Working on the Highway."

"I don't remember the two songs he played after I was up there," England said. "It was so cool."

England said his parents bought him a general admission ticket as a Christmas present. His father, Mike England, is president of St. Mary's High School, and his mother, Lucy England, is volunteer manager for the Little Bit Foundation.

But his ticket qualified him for a lottery drawing to see which lucky ticket holders would get premium places in the orchestra pit. And England was chosen.

"I was in the third row. I was five feet from Bruce," England said, adding that he brought a poster with him.

"It said 'Can I work on the highway with the E Street Band?" and I had Photoshopped a pic of me leaning into Springsteen and singing the song," England said.

After finishing his 21st song of the evening, Springsteen looked down at England and said, "What do you want to do?"

"I told him I wanted to sing with him and the band," England said. "He said 'I hope you know what you're doing'."

After performing admirably, at times sharing mics with both Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt, England and The Boss hugged it out.

"Then he held his hand out for the guitar," England said. "So I asked 'I gotta give it back?' And he said 'Yeah, you gotta give it back.'"

As England left the stage, Springsteen told the audience, "He did good."

"My phone was blowing up when I got down from the stage. And it went dead right after that, which was probably good because then I got to just listen to rest of the concert and not worry about" calls and texts.

England will graduate in May with degrees in marketing and management. But he can't imagine any graduation celebration to match Sunday's momentous event.

"I wish I could think of a better word than 'cool,'" England said. "But it was just so cool."

Joe Holleman is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.