"Hello, Ohio!” he yelled to the masses at the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The Boss then repeated the gaffe a few more times until, finally, guitarist Steven Van Zandt appeared to whisper a correction in his ear.
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“I’m all right,” the “visibly self-conscious” rocker said afterward. “That is every front man’s nightmare.”
No worries. The Detroit crowd forgave him and Springsteen later treated fans to a full run-though of the “Born to Run” album, the Free Press reports.
Springsteen’s certainly not the first star to mix up his tour itinerary on stage, a rock cliché lampooned in the faux documentary “This is Spinal Tap!” when a band member yells out “Hello, Cleveland!” heading into a Chicago show.
Rapper Kanye West also once lamented his own “Spinal Tap” moment after mistaking Sacramento for Seattle.
"I can't believe I bust a spinal tap! It's no excuse for this I wish I could sink in a black whole [sic]," West wrote on his blog at the time.