Hi, Diane ... We do like JB; saw him several times in concert many, many years ago; mostly when I was younger and concert tickets were cheaper!.
I also love the Pretender album (your article says that was his first album... it wasn't his first; the Pretender was his fourth, in 1976) but I actually do remember that tour. He has a lot of great old songs.
The one thing I remember about JB was reading that, when he was very young, he played music with Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash and a few members of the Mamas and Papas ... he hung out in Laurel Canyon with that bunch of folks.
I can appreciate love for a great musicians ...I am a diehard Springsteen fan, myself,