"Magic" Kickoff To Bruce Springsteen Tour

Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band in a benefit rehearsal performance at the Paramount Theater in his beloved Asbury Park, N.J., on Sept. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) AP Photo

Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band opened their first tour since 2002 at the Hartford Civic Center.

The 58-year-old rocker and the band promoted their new album, "Magic." It's the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first album with his longtime bandmates since the Sept. 11-inspired "The Rising" in 2002.

Turns out the Boss can still pack 'em in. And then some.

Among the thousands of fans attending Tuesday night's concert were a contingent of Huskies -- University of Connecticut's women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, his wife, Kathy, former players Rebecca Lobo and Meghan Pattyson-Culmo and others. The UConn group was briefly delayed getting to their seats. Their packed elevator got stuck somewhere between the ground floor and a skybox. Civic Center officials say the elevator was fixed within a few minutes.

Springsteen's highly anticipated appearance in the state prompted Gov. M Jodi Rell to proclaim Tuesday "Bruce Springsteen Day in Connecticut."
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