STORY WRITTEN BY KAITLYN FOTI
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For the third time this September, fans of Bruce Springsteen will be lining up on the “Streets of Philadelphia” to see him.
The bandanna-donning rock legend has set aside two hours for his fans in a city near and dear to his heart. The Boss will be promoting his memoir, predictably titled “Born to Run,” Sept. 29 at the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Branch.
Instead of a standard author lecture, the working-class hero will spend the entire 120 minute session to greet fans and take pictures. Staff members from the Free Library are currently dealing with the high demand of Springsteen’s enthusiastic fans.
“The reaction has been beyond ebullient, pushing insane,” said Andy Kahan, director of Author Events for the library. “People really want to come obviously, especially in the wake of his multiple concert dates here to close out his tour.”
Along with his E Street Band, Springsteen played two marathon concerts at Citizens Bank Park Sept. 7 and 9, for a total of nearly eight hours, 67 songs and one record broken for longest show played by the band in the U.S. The first of the two shows clocked in at four hours and four minutes and has already gained legendary status among fans.
Now, the “King of the Alley” is going from stadiums to libraries promoting the memoir, and the Parkway branch is gearing up for the visit by putting in place crowd control plans. Kahan also said that even the technology has to be prepared for an onslaught of E Street fans.
“We have to make sure the ticket servers have been stress tested. That’s the major thing we really need to do,” he said. “I can’t even imagine how many people will go on to get tickets at the same time.”
And how many tickets are available?
“I’m not at liberty to say, but it will be enough to make a lot of people happy,” Kahan said.
The tickets cost $33, and come with a pre-signed copy of the memoir (yes, they are really hand-signed by the Boss). Fans can begin lining up at 10:30 a.m., for the meet and greet starting at noon. Everyone who gets a ticket has a guarantee of at least a few seconds with the gravel-voiced superstar. The event page recommends those in line have their cameras or phones ready for a picture or selfie with the denim-clad son of Jersey.