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Bruce Springsteen kicks off tour in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) -- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off the North American leg of their world tour in Cincinnati Tuesday night.
Springsteen's loyal fans roared when he appeared on stage opening with hits such as "Badlands."
"Acts today don't put on shows like Bruce does," said Gary Ziegelmeyer who's seen Bruce Springsteen in concert 30 times. "We've seen him in New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania."
Ziegelmeyer brought his daughter to her first Springsteen show.
"I'm really excited. My parents have seen them a bunch they've kind of showed us the music since we've been little and we're finally getting to see him," Meredith Ziegelmeyer said.
Springsteen last performed in Cincinnati in 2008. Some big names have bypassed Cincinnati in recent years. But a representative from the arena said he's always talking with big acts about stopping in Cincinnati. The company that owns the arena is planning a $650,000 renovation to the facility which would add 1,300 seats bringing the number available to 18,500. Increasing the number of seats could attract bands looking to sell as many seats as possible.
Music fan Matt Davidson said he'd like to see more big acts in his backyard.
"Whenever we can attract a major act like that and there's no reason Cincinnati shouldn't. It's a fantastic city, it makes it real convenient for us," Davidson said.
For Gary Ziegelmeyer, it doesn't get much better than watching Bruce Springsteen play.
"He's the best rock and roll act in the last 50 years. He never acts like he doesn't want to be there and three hour plus shows, nobody like him."
Recently, The Eagles sold out U.S. Bank Arena. Bruno Mars will play in front of a sold out crowd in June.
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