In yesterday's Style section, phone numbers for Bruce Springsteen concert ticket orders were incorrect. Locally, call 385-0499 or 385-0044. Outside of the Washington area, call (800) 223-0120 or (800) 468-3540.
Boss Bruce Springsteen, who made his debut here 11 years ago in a 100-seat club, returns to Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on Monday, Aug. 5, and die-hard fans were camping out there yesterday, bopping to the strains of "Pink Cadillac" while they waited for tickets.
More than 52,000 tickets will go on sale this Monday at 10 a.m. at RFK, the Capital Centre, the Baltimore Civic Center and Ticketcenter locations at Hecht's stores.
All seats are reserved; tickets will cost $18.50 each, with a limit of eight tickets per customer. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and end before 11:30 p.m. As always, there will be no opening act for Springsteen and the E Street Band, which now includes longtime local favorite Nils Lofgren on guitar.
"I think this is the biggest show that's ever gone out," said Dave Williams of Cellar Door Productions, "certainly the most sought-after show from both the promoter view and the fan point of view."
"If it's more than three hours to a sellout I'd be greatly surprised."
The Aug. 5 concert is the kickoff of Springsteen's nine-week stadiums-only tour. Springsteen recently returned from three-dozen sold-out stadium dates in Europe, Japan and Australia. By the end of the current tour, which started last summer, he will have played before three million paying customers.
The fans in the ticket line were organizing themselves yesterday to ensure that their patience would be rewarded. "No fights, no fireworks, no music cranked up," said organizer Keith Erickson, 20, of Alexandria, who's been there since Sunday. "Bring games, bring cards, meet new people, go play frisbee on the parking lots . . . "
First in line was Dolores Betriccione of Philadelphia, who had brought her own support group in the form of her family, including her son Chris, 19 ("I'm number three"), his aunt, two cousins and "just a friend."
How did the Betriccione clan find the time to camp out for concert tickets?
"Nothing pressing," said Dolores Betriccione, adding that she went out "early in the morning for Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra."
There will be multiple windows open at the Capital Centre, RFK Stadium and the Baltimore Civic Center. There will also be Charge-it numbers -- 800-468-3540 and 800-385-0044 -- but Dave Williams said, "if I wanted a ticket, I would go to a window."
RFK officials are discouraging any more camping out for tickets (particularly with the city's high school all-star game coming up tonight), while Hecht's will not allow any lines until 6 a.m. on Monday. The Capital Centre will utilize the same system it used three years ago with the Rolling Stones: It will take names of those people at the Capital Centre between 2 and 3 a.m. on Monday, put them into a box and then randomly select names and assign numbers to them until all the names are gone. Anyone arriving later will be given a subsequent number.
Of the 52,306 tickets going on sale Monday, 12,000 are on the field.
No bottles, cans, coolers, cameras or recording devices will be allowed in the stadium. There will be two giant Diamondvision screens on each side of the stage. There will probably not be a second show, according to Dave Williams, who added that there will be no rain date. "The show is rain or shine."