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Springsteen Late for L.A. Concert

October 19, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bruce Springsteen took the stage an hour late for the first public concert at the Staples Center, but few fans seemed to care.

Springsteen joked with the audience Sunday that when he first arrived he thought he was playing at an office supplies store. And he quipped: ``The water pressure in the shower backstage, for what they paid for it, is not what it should be.″

The concert was the first event in the 20,000-seat arena, which was built in a year and a half by construction crews working 18 hours a day, six days a week.

``If he was playing at the House of Pancakes, it wouldn’t matter,″ said Debbie Steinberg of Los Angeles, who was wearing a Springsteen tour shirt. ``I think he’s one of the best live performers of the century.″

``I really wanted to come and see Springsteen tonight,″ Robyn Morningstar said. ``I’m going to see Ricky Martin here later, but I’m glad he’s not the one opening it.″

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