Springsteen Day kicks off 'Magic' tour


HARTFORD, Conn. -- It wasn't just any Tuesday in Connecticut. It was officially "Bruce Springsteen Day."

Springsteen and his E Street Band were to open their first tour since 2002 at the Hartford Civic Center on Tuesday night. They're promoting their new album, "Magic."

Gov. Jodi Rell issued a proclamation honoring the multiple Grammy winner for his contributions to American music and declared Oct. 2 as "Bruce Springsteen Day in Connecticut."

"Magic" is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first album with his longtime bandmates since the Sept. 11-inspired "The Rising" in 2002.

Springsteen, 58, released a solo acoustic effort, "Devils & Dust," in 2005 and the folk-inspired "The Seeger Sessions" last year.