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The Boss Gets His Own Day in Connecticut

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October 2, 2007 08:29 AM EST | AP


HARTFORD, Conn. — It isn't just any Tuesday in Connecticut. It's officially "Bruce Springsteen Day" _ according to Gov. Jodi Rell.

The Boss and his E Street Band open their first tour in four years Tuesday night at the Hartford Civic Center. They're promoting their new album, "Magic."

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."

Aside from the atmospheric title track, "Magic" returns Springsteen, 58, to rock 'n' roll, and all 11 songs are new. He released a solo acoustic effort, "Devils & Dust," in 2005 and the folk-inspired "The Seeger Sessions" last year.

"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.