CINCINNATI -- Hundreds of fans turned out Tuesday for a chance to meet Bruce Springsteen at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
The rock legend visited the Norwood store to promote his new memoir "Born to Run."
"I'm a huge fan," said Holly Mouch of White Oak. "I go to every concert. It was awesome … He's so cool and down-to-earth."
Mouch waited for more than two hours to get a signed copy of Springsteen's book and a photograph with the New Jersey native. She said she even snagged a kiss from "The Boss."
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Others in the crowd said they had skipped work and pulled their children from school for the chance to meet Springsteen. One proud mother told her young son that the picture he would get might be the best one of his life. (She asked to remain unnamed since they both played "hooky" to attend the event.)
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Joseph-Beth sold out of tickets for the meet-and-greet minutes after tickets went on sale Nov. 22.
Tina Meyer considered herself lucky to meet Springsteen, even if only for a brief moment. The Newport resident said she has been a fan since 1975, when Springsteen gained national acclaim for "Born to Run," the album from which the memoir takes its name.
"He's just as kind as I thought he was," Meyer said after meeting him. "He's been there for me through a lot of hard times, and I really appreciated seeing him."
In his 508-page book, Springsteen shared how his lengthy musical performances and longevity helped him from being "too tired to be depressed." The book has received mostly positive reviews, according to Entertainment Weekly's recent critics roundup.