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Fans Adjust Plans For The Boss

September 25, 1985|JOHN HORN

Lorelei is going to miss her Bible-study class next Wednesday because she has to answer to a different Boss: Bruce Springsteen.

Lorelei, a 25-year-old Hollywood researcher, was just one of 76,000 Springsteen fans left in the lurch Monday when rock music's most popular concert attraction announced that his Thursday appearance at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum would be postponed until next Wednesday.

"I guess I'll miss the class," said Lorelei, who asked that her last name not be used, "but Bruce is worth it."

The postponement came after foul weather--including a hailstorm--forced the cancellation of Springsteen's Sunday-night performance in Denver. That concert was rescheduled to Monday, Sept. 23, much to the relief of some angry would-be concert-goers.

But the one-day Denver delay meant that Springsteen's crew would be unable to set up his elaborate stage in Los Angeles in time for Thursday's show. (All other shows in Los Angeles, on Friday, Sunday and Monday, will be played on the nights they were scheduled.)

"Oh no!" was the response of Scott Tompkins, an L. A. banker, when informed of the postponement. "You're kidding, aren't you?"

For Tompkins, Thursday's concert was the key to an intricately itemized itinerary for a group of visiting relatives and friends. Tonight, the contingent was to travel to the Magic Castle; Thursday, Springsteen; Friday, Disneyland.

Now Tompkins is faced with the decision of whom to ask, because his visitors are leaving town on Monday.

Tickets for Thursday's show need not be exchanged, according to a representative of Avalon Attractions, the tour promoters. All Thursday tickets, said Avalon's Brian Murphy, are good for the Wednesday performance. Those unable to attend that performance may obtain refunds at the point of purchase. Fans holding tickets obtained from telephone charge lines must call the charge line for refunds, Murphy added.

Murphy said the demand for refunds so far appeared to be slight.

"But without a doubt," Murphy said, "the most important thing right now is to get the word out and inform the patrons."

Murphy said that postponement announcements are running six times a day on five Los Angeles radio stations, and that Avalon has contacted local TV and radio outlets and informed them of the change. Radio stations as far away as San Francisco, Las Vegas and Phoenix also have been reached, Murphy added, so that out-of-town fans would not be surprised to find an empty stadium Thursday night.

The hope is that every ticket holder will know of the postponement in time. But Avalon will dispatch security guards to the concert site Thursday to handle possible irate arrivals.

There is one perk for Thursday ticket-holders: Next Wednesday's show will be the last of Springsteen's 15-month tour. "But wait," said Lorelei, rationalizing her decision to skip Bible class, "I now get to see his closing show, not the opening one. That's much better."

According to Murphy, there were still 9,000 seats left for next Wednesday's show. They are available only at Ticketron.

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