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September 29, 2016

Hundreds gather at Free Library to meet Bruce Springsteen

Hundreds of fans met Bruce Springsteen when he came to the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday to promote his memoir, "Born to Run."

Why weren't you there? Ah, probably because the $33 tickets that included entry and one pre-signed book sold out in just nine minutes. Diehard fans weren't messing around.

Many took to social media – naturally – to boast about the experience:

The library had 1,200 tickets to give out, according to

Springsteen kicked off the tour in his native Freehold, New Jersey, on Sept. 27, the day his book was released.

"The Boss" is certainly no stranger to his hometown. Springsteen, 67, played his longest show ever in the United States at Citizens Bank Park in September.

The rockstar played for four-hour and about four minutes, shattering a record he set days earlier at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where he played for four hours and one minute. His longest-ever show was in Helsinki, Finland, about four years ago, where he played a concert that lasted for four hours and six minutes.

Thursday's long lines at the library are just a testament to his large Philly fanbase. Even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't afraid to geek out.

He was spotted at Springsteen's MetLife Stadium show in August rocking out to his hit, "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out."