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Springsteen defies blue-collar image, crosses picket line to perform

TACOMA, Wash. -- Bruce Springsteen, known as the working man's rocker, defied that image Tuesday night by crossing a picket line to perform.

Protesters from a number of city employee unions set up a picket line around the municipally managed Tacoma Dome in support of a strike by more than 200 city clerks.

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The workers hoped Springsteen might cancel his performance, but the concert proceeded as planned.

However, Springsteen did comment on the situation at the outset of the show.

'I know there's a little controversy going on outside the Dome tonight and I'd like everybody to know that I'm not here to play in the interest of the city, I'm not here to play in the interest of the management of this building, or with anybody else,' the rock star said. 'I know a lot of you folks came a long way to be here tonight, so I got a commitment to be on this stage.'

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