Springsteen Plays Asbury Park

In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising,” his first album of entirely new material in seven years, written largely in response to the events of Sept. 11, hits record stores Tuesday. His 46-city tour with the E Street Band starts Aug. 7, but on Tuesday’s “Today” show, Springsteen played to some 6.2 million fans by headlining a three-hour remote broadcast from the Boardwalk in the New Jersey rocker’s beloved hometown of Asbury Park, according to calculations by the Associated Press.