Staples bow sells out, so Boss adds 2 shows

Internet sales accounted for more than 35% of tickets purchased

Around 76,000 tickets to next month’s Staples Center concerts by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were snapped up in less than two hours Saturday. Promoters added two additional shows after the first two scheduled shows sold out in minutes.

In response to the brisk pace of sales for the Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 shows, the singer’s management agreed to put tickets on sale for Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 shows at the soon-to-bow downtown Los Angeles venue.

Tickets, priced from $37.50 to $67.50, were limited to four per person for most seats.

But fans whose tickets were in the first 25 rows of the venue could only purchase two ducats and only over the phone. They must pick up the tickets at the box office the night of the show.

Insiders said telephone lines to Ticketmaster — which had beefed up its staff for the enthusiastic fan response expected for the singer’s arena shows — hummed throughout the morning, with many fans getting a busy signal.

Fans who used the Internet to buy ducats accounted for more than 35% of the tickets purchased through the ticketing giant.

Springsteen’s perfs will be the first at the $375 million venue, which is still under construction, but tickets to the Eagles’ New Year’s Eve perf and Ricky Martin’s concerts in November went on sale earlier.