TED BARLOW points out that Bruce Springsteen’s organization denies that Tipper Gore asked for free tickets, though Fox’s Roger Friedman — who reports this — says that his anonymous source stands by the story.

Meanwhile, I have a confession to make. And it’ll make Alterman jealous as hell. I got free tickets to see John Fogerty’s 1986 comeback concert in Memphis, which was his first public appearance in over a decade, I believe — and I got them through a favor from a prominent Tennessee politician. I won’t mention his name, though. He might be embarrassed.

It was a great show. And I don’t feel at all guilty about the free tickets.