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Music fans give thanks to the NHL lockout

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – An upside to the NHL lockout if you love musical legends.

A couple of huge concerts are set to rock the city over the next two days.

Paul McCartney Sunday, Bruce Springsteen Monday, and we’ve already seen Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Madonna come through.

” I haven’t seen a lineup of stars like this in 15 years,” says Kingsley Bailey with Vancouver Tickets, who adds the hot lineup is all thanks to regular hockey-goers having more cash to spend. “The promoters know there’s money, they’re not spending it on hockey. People want to spend some time away from their daily chores and enjoy some entertainment.”

He’s noticing the majority of tickets are being bought by women. “A lot more wives are saying ‘dear, there’s no hockey, take me to Barbara Streisand. Dear there’s no more hockey, take me Leonard Cohen.’ The husbands have to because the wives have, for so many years, have said ‘OK dear, you go to the hockey game.'”

McCartney is playing BC Place, Springsteen will perform the Rogers Arena.

BC Ferries is adding sailings to its Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay schedule to accommodate travelers heading to Vancouver for the concerts.