Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Announce Tour Dates, Including Newark Stop
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s long-awaited North American tour is set to launch Feb. 1, 2023 in Tampa, Florida, the band announced today. The two-and-a-half-month tour includes 31 shows in the U.S., continuing with several tri-state dates in Philadelphia, New York, Brooklyn and a home-state finale April 14 in Newark, New Jersey, before the group heads to Europe for already announced overseas dates that will continue into July.
The tour is the band’s first since wrapping the 14-month, worldwide The River Tour in Australia in 2017. The tour was named top global tour by Pollstar and Billboard in 2016.
The 2023 European dates set to kick off April 28 in Barcelona already surpassed one million tickets sold on the initial 2023 tour dates in Europe, with added shows across the continent for their return to the road next year. Popular demand has seen Springsteen and The E Street Band add second stadium dates in Barcelona (April 28 and 30), Paris (May 13 and 15), Amsterdam (May 25 and 27) and Oslo (June 30 and July 2), while third shows have been scheduled for Dublin (May 5, 7, 9) and Gothenburg (June 24, 26, 28). With the milestone in ticket sales, a new tour stop has also been added in Hockenheim, Germany for July 21. Shows in the UK and Belgium will be announced at a later date.
The last live appearance by the band was an appearance on Saturday Night Live in December, 2020 in support of the album, “Letter to You.” Just this year, Springsteen has made several public appearances, with two special guest turns at MetLife Stadium for Coldplay and Paul McCartney, with an extra McCartney appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in London.
Said Springsteen: “After six years, I’m looking forward to seeing our great and loyal fans next year. And I’m looking forward to once again sharing the stage with the legendary E Street Band. See you out there, next year — and beyond.”
Rehearsals will start in January, and that full fledged tour will stretch out to Australia and New Zealand following the August U.S. stadium dates.
In 2021, Springsteen, 72, released the group’s “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” film, collaborated with President Barack Obama on the book “Renegades: Born in the USA” and reprised his “Springsteen on Broadway” show to help reopen New York City’s theaters last summer. Just this spring and summer, he made three live appearances- two at MetLife Stadium on two separate occasions in New Jersey with Paul McCartney (June 16) and Coldplay (June 5) , and with McCartney again at the Glastonbury Festival in London.
All of the dates announced are one-night arena stands, with the exception of two nights booked for the UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY as the penultimate stop on the U.S. tour April 9 and 11. The New York/New Jersey area is well-represented with further dates at Madison Square Garden April 1 and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center April 3, leading up to the final night April 14 at New Jersey’s Prudential Center.
Tickets for the U.S. shows go on sale later this month, with on-sale dates ranging from July 20 to July 29.
A press release issued Tuesday said that the tour will make use of Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform, with potential ticket buyers being able to register for that verification program now through July 17, allowing eligibility — but not a guarantee — to receive s unique access code for the Verified Fan Onsale. The Verified Fan onsale will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time on the dates that shows go on sale in late July; a general onsale for all those not enlisted in the program begins the same day at 3 p.m. local time. (There will be no Verified Fan presale for the non-Ticketmaster shows at Houston’s Toyota Center, Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center or Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse; those four concerts will have all their tickets go up for sale to all comers at 10 a.m. local time on their on-sale dates.)
The E Street Band’s members are: Roy Bittan – piano, synthesizer; Nils Lofgren – guitar, vocals; Patti Scialfa – guitar, vocals; Garry Tallent – bass guitar; Stevie Van Zandt – guitar, vocals; and Max Weinberg – drums; with Soozie Tyrell – violin, guitar, vocals; Jake Clemons – saxophone; and Charlie Giordano – keyboards