The theme of Bruce Springsteen's recent tour dates in support of his latest album Wrecking Ball seems to be "Bigger Is Better"; the shows have been getting longer and the tour is getting extended by an additional 16 dates.
Springsteen is currently in Europe playing shows routinely topping the three hour mark with one show nearly reaching four hours (3:48) and famously had the plug pulled on him while jamming with Paul McCartney in the UK. That leg of the tour is about to come to an end and Springsteen had already announced several stadium shows in Boston, Chicago, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. His first run of arena dates in the US virtually ignored the western half of the United States and while there are several dates west of the Mississippi, there are still a lot of places poised to be missed on this leg (most notably the entire state of Texas and Seattle).
Notable on this run of dates is State College, PA, home to Penn State University. It will be interesting to see if Springsteen chooses to address in any fashion the tragedy that has befallen the university and community either directly or through songs chosen for the setlist that night.
Springsteen was forced to cancel a date I was to attend in Kansas City on the Working On A Dream tour and KC will be getting a show this time out but nearby St. Louis will not.
Also not making the cut this time? Nashville, which means there is little or no chance of me catching a Wrecking Ball show. I'm pretty disappointed as the longer show times always give the potential for something special to happen and I don't think these shows will see the running times trimmed back significantly from what's been happening in Europe. Let's face it: this has been done to spite me. Forget that Nashville has been a softer sell the past two tours. This is all about punishing me. He's going to play "Across The Border," "Zero & Blind Terry," "Because The Night," "Atlantic City," "Cadillac Ranch," and "Loose Ends" every night just to make me stabby and it will work.
Little Steven Van Zandt still thinks they're going to delve into the bulk of The Promise, the 2-CD set of material recorded during sessions for the landmark Darkness On The Edge album but Stevie is usually the last to know about these things (I kid! Sort of). It will be interesting to compare these dates to what has been happening in Europe and I'll have my eye on them even though it looks increasingly like I won't be seeing one.
Here are the Wrecking Ball tour dates:
Previously Announced 2012 ‘Wrecking Ball’ Dates: