Bruce Springsteen To Kick Off 'Wrecking Ball' World Tour in Atlanta

Springsteen and The E Street Band announce first US leg of tour for 17th studio album.
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Bruce Springsteen Launches US TourBruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will launch the first leg of their Wrecking Ball tour in Atlanta on March 18, playing East Coast and upper midwest dates through early May before jumping the Atlantic to play Europe with a presumed second US leg aimed for the fall.

Among the first dates include stops in Greensboro, NC, a market that while not the biggest on the eastern seaboard has become a favorite for the band. There will be multi-night stands in Philadelphia, New York, and of course New Jersey with stops in Detroit and Cleveland on the docket as well. There are shows slated for Los Angeles and San Jose and that's it for the West Coast on this first leg, thus the anticipation for another US run.

The tour will be notable because this will be the first E Street Band tour without saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who passed away last year following a stroke. No announcement has been made by Camp Springsteen as to who might be filling in for the Big Man on sax. Springsteen's official web site listed the E Street Band personnel as 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 and Charlie Giordano - keyboards. Giordana stepped in a few years ago following the passing of Dan Federici.

Springsteen released the first single from the upcoming Wrecking Ball last week, "We Take Care Of Our Own." The song has gotten largely positive reviews from critics and the album will be released March 6.

The Atlanta kickoff is special for me because it's a mere four hours away from me. I've never seen a tour opener before and I'm seriously considering taking this one in rather than waiting for the second leg. I caught six shows in four states during the Magic and Working On A Dream tours. The band is one of the best live experiences in rock history and I'm eager to capture the spirit of those moments again. I simply don't make enough money or earn enough vacation time for all the great action coming this year.

So what say all of you? Are you excited about the tour? Is he coming near you? What do you think of the new single? You can hear it here if you haven't heard it yet. BRUUUUUUUUCE is back, kids. Let's talk about it!

US Tour Dates

  • March 18 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena (on sale Feb 4)
  • March 19 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum (on sale Feb 3)
  • March 23 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum (on sale Jan 28)
  • March 26 - Boston, MA - TD Garden (on sale Jan 28)
  • March 28 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center (on sale Jan 28)
  • March 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center (on sale Jan 28)
  • April 1 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center (on sale Jan 28)
  • April 3 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center (on sale Jan 27)
  • April 4 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center (on sale Jan 27)
  • April 6 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden (on sale Jan 27)
  • April 9 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden (on sale Jan 27)
  • April 12 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills (on sale Jan 28)
  • April 13 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center (on sale Jan 28)
  • April 16 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center (on sale Jan 28)
  • April 17 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (on sale Jan 28)
  • April 24 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion (on sale Feb 3)
  • April 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (on sale Feb 3)
  • April 29 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (on sale now)
  • May 2 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center (on sale Jan 27) European Tour Dates
  • European Tour Dates

  • May 13 - Seville, Spain - Estadio Olimpico (on sale now)
  • May 17 - Barcelona, Spain - Estadio Olimpico Lluis (on sale now)
  • May 18 - Barcelona, Spain - Estadio Olimpico Lluis (on sale now)
  • May 25 - Frankfurt, Germany - Commerzbank Arena (on sale now)
  • May 27 - Cologne, Germany - RheinEnergieStadion (on sale now)
  • May 28 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop (on sale 3 March)
  • May 30 - Berlin, Germany - Olympia Stadion (on sale now)
  • June 2 - San Sebastian, Spain - Estadio Anoeta (on sale now)
  • June 3 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock in Lisbon (on sale now)
  • June 7 - Milan, Italy - Stadio Meaza (on sale now)
  • June 10 - Florence, Italy - Stadio Francesco (on sale now)
  • June 11 - Trieste, Italy - Stadio Trieste (on sale now)
  • June 17 - Madrid, Spain - Estadio Santago Bernabu (on sale now)
  • June 19 - Montpellier, France - Park & Suites Arena (on sale now)
  • June 21 - Sunderland, UK - Stadium of Light (on sale now)
  • June 22 - Manchester, UK - Etihad Stadium (on sale now)
  • June 24 - Isle of Wight, UK - Isle of Wight Festival (on sale now)
  • July 4 - Paris, France - Bercy (on sale now)
  • July 5 - Paris, France - Bercy (on sale now)
  • July 7 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival (on sale now)
  • July 9 - Zurich, Switzerland - Stadium Letzigrund (on sale now)
  • July 11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Synot Tip Arena (on sale now)
  • July 12 - Vienna, Austria - Ernst Happel Stadium (on sale now)
  • July 14 - London, UK - Hard Rock Calling (on sale now)
  • July 17 - Dublin, Ireland - RDS (on sale now)
  • July 18 - Dublin, Ireland - RDS (on sale now)
  • July 21 - Oslo, Norway - Valle Hoven (on sale now)
  • July 23 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen (on sale now)
  • July 24 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen (on sale now)
  • July 27 - Gothenberg, Sweden - Ullevi (on sale now)
  • July 28 - Gothenberg, Sweden - Ullevi (on sale now)
  • July 31 - Helsinki, Finland - Olympic Stadium (on sale Jan 25