Get ready for an “old-school E Street Band lengthy tour.”
That’s the word from Bruce Springsteen, who phoned in to SiriusXM’s E Street Radio host Jim Rotolo on Tuesday, May 24, hours after a Springsteen and E Street international tour was announced at midnight.
“I’m just aching to play, you know, and to actually not just play but to travel and see our fans in all our different cities and feel that life again and see their faces again,” Springsteen said. “We got an old-school tour planned where we’ll be out there for quite a while and give everybody a chance to see us if they’d like to.”
Springsteen and E Street will begin an international tour in February of 2023 with a string of to-be-announced U.S. arena dates. That’s followed by European stadium shows beginning April 28 in Barcelona, Spain, and a second North American tour starting in August of 2023.
On Tuesday morning, the Boss said that shows are forthcoming in Australia and New Zealand, and then “back around again.”
Jonesing to play live
“I’ve got the Jones to play live very badly at this point,” Springsteen, 72, said. “So, I’m deeply looking forward to getting out there in front of our fans.”
Listen to the interview below:
The setlist is already shaping up — as much as it can for a typical E Street Band show. The guys are not exactly known for adhering to pre-written setlists.
“It’ll have a significant amount of some recent material,” said Springsteen, referring to the band’s 2020 hit album, “Letter to You.” “Then of course we’ll be playing a lot of the music that the fans have become familiar with and love to hear. It should be a balance of good things. The show should feel contemporary and it should also make you feel at home at the same time, so that’s our goal.”
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The last time the E Street Band performed together on a concert stage was Feb. 25, 2017, for the final night of the “The River Tour” in New Zealand. The band, minus Tallent and Tyrell due to COVID protocols, played the new songs “Ghosts” and “I’ll See You In My Dreams” in December of 2020 on “Saturday Night Live.”
Band members are starting to comment on the tour announcement. Steven Van Zandt playfully called a fan a “smartass” who asked on Twitter if he was playing on the European dates.
Nils Lofgren is making sure he’s ready to travel.
“Better check my passport,” Lofgren tweeted. “2023 looks promising, magical, adventurous. @springsteen #estreetband. I’m ready.”
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 2023 European tour
April 28: Barcelona, Spain, Estadi Olímpic
May 5: Dublin, RDS Arena
May 7: Dublin, RDS Arena
May 13: Paris, La Défense Arena
May 18: Ferrara, Italy, Parco Urbano G. Bassani
May 21: Rome, Circo Massimo
May 25: Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA
June 11: Landgraaf, The Netherlands, Megaland
June 13: Zurich, Stadion Letzigrund
June 21: Düsseldorf, Germany, Merkur Spiel Arena
June 24: Gothenburg, Sweden, Ullevi
June 26: Gothenburg, Sweden, Ullevi
June 30: Oslo, Voldsløkka
July 11: Copenhagen, Denmark, Parken
July 13: Copenhagen, Denmark, Parken
July 15: Hamburg, Germany, Volksparkstadion
July 18: Vienna, Ernst Happel Stadion
July 23: Munich, Olympiastadion
July 25: Monza, Italy, Prato della Gerascia, Autodromo di Monza
Additional cities and shows in the U.K. and Belgium will be announced later.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]