Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band add L.A., other U.S. tour dates
Bruce Springsteen will play a string of dates in the U.S. on his 2012 tour with the E Street Band ahead of previously announced shows in Europe, starting March 18 in Atlanta and stopping April 26 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
The New Jersey rocker will play 19 shows in 16 cities, concluding May 2 in Newark, N.J., before heading to Europe for the rest of May, June and July. The only other California date at this point is a performance April 24 in San Jose. Springsteen also will make an appearance -- his second -- at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 29.
Springsteen last played Jazz Fest in 2006, eight months after the region had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He was accompanied for that show by the Seeger Sessions Band in its first public appearance. Tickets for the Jazz Fest show are already on sale; several other shows start ticket sales on Friday and Saturday. The Los Angeles and San Jose shows will go on sale on Feb. 3. Full details are on Springsteen's website.
Last week's announcement of Springsteen's new album, "Wrecking Ball," which is set for release on March 6, included no details about who is backing him in the studio, but his manager, Jon Landau, told Rolling Stone that some tracks feature the E Street Band and others were recorded with support from a variety of musicians.
Some, Landau said, evoke the folk-flavored arrangements of Springsteen's 2006 "Seeger Sessions" album, others are built around "unexpected textures -- loops, electronic percussion ... influences and rhythms from hip-hip to Irish folk rhythms."
Springsteen's tour with the E Street Band will be its first since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons last summer.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Bruce Springsteen. Credit: Jo Lopez