Our first taste of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's upcoming Wrecking Ball, the "Born in the U.S.A."-like anthem "We Take Care of Our Own," follows a recession-damaged course "from sea to shining sea." Good news: The Boss and Co. will be making an equally wide-ranging trek on the first leg of their upcoming U.S. tour. Just in time for tonight's State of the Union address, finally here's a reason to say honestly, "The state of our union is strong."
Wrecking Ball, Springsteen's 17th album overall and first with the E Street band since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons last summer, arrives on March 6. The U.S. jaunt kicks off March 18 in Atlanta and takes Springsteen and the E Street Band all the way to Los Angeles before winding down in New Jersey. The band's lineup now stands at: Roy Bittan (piano, synthesizer), Nils Lofgren (guitar, vocals), Patti Scialfa (guitar, vocals), Garry Tallent (bass), Stevie Van Zandt (guitar, vocals), and Max Weinberg (drums), with Soozie Tyrell (violin, guitar, vocals) and Charlie Giordano (keyboards). That means no replacement for the Big Man has been named — yet.
Another stop on Springsteen's tour with the E Street band is New Orleans, a city whose Superdome gets a mention in "We Take Care of Our Own." Nothing has been announced yet for Chicago, which the Boss also refers to in the new song so stay tuned. From May 13 to July 31, the tour takes the group to Europe, but after that there's still a whole lot of year left.
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)