Friday, December 4, 2015

"The River Tour" is Official

Yes, Springsteen fans, it's true.  From Backstreets:

Christmas comes early, and Hannukah too... and happy new year above all, as official word comes down this morning that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will reconvene to hit the road in January, for performances through mid-March. The news hits on the same day that The Ties That Bind: The River Collection [DVD / Blu-ray] is released, and there's a direct connection between the two besides mere synergy. Bruce and the band are actually touring behind the box — something they did not do for the Born to Run or Darkness box sets — calling this nine-week North American trek "The River Tour."

Less than a month after Springsteen's December 19 appearance on Saturday Night Live — and 35 years after the original River tour — the 2016 River Tour will begin in Pittsburgh on January 16. Stopping in 22 cities, with 24 shows announced (including two nights at Madison Square Garden and two at the L.A. Sports Arena), the tour will take the E Street Band from coast to coast in the U.S., along with a show in Toronto.

While Springsteen began performing full album sequences in 2008, The River has been performed in its entirety exactly once: November 8, 2009, at Madison Square Garden. While no specific setlist plans have been discussed, we have high hopes for that 20-track feat to be repeated, along with live airings of 1979-'80 outtakes.

Perhaps an indication that Bruce will be downsizing the "E Street Orchestra" of recent tours for this 2016 outting, today's press release lists the E Street Band's members as Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, and Max Weinberg, with Soozie Tyrell, Jake Clemons, and Charlie Giordano.

The announcement also notes: "Each night of the tour will be mixed for release on as high-quality downloads and CDs. Recordings will be available within days of each performance."

January 16 - Pittsburgh, PA
January 19 - Chicago, IL
January 24 - New York, NY
January 27 - New York, NY
January 29 - Washington, DC
January 31 - Newark, NJ
February 2 - Toronto, ON
February 4 - Boston, MA
February 8 - Albany, NY
February 10 - Hartford, CT
February 12 - Philadelphia, PA
February 16 - Sunrise, FL
February 18 - Atlanta, GA
February 21 - Louisville, KY
February 23 - Cleveland, OH
February 25 - Buffalo, NY
February 27 - Rochester, NY
February 29 - St Paul, MN
March 3 - Milwaukee, WI
March 6 - St Louis, MO
March 10 - Phoenix, AZ
March 13 - Oakland, CA
March 15 - Los Angeles, CA 
March 17 - Los Angeles, CA