Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band started their first tour in seven years Wednesday in Tampa, Florida at the Amalie Arena.
There are 31 U.S. shows on the schedule through April 14th in Newark, New Jersey followed by 31 shows in Europe from April 28th in Barcelona, Spain through July 25th in Monza, Italy.
While not announced, if tradition holds, The Boss will be back in the U.S. in August and September for a run through stadiums.
The line-up is the same as past tours with:
- Roy Bittan - piano and synthesizer
- Nils Lofgren - guitar and vocals
- Patti Scialfa - guitar and vocals
- Garry Tallent - bass
- Steve Van Zandt - guitar and vocals
- Max Weinberg - drums
- Charlie Giordano - keyboards
- Soozie Tyrell - violin, guitar and vocals
- E Street Horns: Jake Clemons, Ed Manion, Ozzie Melendez & Curt Ramm
- E Street Choir: Anthony Almonte, Curtis King, Lisa Lowell & Michelle Moore
Rehearsals were held in January in New Jersey, and the band ran through at least 35 songs, including songs from his last two albums, Only the Strong Survive and Letter to You.
Springsteen talked about putting together the set list for the tour. He said, "It'll have a significant amount of some recent material and then of course we'll be playing a lot of the music that the fans have become familiar with and love to hear. 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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[Source: Classic Hits Today]