St. Louis will have to wait a little longer for a Bruce Springsteen tour stop
This morning the announcement finally came down regarding the first leg of the Bruce Springsteen 'Wrecking Ball' tour including a group of U.S. shows.
While local fans -- which obviously includes us here at 3 Minute Record -- were disappointed that St. Louis didn't make the cut on the first leg of the tour, the news of this announcement is not exactly surprising. Springsteen is usually well into the tour when the buses roll past the Arch into the Gateway City. During the last two tours, the Springsteen played shows in the late summer and early fall. By this point the E Street Band is a well-oiled machine and ready to bring all the power it can muster.
The dates for the first leg, running from mid-March to early May, mostly encompass the Eastern U.S. with a few exceptions of a couple of dates in California and a stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The European dates, announced for some time, begin in mid-May and run through the end of July. At that time, there will likely be another break to recover and a third leg of the tour will likely start in late August or September. Just before these US dates Springsteen will be the Keynote Speaker at the South By Southwest conference in Austin where he will also perform.
The main question on everyone's mind regarding this tour is how Springsteen will replace the presence of long-time saxophonist Clarence Clemons who passed away last year. After a 40-year professional relationship, there is no possible way that Springsteen can replace the sound of Clemons' horn. As with the very best saxophone players Clemons had a distinctive sound all his own.
I know what the diehard fans are going to say next. Yes, Springsteen replaced long-time organ player Danny Federici onstage, but he left in the middle of a tour and gave a farewell performance. There is no word whether Springsteen will attempt to do the same with Clemons. Currently, no one outside of the inner camp really knows the answer to that question there and that's probably best. There is no reason to start any comparisons or negative energy if Springsteen has chosen someone to provide Clemons' sax solos.
This is just another chapter in the storied history of a treasured artist. Let him dictate how he wants things done. After all, he's the Boss.
US Tour Dates
March 18 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
March 19 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
March 23 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
March 26 Boston, MA TD Garden
March 28 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
March 29 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
April 1 Washington, DC Verizon Center
April 3 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
April 4 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
April 6 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
April 9 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
April 12 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
April 13 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
April 16 Albany, NY Times Union Center
April 17 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
April 24 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
April 26 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
April 29 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 2 Newark, NJ Prudential Center