Bruce Springsteen will begin a solo acoustic tour April 25 in Detroit, in support of his upcoming Columbia album, "Devils & Dust." The first North American leg of the tour will play 2,500- to 5,00
Bruce Springsteen will begin a solo acoustic tour April 25 in Detroit, in support of his upcoming Columbia album, "Devils & Dust." The first North American leg of the tour will play 2,500- to 5,000-seat theaters and theater configurations in arenas through May 20 in Boston, to be followed by a European run that begins May 24 in Dublin.
The Boss will finish in Europe on June 25 in Stockholm, with more North American dates likely. "Our hope is that sometime by the fall we will come back to the U.S. and make some additional appearances in our biggest Bruce markets," longtime Springsteen manager Jon Landau tells Billboard.com.
Initially, the plan is to quickly showcase the new album, due April 26. "Bruce has a beautiful new CD that we're very excited about and we want to get out and show the colors right off, touching base with as many cities as we can conveniently do," Landau reports.
Ticket prices are still being finalized, but Landau says they will be in the $85 range for the premium seats. Springsteen last toured solo in support of the 1995 album "The Ghost of Tom Joad." On that outing, he played only acoustic guitar and harmonica; this time around, Springsteen will also play some piano, Landau says.
"Bruce is rehearsing the show right now, creating a very specific perspective for it," Landau says. "As is always the case with Bruce, the set will evolve right up until the last show." Tickets for some shows go on sale this weekend.
Landau says the new album "has a combination of rock music and acoustic music, but as a body of work we thought that the intimacy of the solo show wound up best serving the CD as a whole. The full rock version of some of the new songs is sure to be part of the next E Street Band tour."
On Monday (April 4), Springsteen taped an episode of the occasional VH1 series "Storytellers" at the new Two River Theatre in Red Bank, N.J. He previewed the title track of "Devils & Dust," as well as "Jesus Was an Only Son," and touched on material from across his career, including "Thunder Road," "Brilliant Disguise" and "The Rising." The broadcast premiere is scheduled for April 23.
Here are Springsteen's tour dates:
April 25: Detroit (Fox Theatre)
April 28: Dallas (Nokia Theatre)
April 30: Phoenix (Glendale Arena)
May 2-3: Los Angeles (Pantages Theatre)
May 5: Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Theatre)
May 7: Denver (Convention Theatre)
May 10: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
May 11: Chicago (Rosemont Theatre)
May 14: Fairfax, Va. (Patriot Center)
May 15: Cleveland (CSU Convocation Center)
May 17: Philadelphia (Tower Theatre)
May 19: East Rutherford, N.J. (The Theater at Continental Airlines Arena)
May 20: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
May 24: Dublin (the Point)
May 27-28: London (Royal Albert Hall)
May 30: Brussels (Forest Nationale)
June 1: Barcelona (Pavello Olimpic Badalona)
June 2: Madrid (Palacio de Deportes)
June 4: Bologna, Italy (Palamalaguti Arena)
June 6: Rome (Palalottomatica Arena)
June 7: Milan (Milan Forum)
June 11: Hamburg (Color Line Arena)
June 12: Berlin (ICC)
June 13: Munich (Olympia Hall)
June 15: Frankfurt, Germany (Festhalle)
June 16: Dusseldorf, Germany (Phillipshalle)
June 19: Rotterdam, Holland (Ahoy)
June 20: Paris (Bercy)
June 22: Copenhagen (Forum)
June 23: Gothenberg, Sweden (Scandinavium)
June 25: Stockholm (Hovet)