Springsteen's Summer Tour Grows
Bruce Springsteen's summer tour continues to grow with the addition of stadium concerts in Foxboro, Mass., and Philadelphia. Tickets for the Aug. 1 show at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium and an Aug. 8 stoBruce Springsteen's summer tour continues to grow with the addition of stadium concerts in Foxboro, Mass., and Philadelphia. Tickets for the Aug. 1 show at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium and an Aug. 8 stop at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field will go on sale Saturday (March 15) at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.
The Philadelphia show will mark the first such event at the brand new Lincoln Financial Field, where the city's National Football League (NFL) franchise, the Eagles, will play its first season there later this year.
The concerts with the E Street Band are in addition to an unprecedented 10-night stand the act will stage at New Jersey's Giants Stadium throughout July and August. After tickets went on sale Saturday for an eighth show on Aug. 28, additional concerts on Aug. 30 and 31 were added, as demand for tickets remained brisk. Springsteen will now play as many concerts as the NFL's New York Giants will play games at the stadium in 2003.
Springsteen and the E Street Band will establish a new world box office record when they complete the run at the East Rutherford, N.J., venue. When all 10 of the shows are sold out, a feat nearing completion, an estimated 550,000 tickets will have been sold for this home state run. With tickets priced at $75 and $55, the gross will be in the $37.8 million range.
The previous world record gross was $27.6 million (2.5 billion yen) from seven Rolling Stones sellouts at the Tokyodome in 1995 that drew 285,294. Springsteen will also top his own personal and U.S. box office record of $19,000,605 from 15 shows in the summer of 1999 that drew 304,785 at Continental Airlines Arena, also in East Rutherford, and part of the Meadowlands Complex that includes Giants Stadium.
"It's still mind-boggling to us," says Ron VanDeVeen, VP of event booking for the Meadowlands Sports Complex. "The thing is, I think we could sell more."
Fans have been buzzing about the possibility of another Giants Stadium show, although there has been no official indication of such. Similarly, there is speculation that additional shows in Foxboro and Philly will be announced once tickets to the first near sell-out status.
Tonight Springsteen will play Rochester, N.Y., the last of his stateside shows to precede a trip down under to Australia and New Zealand. He'll then perform April 9 in Sacramento, Calif., before trekking across Canada. A European tour will kick off with May 6-7 shows in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and last through a June 28 finale in Milan.
As previously reported, Springsteen's three Grammy wins and two performances during the ceremony propelled a sales lift last week for his latest Columbia album, "The Rising." The set saw a 232% sales explosion to 36,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and jumped 109-27 on The Billboard 200.