Springsteen & E Street Set 'Rising' Tour

In support of the forthcoming Columbia album "The Rising," Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will kick off a tour Aug. 7 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The itinerary

In support of the forthcoming Columbia album "The Rising," Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will kick off a tour Aug. 7 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The itinerary has the band playing 39 North American shows through a Dec. 13 finale in Albany, N.Y., with a break for much of September and an Oct. 14-27 European tour splitting up the run. At deadline there was no information available regarding when tickets for any of the shows will go on sale.

Although Springsteen has been known to play multiple nights in many cities, such as a 2000 10-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden, it is said that won't be the case for this leg of the tour. In a statement, the tour is described as a "barnstorming" run, hitting 46 cities for 46 shows.

The tour is expected to pick up again in 2003, with plans to visit Australia, as well as additional swings through Europe and North America when "[Springsteen] and the band will do multiple shows in major cities throughout the summer of 2003," according to the statement.

As previously reported, "The Rising" is due July 30, and is led by the title track, which will be commercially released Tuesday (July 16) backed with a live version of "Land of Hope and Dreams," recorded during that extended MSG visit. That run also produced the HBO special "Live in New York City," and a DVD and CD release of the same name, the latter of which debuted last April at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. .

The album's release will be heralded by a rare television performance/interview on NBC's "Today" show. Hosts Katie Couric and Matt Lauer will anchor their entire broadcast that morning from the boardwalk in Asbury Park, N.J., where Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform live in the city's Convention Hall.

Here are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's upcoming tour dates:

Aug. 7: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
Aug. 10: Washington, D.C. (MCI Arena)
Aug. 12: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Aug. 14: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
Aug. 15 Auburn Hills, Mich. (the Palace)
Aug. 18 Las Vegas (Thomas and Mack Center)
Aug. 20 Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
Aug. 21 Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
Aug. 24 Los Angeles (the Forum)
Aug. 25 Phoenix (America West Arena)
Aug. 27 San Jose, Calif. (Compaq Center)
Aug. 30 St. Louis, Mo. (Savvis Center)
Sept. 22: Denver (Pepsi Arena)
Sept. 24: Kansas City, Mo. (Kemper Arena)
Sept. 25: Chicago (United Center)
Sept. 27: Milwaukee (Bradley Center)
Sept. 29: Fargo, N.D. (Fargodome)
Sept. 30: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
Oct. 4: Boston (Fleet Center)
Oct. 6: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
Oct. 7: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)

Oct. 14-27: European tour (cities/venues unavailable)

Nov. 3: Dallas (American Airlines Arena)
Nov. 4: Houston (Compaq Center)
Nov. 6: Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
Nov. 9: Columbus, Ohio (Schotenstein Arena)
Nov. 10: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Nov. 12: Cincinnati (U.S. Bank Arena)
Nov. 14: Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)
Nov. 16: Greensboro, N.C. (Coliseum)
Nov. 19: Birmingham, Ala. (BJCC)
Nov. 21: Orlando, Fla. (TD Waterhouse)
Nov. 23: Miami (American Airlines Arena)
Nov. 24: Tampa, Fla. (Ice Palace)
Dec. 2: Atlanta (Phillips Arena)
Dec. 4: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
Dec. 5: Toronto (Air Canada Center)
Dec. 8: Charlotte, N.C. (Coliseum)
Dec. 9: Columbia, S.C. (USC Arena)
Dec. 13: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)