Springsteen HBO Concert Special Planned

The finale of Bruce Springsteen's 1999-2000 reunion tour with the E Street Band will be shown this spring on HBO. The special will debut April 7 on the premium cable network, and will mark the first t

The finale of Bruce Springsteen's 1999-2000 reunion tour with the E Street Band will be shown this spring on HBO. The special will debut April 7 on the premium cable network, and will mark the first time the group has been presented in concert on television.

Captured across the final two shows (June 29, July 1) of Springsteen's 10-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden, the special was taped and will be broadcast in the hi-definition (HDTV) format. Neither the running time nor the list of songs that will be featured in the special has been confirmed. It is probable that several of the new songs introduced toward the end of the tour -- such as "Code Of Silence," "Further On Up The Road," and the controversial "American Skin (41 Shots)" -- will be included.

As of late, rumors have been flying that a two-disc live album culled from the MSG shows would be released in the spring, with dedicated fanzine Backstreets reporting that Columbia has scheduled it for an April 3 release. A DVD release from the shows has also been heavily rumored since the tour's end, and with the announcement of the HBO special, its eventual release to the home video market seems likely.

When contacted, a representative for the artist had no additional information regarding the special or related releases.

One member of the E Street Band will be familiar to HBO audiences, as guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt is in the cast of the network's popular Mafia series "The Sopranos." The drama's third season will premiere March 4.