Opening July 13 in Ottawa.
Bruce Springsteen has confirmed a slate of 17 North American summer tour dates that will open July 13 in Ottawa. Continuing in the vein of his spring U.S. tour and his current European run, the shows will find the artist performing solo, accompanying himself on guitar and various keyboard instruments (piano, pump organ, etc.).
The tour will mark Springsteen's first foray into Canada in support of his latest album, "Devils & Dust." His initial solo tour consisted of 14 U.S. dates, with only Los Angeles seeing a multiple-night stand of two shows.
On the summer outing, Springsteen has no multiples on the announced schedule, which also includes no returns to cities visited the first time around. Perhaps most interesting is that there are no shows booked in the artist's home state of New Jersey, with the closest being a July 20 concert in Bridgeport, Conn.
Additional tour dates "later this year" are expected, according to a statement.
Springsteen's European tour plays Munich's Olympia Hall tonight (June 13) and will visit Holland, France, Denmark and Sweden before closing June 28 in Berlin.
"We always sort of make our plans and try not to announce too far in front in general," longtime Springsteen manager Jon Landau tells Billboard.com by phone from Munich. "With the shows we've added, combined with the shows we played before Europe, we will have played 27 or so of our primary markets, which is a good portion of the country."
Landau says more dates will likely be added for the fall, in response to both critical and financial success. "I would, as a proud manager, say that in terms of single artist shows you would have to go a long, long way to find something more compelling," he says. "The European shows, which are always intense, have been remarkable. In its own way, these have been as emotional an experience as the rock shows."
Released in May by Columbia, "Devils & Dust" bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, where it is No. 58 in its sixth week on the chart. The set has sold more than 460,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.