It's no secret that Bruce is big in Philly, but when Springsteen and his E Street Band return the market for a Labor Day weekend stadium double of the Wrecking Ball tour Sept. 2 and 3 at Citizens Bank Park, they will set a remarkable milestone: becoming the first act to perform in every major live music venue in the city.
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That's according to the guy who lives for stats like these, Ike Richman, VP of communications for Philly-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast Spectacor, which owns and operates the Wells Fargo Center adjacent to CBP. Another guy who would know is legendary Philadelphia promoter Larry Magid, who is presenting the two Springsteen shows at Citizens Bank Park.
"Bruce Springsteen has a long and storied history with Philadelphia," says Magid in a quote provided by Richman. "He had a lot of early success that has carried over throughout the years. Every Bruce Springsteen show is an exciting and extraordinary event."
Springsteen and the E Street Band will "complete the cycle" by performing in the home of the Philadelphia Phillies during Labor Day Weekend. They performed at the now wrecking-balled Philadelphia Spectrum 36 times, the first being June 6, 1973. They have also performed at the Wells Fargo Center 11 times, including the first time on September 13, 1999. Springsteen and the E Street Band have performed three times at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, including the first time on August 8, 2003. They also performed twice at the former home of the Eagles and Phillies, Veterans Stadium, on August 14-15, 1985. Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at JFK Stadium on September 19, 1988. Springsteen himself made two cameos at two of these venues - at JFK Stadium with U2 on September 25, 1987; and at Wells Fargo Center, also with U2, on October 17, 2005. Springsteen performed nine times at the Tower Theater including his first in September of 1974 and also played the storied Electric Factory once in October of 2005 with his friend Joe Grushecky.
Springsteen previously accomplished an unprecedented feat in Philadelphia music history when his tour traveled a distance of 758-feet, nine-and-a-half inches in less than one day from the Spectrum to the Wells Fargo Center to perform on back-to-back nights in September of 1999. The feat was submitted to the Guinness of Book of World Records as the shortest jump ever for a tour.
The Wrecking Ball tour is an unqualified blockbuster and shaping up as one of Springsteen's biggest, and one of the elite tours of the year. Since it started March 18 through July 31, the tour has notched attendance of nearly 1.5 million, with a gross of $135.5 million from 48 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. Those numbers will increase dramatically as Springsteen and his E Streeters, fresh off a critically-acclaimed run through Europe, continue a run of North American arenas and stadiums that, as of now, wraps Dec. 6 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are managed, as ever, by Jon Landau Management and booked by Creative Artists Agency, coordinated by longtime Springsteen agent Barry Bell.