Springsteen Sets N.J. Stadium Dates

The first of Bruce Springsteen's expected multiple-night summer stands has been announced, and it will mark the artist's return to stadium-level concerts. The Boss and the E Street Band will play thre

The first of Bruce Springsteen's expected multiple-night summer stands has been announced, and it will mark the artist's return to stadium-level concerts. The Boss and the E Street Band will play three July shows -- July 15, July 17, and July 18 -- at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale March 1 at 9 a.m. ET, according to the artist's official Web site. The tickets will presumably be available via Ticketmaster, although no other details have been revealed. No other summer shows have yet been announced.

The New Jersey-bred artist last staged a concert series at Giants Stadium in 1985 during his worldwide tour in support of his Columbia album "Born in the USA." He played six nights at the venue, a year after playing 10 nights at the nearby Brendan Byrne Arena (later rechristened the Continental Airlines Arena). After playing arenas worldwide, that tour saw Springsteen and the band play stadiums in Europe and throughout North America. Save for dates on 1988's multi-artist worldwide Human Rights Now! tour, the artist has not played North American stadiums since the Born in the USA tour.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, last night (Feb. 20), Springsteen played the second of two concerts at the intimate Somerville (Mass.) Theater. The solo shows, for which the $100 and $500 tickets benefited DoubleTake Magazine, reportedly saw a combination of music and conversation as the artist performed songs from across his career and fielded questions from the audience. He used the occasion to debut one new song, "The Wall."

As previously reported, Springsteen will be among the performers at Sunday's (Feb. 23) Grammy Awards in New York. He and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt will also be among a group paying a performance tribute to the late Joe Strummer and the Clash during the ceremony.

Springsteen's latest album, "The Rising," is nominated for album of the year and best rock album Grammys. The title track is up for song, best rock song, and best male rock vocal performance awards. Visit Billboard.com's 2003 Grammy Preview for an inside look at nominees in some of the top categories and background on the event.