In support of his latest studio album, High Hopes, The Boss has revealed that he’s due to embark on a five week US tour later in the year.
Springsteen’s website currently lists 15 dates, beginning April 8th in Cincinnati and winding up with two shows at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut on May 17th-18th. This includes a previously announced stop at JazzFest in New Orleans on May 3rd, as well as dates in Nashville, Atlanta and New Orleans, among other places.
One of the most notable things about the tour is that it appears to be paying particular attention to locations largely ignored by Springsteen’s previous Wrecking Ball tour. Similarly, it’s avoiding a few Springsteen staples, such as Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles. This suggests that The Boss plans on announcing another fresh batch of tour dates in the near future.
Springsteen’s latest tours have had a habit of heading to Europe over summer, before making their way back to the states, so needless to say, the internet chatter is automatically assuming this course of action is likely to happen again this year.
On April 10th, shortly after this tour begins, the E Street Band are due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
High Hopes is The Boss’ eighteenth studio offering, and is made up entirely of covers and reimagined versions of old album tracks. The album was Springsteen’s eleventh #1 album in the US, placing him third all-time for most No. 1 albums only behind The Beatles and Jay-Z. It was his tenth No. 1 in the UK, putting him joint fifth all-time and level with The Rolling Stones and U2.
The record was notable for featuring Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, as well as Springsteen’s E Street Bandmates.