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Bruce Springsteen Announces "Working on a Dream" Tour

January 27, 2009 11:08 AM ET

With his new, five-star album Working on a Dream hitting stores right now, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band decided today would be the best time to reveal their upcoming U.S. tour. The trek will kick off on April Fool's Day in San Jose, California, and work its way east, culminating in a pair of shows at East Rutherford's Izod Center in Bruce's home state of New Jersey on May 21st and 23rd. From there, the band jets off to Europe.

Springsteen is on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone, wherein the Jersey legend invites writer David Fricke into the studio to talk about his new music, the first song he ever recorded and life with the E Street Band. For the full story, pick up the issue, but check out a special series of Q&As, too — The Band on Bruce: a series of interviews with members of the E Street Band including Max Weinberg and Little Steven Van Zandt. Before you run out and pick the new issue and your copy of Working, check out the tour dates below:

Bruce Springsteen
April 1 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
April 3 - Glendale, AZ @ Jobing.com Center
April 5 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
April 7 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
April 8 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
April 10 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Arena
April 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ LA Memorial Sports Arena
April 21 - Boston, MA @ TD Banknorth Garden
April 22 - Boston, MA @ TD Banknorth Garden
April 24 - Hartford, CT @ XL Center
April 26 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
April 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Spectrum
April 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Spectrum
May 2 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
May 4 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
May 5 - Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
May 7 - Toronto, ONT @ Air Canada Centre
May 8 - University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
May 11 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
May 12 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
May 14 - Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
May 15 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
May 18 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
May 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
May 21 - E. Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
May 23 - E. Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center

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The Band on Bruce: Their Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen: The RS Covers
Bruce Springsteen: The Vintage Photographs

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