Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have confirmed their plans to return to Australia and New Zealand for a string of concerts in February and March of 2014. "Our shows in Australia earlier this year were among the very best and most satisfying of our whole 128 show tour," Springsteen manager Jon Landau said in a statement. "The crowds were tremendous, the fans as warm, friendly and welcoming as we could ever hope for, and the quality of the performances, as virtually every reviewer commented, were spectacularly high."
Rumors about the tour have been circulating for weeks, and Landau said the plans have been in place for six months. "From the moment we finished the second show at Hanging Rock on March 31st, we have been working on a plan to return next year," he said. "Among other things, we wanted to expand the number of places we play to include the Hunter Valley, Perth and Adelaide, with a trip to Auckland, as well. Those venues are in addition to the new dates in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In other words, this will be our most far reaching tour of Australasia ever – and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are planning to make it their finest."
Tickets go on sale August 26th. The March 1st show in Auckland, New Zealand will mark the group's first show in New Zealand in more than a decade.
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band have been on the road since March 2012 in support of Wrecking Ball. The tour focused exclusively on overseas markets in 2013, and it's unclear whether Springsteen and Co. will return to the road in North America in 2014. Springsteen recorded new material while in Australia earlier this year, but he has announced no plans to release a new album.
Here are the dates for the Australia/New Zealand 2014 tour:
2/7 Perth, AU – Perth Arena
2/11 Adelaide, AU – Entertainment Center
2/15 Melbourne, AU – AAMI Park
2/19 Sydney, AU – Allphones Arena
2/22 Hunter Valley, AU – Hope Estate
2/26 Brisbane, AU – Entertainment Centre
3/1 Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium