Springsteen announces 2013 Oz tour

“I try to put on the kind of show that the kid in the front row is going to come to and never forget.

"Our effort is to stay with you, period, to have you join us and to allow us to join you for the ride—the whole ride. That’s what we’ve been working on the whole time, and this show is the latest installment, and, in many ways, it’s the most complicated installment, because in many ways it has to do with the end of that ride. There are kids who are coming to the show who will never have seen the band with Clarence Clemons in it or Danny Federici—people who were in the band for thirty years. So our job is to honor the people who stood on that stage by putting on the best show we’ve ever put on. To do that, you’ve got to acknowledge your losses and your defeats as well as your victories. There is a finiteness to it, though the end may be a long time away. We end the night with a party of sorts, but it’s not an uncomplicated party. It’s a life party—that’s what we try to deliver up.” - Bruce Springsteen, 2012

Fan or not, Bruce Springsteen at Sixty-Two (The New Yorker) is required reading for any fan of music; the theatre and spectacle of it. Or anyone who wonders what sort of show the sexagenerian might be able to pull off these days. For example:

"Concerts last in excess of three hours, without a break, and he is constantly dancing, screaming, imploring, mugging, kicking, windmilling, crowd-surfing, climbing a drum riser, jumping on an amp, leaping off Roy Bittan’s piano. The display of energy and its depletion is part of what is expected of him. In return, the crowd participates in a display of communal adoration. Like pilgrims at a gigantic outdoor Mass—think John Paul II at Gdansk—they know their role: when to raise their hands, when to sway, when to sing, when to scream his name, when to bear his body, hand over hand, from the rear of the orchestra to the stage. (Van Zandt: “Messianic? Is that the word you’re looking for?”)"

After months of rumours, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform (at least) four shows in Australia come March 2013, including a show at the picturesque Hanging Rock. Tickets go on sale on Friday 14 December.
 
UPDATE: Bluesfest—which falls on the same Easter week that Bruce is in the country—had this to say today:
 
"OH – And to all the people speculating about Bruce Springsteen – All we can say is 'We have heard nothing…but who knows what the Noble one is doing over there this week, he was being a touch cagey now that we think about it."

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND - MARCH 2013

Pre-sale tickets available from noon local time Wednesday 12 December to noon local time Thursday 13 December
(or until pre-sale allocation is exhausted) via frontiertouring.com/brucespringsteen

General on-sale tickets available from 9am local time Friday 14 December


THURSDAY 14 MARCH BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

MONDAY 18 MARCH SYDNEY ALLPHONES ARENA

Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

SUNDAY 24 MARCH MELBOURNE - ROD LAVER ARENA

Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

SATURDAY 30 MARCH MACEDON, VIC - HANGING ROCK

Ticketmaster 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au

(Photo: Jo Jo Lopez)

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