Springsteen Tour Set; LP Reviews Mixed

 

We have our doubts that the reviews
will have any bearing whatsoever on ticket sales….

 

By Fred
Mills

 

Bruce
Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced a forthcoming world tour –
several European dates were instant sellouts that crashed the ticketing
systems’ computers. For U.S.
shows, most dates will be on-sale on Feb. 2, 6, or 7; a complete itinerary is
at the bottom.

 

 

Back in the
real world, Springsteen’s new album Working
on a Dream
, officially issued TODAY on Columbia (but previously available as a
stream at NPR Music), is getting decidedly mixed reviews from critics. Rolling Stone gave it the vaunted 5-star
review, with Brian Hiatt citing its “romantic sweep and swaggering musical
ambition,” and your friendly neighborhood BLURT, in a 9-out-of-10 stars review,
found Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen offered, “Like Born in the U.S.A. almost
25 years ago, Working on a Dream is an immediately accessible
collection of pop songs whose depth is belied by their simple charms.”

 

Meanwhile, over at indie gatekeepers Pitchfork, reviewer Stephen Deusner, in a 5.8 (out of 10) judgment,
found the Boss artistically adrift, writing, “Now that his big dream has come
true, Springsteen doesn’t seem to know what to do with himself. So he’s trying
to do everything.” And mainstream tastemaker Greg Kot, of the Chicago Tribune, stated flatly that the
album “underwhelms,” adding,  “Based on
the erratic quality of Springsteen’s latest batch of songs, waiting a few more
years [to work on the album] might’ve served him better.”

 

Ouch.

 

 

Tour Dates/City/Venue/On-sale:

 

 

Feb
1   Tampa, FL          
Super Bowl XLIII

Apr
1   San Jose, CA       
HP Pavilion at San Jose        
Feb 2

Apr
3   Glendale, CA       
Jobing.com
Center              
Feb 2

Apr
5   Austin, TX         
Frank Erwin
Center             
Feb 7

Apr
7   Tulsa, OK          
BOK Center                     
Feb 7

Apr 8 
 Houston, TX        
Toyota
Center                  
Feb 7

Apr
10  Denver,
CO          Pepsi
Arena                    
Feb 2

Apr
15  Los Angeles, CA     LA Memorial
Sports Arena        Feb 2

Apr
21  Boston, MA         
TD Banknorth
Garden            
Feb 2

Apr
22  Boston, MA         
TD Banknorth
Garden            
Feb 2

Apr
24  Hartford, CT       
XL
Center                      
Feb 2

Apr
26  Atlanta, GA        
Philips
Arena                  
Feb 2

Apr
28  Philadelphia, PA    Wachovia
Spectrum           
   Feb 2

Apr
29  Philadelphia, PA    Wachovia
Spectrum              
Feb 2

May
2   Greensboro, NC     
Greensboro
Coliseum            
Feb 6

May
4   Hempstead, NY      
Nassau Veterans
Mem. Col.      
Feb 2

May
5   Charlottesville,
VA John Paul Jones
Arena           Feb 2

May
7   Toronto,
ONT        Air Canada
Centre              
Feb 6

May
8   University Park, PA
Bryce Jordan
Center            
Feb 2

May
11  St. Paul,
MN        Xcel Energy
Center             
Feb 2

May
12  Chicago, IL        
United Center                  
Feb 2

May
14  Albany,
NY          Times Union
Center             
Feb 2

May
15  Hershey, PA        
Hersheypark
Stadium            
Feb 2

May
18  Washington, DC      Verizon
Center                 
Feb 2

May
19  Pittsburgh, PA      Mellon Arena                   
Feb 2

May
21  E. Rutherford, NJ   Izod
Center                    
Feb 2

May
23  E. Rutherford, NJ   Izod
Center                    
Feb 2

May
30  Landgraaf, Holland 
Pink Pop
Festival              
March 7

June
2  Tampere, Finland   
Ratinan
Stadion                
ON SALE

June
4  Stockholm, Sweden  
Stockholm
Stadium              
SOLD OUT

June
5  Stockholm, Sweden  
Stockholm
Stadium              
SOLD OUT

June
7  Stockholm, Sweden  
Stockholm
Stadium              
SOLD OUT

June
9  Bergen, Norway     
Koengen                        
SOLD OUT

June 10 Bergen, Norway     
Koengen                        
SOLD OUT

July
2  Munich, Germany    
Olympiastadion                 
ON SALE
NOW

July
3  Frankfurt, Germany 
Commerzbank Arena               ON
SALE NOW

July
5  Vienna, Austria    
Ernst Happel
Stadion            ON SALE NOW

July
8  Herning, Denmark   
Herning
MCH                    
ON SALE NOW

July 11 Dublin, Ireland    
RDS                            
Jan 30

July 16 Carhaix, France    
Festival des Vielles Charrues   Jan 30

July 19 Rome, Italy        
Stadio
Olimpico                
ON SALE SOON

July 21 Turino, Italy      
Olimpico di
Torino             
ON SALE SOON

July 23 Udine, Italy       
Stadio
Friuli                  
ON SALE SOON

July 26 Bilbao, Spain      
San Mames Stadium              
ON SALE
SOON

July 28
Benidorm, Spain     Estadio Municipal de
Foietes    ON SALE
SOON

July 30 Sevilla, Spain     
La Cartuja Olympic Stadium     
ON SALE
SOON

Aug
1   Valladolid, Spain   Estadio Jose
Zorrilla           ON SALE SOON

Aug
2   Santiago, Spain     Monte
Del Gozo                 
ON SALE
SOON

 

 

 

 

 

 

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