WASHINGTON, D.C. – The New Year brings a new Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour, the first tour since his 2014 High Hopes tour. The River Tour (#TheRiverTour) starts on Jan. 16 at the Console Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
The tour is in support of the band’s recently released “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” a comprehensive look at the era of the 1980 “The River” album. Offering fans a bit of pre-tour ear candy, Springsteen precedes the tour with a Dec. 19 performance on “Saturday Night Live,” his third appearance on the NBC show.
Meeting the demands of an Internet fan base that finds, and buys, their music online, each night of the tour will be mixed for release on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net. The songs will be available as CDs or 24 bit High Resolution downloads, CD-Quality FLAC or Apple Lossless downloads or MP3s.
Fans who order all 24 nights of recordings will save 10 percent. FaRecordings will be available within days of each performance.
The original The River Tour began Oct. 3, 1980, two weeks before the release of Springsteen’s fifth album, and continued through Sept. 4, 1981. With sets that regularly approached the four-hour range, the 140-date international tour firmly established a reputation for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as marathon performers.
Having personally seen the tour’s Chicago date, if only one Springsteen tour is on your bucket list, I say this would be the one to catch.
“The Ties That Bind: The River Collection” includes 52 tracks on four CDs with a wealth of unreleased material and four hours of never-before-seen video on three DVDs. It contains the original “The River” double album; the first official release of “The River: Single Album”; a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a brand-new documentary about “The River”; and a coffee-table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia and a new essay by Mikal Gilmore.
The set also includes a two-DVD film of never-released, newly edited multi-camera footage from a November 1980 show in Tempe, Arizona, described by NPR as a “holy grail.”
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 2016 US tour dates:
Jan. 16 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center
Jan. 19 Chicago United Center
Jan. 24 & 27 New York Madison Square Garden
Jan. 29 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
Jan. 31 Newark, N.J. Prudential Center
Feb. 2 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre
Feb. 4 Boston TD Garden
Feb. 8 Albany, N.Y. Times Union Center
Feb. 10 Hartford, Conn. XL Center
Feb. 12 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
Feb. 16 Sunrise, Fla. BB&T Center
Feb. 18 Atlanta Philips Arena
Feb. 21 Louisville, Ky. KFC Yum! Center
Feb. 23 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
Feb. 25 Buffalo, N.Y. First Niagara Center
Feb. 27 Rochester, N.Y. Blue Cross Arena
Feb. 29 St Paul, Minn. Xcel Energy Center
March 3 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley Center
March 6 St Louis Chaifetz Arena
March 10 Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena
March 13 Oakland, Calif Oracle Arena
March 15 & 17 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena