By: Gary Graff
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will, as expected, be back on the road in 2013, though the latest batch of announced dates are entirely overseas.
The troupe has announced a 22-show return to Europe, beginning April 30 in Oslo, Norway, and wrapping up July 30 in Belfast, Ireland -- with lots of space between shows to add more. Springsteen has also announced four Australian shows for March, as well as a September 15 performance at Brazil's Rock In Rio festival. The full set of dates is available at www.brucespringsteen.net.
Fans are certainly hoping more shows will be announced, but E Street guitarist Nils Lofgren tells us that the group takes nothing for granted and is happy to play together at any point Springsteen is ready:
“I'm just hoping and assuming that if things go well and if everyone is OK with their family, in particular with Bruce and Patti, that they will certainly keep their options open for it to continue, but that's not my call. I'm not involved with that, and it's just standard stuff with any band. It's the band leader. Is he doing OK? Is his family OK? Yep, everyone's good. OK, then let's play a little more...All I know is...I'm playing in as great a band as there's ever been in history, in my opinion, and I want to make the most of it."
Springsteen and the E Streeters play Thursday (December 6) in Glendale, Arizona, and Monday (December 10) in Mexico City before wrapping up the year at the 12-12-12 (A Concert For Sandy Relief) benefit in New York City.
Springsteen has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Rock Album for "Wrecking Ball" and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for the single "We Take Care of Our Own."
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