Bruce Springsteen's U.S. tour launch braves rain and a Van Halen cover in Dallas
On the heels of a buzzworthy run of dates in Australia and New Zealand, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band used a free, rain-soaked concert in Dallas on Sunday (4/6) to kick off the North American leg of their tour.
In line with a trend that Springsteen adopted in Australia, Sunday's show opened with a cover song, this time Van Halen's "Jump," as a thematic connection to the weekend's basketball action as the three-hour set capped a weekend of free shows and attractions celebrating the NCAA Final Four.
The tour resumes tonight (4/8) in Cincinnati, OH, and continue moving across the eastern half of the nation for the next month. The 16-date run, which includes a return (5/3) to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, wraps with a two-night stand May 17-18 in Uncasville, CT.
Springsteen unleashed "High Hopes," his 18th studio effort, in January. The collection includes studio remakes of songs like "The Ghost of Tom Joad" and "American Skin" in versions that tour audiences are familiar with, particularly in cities where former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has joined Springsteen on stage.
Morello joined Springsteen and the E Street Band in the studio for several sessions that culminated in the new album, and has toured with the band as a fourth electric guitarist across the front of the stage, with Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren.
At Sunday's show, Van Zandt didn't perform, and Springsteen's wife Patti Scialfa took her old spot at stage left, handling acoustic guitar and vocal duties.
Death to My Hometown
Spirit in the Night
Working on the Highway
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Land of Hope and Dreams
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
8 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
12 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
15 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
17 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
19 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
24 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
26 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
29 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
1 - Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
3 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
6 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
13 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
14 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
17 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
18 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena