Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band announce tour. Max Weinberg will take a leave of absence from ''Late Night'' for the outing

By Brian Hiatt
July 10, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Come on up for ”The Rising”: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will mark the release of their first studio album together in 18 years by hitting the road next month for a 39-date U.S. tour. The tour will kick off Aug. 7 in East Rutherford, N.J. — a week after the July 30 release of the new album. It’ll stretch until Dec. 13 in the U.S., before heading to Australia and Europe, and then return to the States for even more dates next summer, according to Springsteen’s publicity firm.

The tour will boast the same lineup as the band’s 1999-2000 reunion outing, including drummer Max Weinberg, who will take a break from his day job at ”Late Night with Conan O’Brien” for the duration, an NBC spokesperson tells During Weinberg’s leave of absence, jazz drummer James Wormworth will take over his kit, and guitarist Jimmy Vivino will substitute as musical director (the pair took on the same roles during Weinberg’s last Springsteen-fueled absence from the show).

Though Springsteen customarily plays multiple arena shows in most cities, this year’s initial leg of the tour will include only a single performance in each city it hits — even in the Boss’ home turf of New Jersey and New York, which should make scoring a ticket a stressful experience. No on-sale dates are yet known, however.

Springsteen and the E Streeters will preview the tour with a July 30 concert to be shown live on ”The Today Show,” which will broadcast its entire show from Asbury Park, N.J., for the day. Two songs from ”The Rising” — the gospel-tinged, Sept. 11-themed title track, and the string-laden pop song ”Lonesome Day” – have debuted on America Online, and fans have heard other tracks in official listening parties across the country. The album, produced by Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Papa Roach), explores some new territory for Springsteen; one song, ”Worlds Apart,” is said to include Arabic chanting from singer Asif Ali Khan.

Here are the dates for the first leg of Springsteen and the E Street Band’s tour:

Aug. 7: East Rutherford, N.J., Continental Airlines Arena
Aug. 10: Washington, D.C., MCI Arena
Aug. 12: New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden
Aug. 14: Cleveland, Gund Arena
Aug. 15: Auburn Hills, Mich., The Palace
Aug. 18: Las Vegas, Thomas and Mack Center
Aug. 20: Portland, Ore., The Rose Garden
Aug. 21: Tacoma, Wash., Dome
Aug. 24: Los Angeles, The Forum
Aug. 25: Phoenix, America West
Aug. 27: San Jose, Calif., Compaq Center
Aug. 30: St. Louis, Savvis Center
Sept. 22: Denver, Pepsi Arena
Sept. 24: Kansas City, Mo., Kemper Arena
Sept. 25: Chicago, United Center
Sept. 27: Milwaukee, Bradley Center
Sept. 29: Fargo, N.D., Fargodome
Sept. 30: St. Paul, Xcel Energy Center
Oct. 4: Boston, Fleet Center
Oct. 6: Philadelphia, First National Arena
Oct. 7: Buffalo, HSBC Arena
Nov. 3: Dallas, American Airlines
Nov. 4: Houston, Compaq Center
Nov. 6: Austin, Tex., Frank Erwin Center
Nov. 9: Columbus, Ohio, Schotenstein Arena
Nov. 10: Indianapolis, Conseco Fieldhouse
Nov. 12: Cincinnati, .S. Bank Arena
Nov. 14: Lexington, Ky., Rupp Arena
Nov. 16: Greensboro, N.C., Coliseum
Nov. 19: Birmingham, Ala., BJCC
Nov. 21: Orlando, Fla., TD Waterhouse
Nov. 23: Miami, American Airlines
Nov. 24: Tampa, Ice Palace
Dec. 2: Atlanta, Phillips Arena
Dec. 4: Pittsburgh, Mellon Arena
Dec. 5: Toronto, Air-Canada Center
Dec. 8: Charlotte, N.C., Coliseum
Dec. 9: Columbia, S.C., USC Arena
Dec. 13: Albany, N.Y., Pepsi Arena