Bruce Springsteen Adds South American Dates, Is North America Far Behind???
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have just added three new South American dates to their previously announced Rock In Rio performance next month in Brazil. As it stands now, "The Boss" will hit a total of four major cities -- Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The additional dates are whetting the appetite for North American fans who since the band's 1999-2000 reunion jaunt, have always gotten at least one last string of shows before the wrap of a major tour. Springsteen and the band launched the current Wrecking Ball tour on March 9th, 2012 with a warm-up gig at New York City's legendary Apollo Theater.
Once again Springsteen's shows have taken on the added bonus of numerous fan requests, which seem to become a regular addition to the band's stadium legs. Springsteen shed some light on the ritual that any other touring ensemble would probably loathe to undertake as a nightly occurrence, telling Rolling Stone that the evening's setlist is strictly a formality, "It's purely something to make the band feel like they know what's going to happen. They also know it's not worth the paper it's printed on. . . . In truth, I don't look at it very much during the night. I'm listening to the song that we're playing -- it's talking to me about what to play next. And I'm watching the audience."
Springsteen went on to joke about how he picks the variables that pop up during the evening's setlists: "Sometimes it's the look in someone's eyes about how bad they want to hear that song they've written on a piece of cardboard, their shirt or their head -- the delivery system in very broad."
Guitarist Nils Lofgren told us that the band truly gets off on the spontaneous setlist changes and fan requests: "Y'know, between the 12 of us aiming, hopefully enough of us hit the bull's-eye that it works, but that's the new theme, so. . . (Laughs) If we keep tour. . . God knows, I mean, next step will be writing songs and learning them on the spot, I mean, we're kinda breakin' new ground here."
Drummer Max Weinberg was asked if he could recall a key night when the band found themselves way out on a musical ledge: "Oh definitely. I remember we played a song -- the first time played (the Animals') 'It's My Life' -- which we used to play in the mid-'70s; we didn't know we were going to play that -- we'd never rehearsed it. We knew it. Bruce kind of started playing it on his guitar and then Roy (Bittan) came in on the piano. We just kind of fell into it. But that's the special quality of this band; that ability to pick up those impromptu cues from Bruce."
UPDATED: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band tour dates (subject to change):
September 12 - Santiago, Chile - Movistar Arena
September 14 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Estadio GEBA
September 18 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Espaco das Americas
September 21 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Rock In Rio De Janeiro - Rock City (with John Mayer)
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