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Bruce Springsteen kicks off tour at Atlanta’s Philips Arena

Bruce Springsteen hits the road again in March and the first show of the tour is at Philips Arena on March 16. Tickets go on sale Feb. 4. Photo: Jo Lopez

Bruce Springsteen hits the road again in March and the first show of the tour is at Philips Arena on March 18. Tickets go on sale Feb. 4. Photo: Jo Lopez

The Boss is back.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be hitting the road again in March, touring behind Springsteen’s 17th album, “Wrecking Ball.” The album will be released on March 6. The first single from “Wrecking Ball,” “We Take Care of Our Own,” is already out and you can hear it at Springsteen’s official website.

The tour’s first show is at Philips Arena on March 18 and tickets go on sale Feb. 4. Tickets are $69 and $99 (plus the usual fees).

Why begin the tour in Atlanta? Perhaps it’s because Springsteen seems to have a fondness for Atlanta, or at least for our Southern Tracks recording studio. Many of his albums since the turn of the millennium have been completely or partially recorded there.

A new Springsteen tour is always reason to celebrate, but there’s a bit of sadness associated with it, too. It will mark the band’s first tour since the passing of the Big Man, Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band’s beloved sax player since 1972. Clemons died at age 69 on June 12, 2011, from complications following a stroke.

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Chris Purdy

January 24th, 2012
1:33 pm

WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Joe The Plumber Too

January 24th, 2012
1:35 pm

Can’t wait, I’ve seen the Boss a few dozen times but never a tour opener, and the first E Street show since the Big Man passed should be heartwarming. Great News.

bajeha

January 24th, 2012
1:36 pm

BRRRUUUUUUUUCE! I’ll be there. The Big Man will be too, in spirit.

JC

January 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

What an honor! I’ve heard several people say, I will not be going because the show will not be the same without C. Well, I’m bettin’ C, would tell everyone to go and enjoy the show. So that is what I will do. Sure, it will be very different without that magnificent sax, But it will also be a night all the E-Street Tramps come together for their official goodbye to the one, The only, BIG MAN!

DAN

January 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

Two down front, please…

Chris

January 24th, 2012
1:43 pm

When are prices going to be announced?

Milli

January 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

This tour will throw me over 100 shows…can’t wait!!!!

DAN

January 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

Milli…like your style…

SoundsLikeTotalBS

January 24th, 2012
1:55 pm

Wow, who knew? The 1% playing for the 99% and singing about being part of the 99% while remaining one of the 1%. Good tickets in Cleveland are “only” $98 per seat. Eat ‘em up, sheep.

Ted

January 24th, 2012
1:56 pm

Finally….the BOSS is coming back to the ATL!!!

Ted

January 24th, 2012
2:01 pm

SoundsLikeTotalBS — You do have a VERY valid point. Makes me really think about if going back for the “UMP-tinth” time really worth it. $100 can fill up a gas tank and buy a few groceries…
Too many folks are now more like Old Tom Joad from the Depression and Dust-Bowl days.
SLTBS — very serious points…I’ve seen BS live more times than I can count — maybe it is time to let it go.

KevMac

January 24th, 2012
2:05 pm

You couldn’t have said it better ‘SoundLikeTotalBS’! Hey Bruce, How about a OWS tour and putting your money where your lib mouth is?

Ted

January 24th, 2012
2:14 pm

Another sad part of this — the $100 probably does not include anywhere from $15 to $20+ dollars in Philips Arena and Ticketmaster fees.

goodidea

January 24th, 2012
2:24 pm

for the pissandmoaners…STAY HOME!

SoundsLikeTotalBS

January 24th, 2012
2:36 pm

“goodidea – for the pissandmoaners…STAY HOME!”

Uh, yea, I imagine many of his fans will because of the ticket price versus groceries or paying a utility bill. So much for Bruce being for the ‘common’ guy.

UGotta B Kiddin

January 24th, 2012
2:37 pm

Regardless of anyone’s feelings, this one will sell out in a few minutes. The lucky ones will then re-sell the tix for a profit. The brokers win.

Gary C.

January 24th, 2012
3:02 pm

Well said, SoundsLikeTotalBS. These highly-paid artists and the Hollywood elite are all hypocrites of the highest order.

how about 400 section

January 24th, 2012
3:13 pm

$25.00? I guess some people would find something to complain about that,too. You don’t go on tour to lose money. Poke fun,say he is not for the working man any longer,whatever! But at least with Bruce and The E St Band, you get your $$$’s worth,EVERY time he goes on that stage.No denying that.

Glory Days!

January 24th, 2012
3:21 pm

The best concert of all time was the “Born In The USA” tour. Left the old Omni drained after 5 hours, with a short break, of the greatest live performance of all time. Made you feel like he was just playing to you and friends in The Stone Pony. It ROCKED! Hard to find an artist today that will play for even an hour, or has the material to play for an hour. And they’ll rip you off with ridiculous ticket prices.
Honestly who in this economy is wasting their dollars on the majority of shows today?
At least with Bruce, you will get your money’s worth.
Saw him in 2000 and wasn’t the same as ‘84, but still darn good.
Definitely won’t be the same without Clarence. Wonder who’ll take over the sax.

Glory Days!

January 24th, 2012
3:22 pm

The best live performance man in history!

theregoes34

January 24th, 2012
3:24 pm

@400 you got that part right. 3- 3.5 hour shows and the old ones were 4 sometimes. hey, times change and I understand the prices.Nothing is cheap.The day bruce mails it in on a show performance,Well that will be his first.Even his free shows at the stone pony when he just shows up sometimes.The man gives it up 110% when he goes to work.

Glory Days!

January 24th, 2012
3:28 pm

“Born In The USA” tour was the best of his best performances….Literally 5 hour concerts, with little intermission. I think the audience was more drained at the end than Bruce.
You’re lucky to get an hour out of crappy artists today for $100+ tix. And of course they don’t even have the material to sustain such a show.
It will never be the same as ‘84 (and I’ve seen him after). Nor will it be the same without Clarence. But Bruce will definitely give you your money’s worth.

BruceAlmighty

January 24th, 2012
3:33 pm

@SoundsLikeTotalBS – you hit the nail on the head. I wouldn’t care what he charged IF he didn’t have to keep opening his mouth, trying to pretend he’s ‘one of us’. Besides, I didn’t think he was all that good when I paid half that 10 years ago to see him. To each their own, I guess.

@goodidea – me and my $100 will stay home, no worries. It’s no crime to not like Mr. Springstein, thank you very much.

CH

January 24th, 2012
3:36 pm

His Glory Days are long gone. I was a huge Springstten fan before all the political agendas took the place of great music. I go to concerts for music,

BruceAlmighty

January 24th, 2012
3:37 pm

@Glory Days! – the show I saw at Phillips in 2000? was nowhere near 110%. He butchered all of his mega hits (Born to run, Born in the USA, etc), hardly said 2 words to the crowd (which my buddy said was FAR from the Bruce he had seen before), and just went through the motions. Again, just an opinion. I liked his early stuff.

Ana Logy

January 24th, 2012
3:40 pm

No Thanks. I will pass.

the shows in 2000

January 24th, 2012
4:12 pm

were great! What in the world are you talking about? He premiered American Skin (41 Shots) that weekend (Sunday show) and both nights were packed. I would be willing to bet 90% went home happy both nights. But great, I hope all of you really do pass on the show, it will leave better seats for those that really want to enjoy the music, NOT to just be seen at a Bruce show. Hide and watch how long it takes to sell this one out. And on a Sunday night that speaks for itself.

Carl

January 24th, 2012
4:32 pm

You people are aware that Bruce Springsteen isn’t personally putting the entire ticket price in his pocket, correct? Do a Google search and read some articles that breakdown how much it actually cost to put on one of these shows at a place like Philips Arena.

Rick James

January 24th, 2012
5:05 pm

The first only time I won concert tickets from a radio was from 96 Rock for Bruce’s show at the Fox in the mid 70’s.It was the most amazing perfomance I’ve ever seen and he’s getting better with time.A must see.

FenderMan

January 24th, 2012
5:10 pm

I never seeen Bruce live because when I see live TV performances (I know its not the same as being there, i’ve been to a few shows) it doesn’t move me. I can watch Bruce and the E Street Band and not move a muscle. How he can bury three guitars in the mix amazes me. Now some old
Bon Scott AC/DC and I can’t sit still.

It is cool he’s starting in my hometown. I guess ATL, Southern Tracks and Brendan O’Brien are
rubbing off on the Boss.

jimmie

January 24th, 2012
5:11 pm

First the organist, then clarence..bruce is next and then the lib sound will be gone FOREVER!! YAy!! I’d rather contribute to people who need help rather than pay these dirtbags alimony and child support bills..rot in he– e streeters!!!

steve

January 24th, 2012
5:22 pm

The truth is that there is no such thing as cheap tickets to a concert these days. I’d love to go. Springsteen and the E-Street Band are simply the best live performers I have ever seen. Sadly, I do not have the money for it this time around. However, I don’t blame the Boss for the high ticket prices. It is the industry. Again, name top act you can see live for less than $50….you can’t.

Fred

January 24th, 2012
5:36 pm

I would go if he would sing and NOT talk. I pay to hear his music not his damn politics. What’s with performers nowadays? Why do they think anyone gives a shift about their political views? They are monkey grinders. Pop in a nickle and a tune comes out.

DP

January 24th, 2012
5:43 pm

To all you Tea Baggers who have your panties in a wad because you don’t agree with Springsteen’s politics, stay at home and nod your heads as you watch Fox News like you do every other night.

jimmie

January 24th, 2012
6:04 pm

Hey DP..nod your head on your boyfriends dic- all night like you usually die!!

Jeffrey

January 24th, 2012
6:05 pm

The Boss saves me some money having the first show here. No way I was going to miss the first show without C and witness what is sure to be a wonderful tribute…

Highlander

January 24th, 2012
6:08 pm

Sorry to disagree (well, …not really), but NO concert is worth $100+!!

And those of you who say he’s just getting better are seriously living in the past. C’mon. man. The guy is over 60 years old. He just doesn’t have the energy he had before and he DEFINITELY doesn’t have the pipes he had before!

Yes, last time I saw him live, he put in a 3+ hour show and it was great. Probably one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended. But that was years and years ago. He’s just not the same …and neither is his newer music. Just IMHO.

Politics and

January 24th, 2012
6:13 pm

other lifestyles (or whatever they call it) if i stopped going to concerts because of that, I would have missed some really good shows over the years. Yes, Bruce,Jackson Browne, Elton John. Well I do draw the line at Streisand. And for all of you “SO CALLED” Bruce fans that are now bashing the guy? Rule # 1. If you want to be taken seriously at all? Please spell Springsteen the right way. Otherwise, anything out of your mouth is just complete garbage. I noticed two around the 3:30ish mark that were a joke! You’re nothing but agitators and know NOTHING about BS &TESB.Not going this time? I doubt you have ever seen one show. I’m no fan of Bruce and his politics at all. But the man can play it like all get out,baby! Not too many in this day and age can do that,Even the young guns….Peace out & much love to my fellow Tramps out there.

3d

January 24th, 2012
6:17 pm

I paid $9.00 back in the 70’s for the Born to Run tour..

My how times have changed.

That was

January 24th, 2012
6:28 pm

at the Electric Ballroom in 1975. And yes, that was something else. People were saying, Man, who is this cat? lol i guess they found out.yep he is older now but we all are. This tour may be it? that is one reason (of many) i would like to go.

Rick James

January 24th, 2012
6:29 pm

@Highlander

Then dont go..

brock

January 24th, 2012
6:55 pm

The prices are fair, and this will sell out. Bruce never disappoints, and plenty of people realize that.

Guy With a Brain

January 24th, 2012
7:16 pm

Hey Bruce-bashers…Stay home and watch Newt Gingrich on FOX. The rest of us will be there to witness one of the great musicians of modern times. Honestly, is there nothing in your lives that isn’t driven by your lunatic hatred of Barack Obama?

Geezzzzz

January 24th, 2012
7:28 pm

What a snooooooze fest!

Geezzzzz

January 24th, 2012
7:32 pm

Rumor has it he will be wearing the “Obamanite: T-shirt, This guy wets his pants every time he speaks of him. Brucey was good back in the 80’s, but like all old rock bands still out there they just don’t know when to give it up.
That’s what makes Zeppelin the class act of all rock bands. Not only were they the BEST rock band ever, they knew when to call it quits when it came to touring and making albums.
Ole Brucey Boy, The Who Stones just can’t get enough of themselves.

funny

January 24th, 2012
7:41 pm

they still sell the place out! Go back to flippin’ my burger GeeBOY!

blazerdawg

January 24th, 2012
8:07 pm

96 rock…now those were the days

Indianapolis IN

January 25th, 2012
6:41 pm

Don’t like Bruce Springsteen? Don’t go his concerts. Problem solved.

I work for a food bank here Indianapolis, IN & he quietly dropped off a $15,000 check last time he played here. Not a single other artist that played our city did anything remotely in the same vein. Yeah, people like Bruce Springsteen, that’s the problem….

Jersey Pete

January 25th, 2012
7:16 pm

Jersey will attend. Any bad mouth and noses will be broken. LOL!

kellibee2133

January 26th, 2012
12:18 am

beyond excited!!! this will be our (the boyfriend and myself) first show.. and we’ll GLADLY pay $100 all day to see The Boss!!! truth be known, we were prepared to pay much much more… will still probably have to thanks to the scalpers (Grrrrrr!), but we’ll do what we have to do! Cheers to all you genuinely loyal fans on here…you know who you are :)