High Hopes Tour
|Bruce Springsteen 2014 Tour|
|Tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band|
|Associated album||High Hopes|
|Start date||January 28, 2014|
|Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour chronology|
The Bruce Springsteen 2014 tour is a concert tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band along with special guest, Tom Morello. The tour is in support of Springsteen's eighteenth studio album, High Hopes, which was released in January 2014.
Springsteen's manager, Jon Landau, said in a statement that the band's shows in Australia earlier in 2013 were among the best and most satisfying of the 128-date Wrecking Ball Tour. Landau further stated the 2014 tour had been in the works since the previous Australian leg, in large part due to its success and huge response from younger fans. A goal was to expand the number of places the band performed to include Perth and Adelaide, two places Springsteen had never performed, and Auckland, where Springsteen had not performed in over a decade. During the previous Australian tour, Tom Morello stood in for Steven Van Zandt, who was absent due to filming of his television series, Lilyhammer. Springsteen told Rolling Stone that he had written and recorded a substantial amount of new music with the E Street Band and Morello. That material, along with others, would eventually make up the High Hopes album.
Initial tour dates in Australia and New Zealand were announced on August 15, 2013, with additional dates announced over the ensuing months. Subsequently, on October 28, 2013, Springsteen's management announced additional concerts in South Africa. The tour was the first time Springsteen and the E Street Band played in South Africa; their only prior performances in Africa occurred during the Human Rights Now! Tour in 1988, which visited Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon dedicated the entire show on January 14, 2014, to Springsteen and the new album. Springsteen and Fallon, who were dressed as Springsteen from the Born in the U.S.A. era, performed a parody song titled "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam" set to the tune of "Born to Run". The parody poked fun at the Fort Lee lane closure scandal. Fallon said he warned Christie about the skit prior to doing it because he knew it could possibly sting a bit. The E Street Band (with Patti Scialfa and minus Van Zandt, who was again filming Lilyhammer), along with Tom Morello, joined Springsteen throughout the show for performances of three songs from the new album. Fallon also interviewed Springsteen.
Rehearsals for the tour began in the U.S. around January 21, 2014, again without Van Zandt, who joined the band in Cape Town for final rehearsals prior to the tour's opening night. Patti Scialfa, who appeared at the U.S. rehearsals, will not tour with the band for at least the first two legs due to family commitments and it is unknown if she will join the tour when it returns to the United States.
The tour kicked off on January 26, 2014, with the first of three shows in Cape Town, South Africa. Springsteen opened with a cover of "Free Nelson Mandela" by The Special AKA. "We Are Alive" was also dedicated to Mandala later in the set. During the second show in Cape Town, Springsteen dedicated "We Shall Overcome" to Pete Seeger, who died on January 27 at the age of 94. "I lost a great friend and a great hero last night, Pete Seeger", Springsteen said before introducing the song. The third show featured a cover of "Sun City", an anti-apartheid song written by Van Zandt in 1986 and originally recorded by Artists United Against Apartheid. Springsteen had also appeared in the song's music video. Mos Def made a surprise appearance during the song's performance. Over the course of the three Cape Town shows, 57 different songs were performed. Prior to his show in Johannesburg, Springsteen reprised an occasional practice from past tours and took the stage a few hours prior to showtime to perform a brief acoustic set for early-arriving fans.
The Oceanic leg of the tour kicked off in Perth, were Bruce and the band played for the first time ever. The schedule included stops in Adelaide and Hunter Valley, where he also has never played before; and return dates to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The tour concluded with two shows in Auckland, New Zealand; where Springsteen has not performed in over a decade.
During the run of the leg, several songs from the new album were premiered, including Frankie Fell in Love and Hunter of Invisible Game. The Wish was also played for the first time ever at an E Street band show (although performed by Springsteen as an acoustic version). During many shows Bruce would incorporate cover songs from local artists. Highway to Hell by AC/DC proved very popular and was played on several occasions, the band was joined by Eddie Vedder twice for that song. Other covers by Australian artists included INXS (Don't Change), The Easybeats (Friday on My Mind) and the Bee Gees (Stayin' Alive). The shows in Hunter Valley took place at the Hope Estate, a local winery. Bruce used the opportunity to bring out some unlikely covers, Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee by Stick McGhee and Spill the Wine by Eric Burdon and War. In Auckland, he opened both shows with a cover of the Lorde song Royals, his most up-to-date cover ever.
Springsteen reprised the practice of performing full albums in the cities he had been to during the last tour. Born in the U.S.A., Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle were played top to bottom. For the latter one Bruce and the band were joined by the string ensemble Cooper + Koo, who also were on stage during the Stayin’ Alive cover.
Other noticeable shows were the last show in Perth, where Springsteen did not play a single song from the The Rising album, something that had not happened since its release in 2002. The show in Brisbane featured eleven songs from the first two albums, something that had never previously happened at a Springsteen show. During the shows in Auckland, Springsteen mentioned Christchurch and the recent happenings several times and dedicated songs on both nights to it.
Jake Clemons was not present at the Sydney show due to the death of his father, Clarence's brother Bill, earlier in the week.
North American leg
Springsteen was asked about future plans for the tour and possibly adding dates in the United States. He replied, "We're looking around now to see what we might do. I don't want to say 'yes' because I don't want to disappoint people, but I certainly don't want to rule it out either. We're looking closely since there's places we missed on the last tour. We didn't get to Texas, where I love to play. We didn't get to Florida either. It might be fun to get back to some of those places.
On January 15, 2014, it was announced that Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May 2014. This will be their third appearance at the festival and the first U.S. show announced for the tour. On February 10, 2014, Springsteen through his website announced 15 U.S. tour dates from April through May with tickets going on sale starting February 14. It is unknown if Steven Van Zandt will appear on the U.S. dates due to filming of Lilyhammer. Van Zandt said in December 2013 "I told Bruce I was going to miss five weeks of work to go to South Africa and Australia. But then I'll have to go back to Norway and work through June. If there are other E Street shows, I may have to miss a few and catch up with them in July." It was confirmed in late February 2014 that Tom Morello would be part of the entire U.S. tour. In March it was announced that Springsteen will headline the March Madness Music Festival in Dallas, Texas on Aril 6, 2014.
Prior to the tour, Springsteen's management announced a new service allowing fans to download concert recordings approximately 48 hours after each show. The initial plan required fans to purchase a special $40 USB wristband, which could then be used to download a single show of the purchaser's choice. The wristband would also function as a reusable USB flash drive. Following some negative response from fans over the high cost for the wristband, Springsteen's management subsequently announced a separate cheaper option for purchasing shows directly from Springsteen's website as downloads.
The idea of having wristbands came about through a conversation between Springsteen and Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas. Springsteen stated, "I think we live more in a Grateful Dead touring idea that everything you do is recorded now. And that's okay with me, you know. As a matter of fact, I believe on this tour, we're starting to do something like you can come in, you can buy a [wrist]band, you can get a copy of the night's show. So hopefully we're gonna do that at a really nice quality level." "We started out as being very, very controlling. Now it's just a different playing field and so it's exciting." Springsteen said.
As with Springsteen's previous tours, tickets have been in high demand among fans, selling out very quickly in some areas despite many fans spending large amounts of time online only to come up with bad seats or without tickets. When tickets for Springsteen's first U.S. dates went on sale on February 14, 2014, Ticketmaster again was faced with major problems and delays. Tickets at much higher costs than face value were even available at re-sale sites such as StubHub before going on sale to the general public. Fans vented their frustration through Springsteen message boards and his Facebook page. Problems also occurred outside the United States. In Australia, fans complained of ticket scalping and scalpers re-selling for high prices. Unlike in the United States, which has admitted and tried to correct problems with scalping, the entertainment and ticketing industry of Australia claims not to have a scalper or ticket sale problem despite many complaints from fans, who blame corporate scalpers being able to find ways to get the better tickets prior to the public sale. When Springsteen first announced the Australian dates in September 2013, Frontier Touring's Michael Gudinski said more dates were being added in response to the inflated tickets flooding eBay, viagogo and other sites. Many of the tickets have been originally secured by "bots" which buy up allotments via official sellers including Ticketek and Ticketmaster. Gudinski also warned fans to not buy from these outlets that re-sell tickets because some might not be real tickets.
|January 26, 2014||Cape Town||South Africa||Bellville Velodrome||23,973 / 23,973||$1,848,788|
|January 28, 2014|
|January 29, 2014|
|February 1, 2014||Johannesburg||FNB Stadium||55,385 / 55,385||$3,409,720|
|February 5, 2014||Perth||Australia||Perth Arena||41,682 / 41,682||$6,469,241|
|February 7, 2014|
|February 8, 2014|
|February 11, 2014||Adelaide||Adelaide Entertainment Center||18,644 / 18,644||$3,007,786|
|February 12, 2014|
|February 15, 2014||Melbourne||AAMI Park||62,950 / 62,950||$9,185,208|
|February 16, 2014|
|February 19, 2014||Sydney||Allphones Arena||17,736 / 17,736||$2,693,911|
|February 22, 2014||Hunter Valley||Hope Estate Winery||34,338 / 34,338||$5,418,005|
|February 23, 2014|
|February 26, 2014||Brisbane||Brisbane Entertainment Centre||—||—|
|March 1, 2014||Auckland||New Zealand||Mount Smart Stadium||—||—|
|March 2, 2014|
|April 6, 2014||Dallas||United States||Reunion Park[A]||—||—|
|April 8, 2014||Cincinnati||U.S. Bank Arena||—||—|
|April 12, 2014||Virginia Beach||Farm Bureau Live||—||—|
|April 15, 2014||Columbus||Nationwide Arena||—||—|
|April 17, 2014||Nashville||Bridgestone Arena||—||—|
|April 19, 2014||Charlotte||Time Warner Cable Arena||—||—|
|April 22, 2014||Pittsburgh||Consol Energy Center||—||—|
|April 24, 2014||Raleigh||PNC Arena||—||—|
|April 26, 2014||Atlanta||Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood||—||—|
|April 29, 2014||Sunrise||BB&T Center||—||—|
|May 1, 2014||Tampa||MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre||—||—|
|May 3, 2014||New Orleans||Fair Grounds Race Course[B]||—||—|
|May 6, 2014||Houston||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion||—||—|
|May 13, 2014||Albany||Times Union Center||—||—|
|May 14, 2014||Hershey||Hersheypark Stadium||—||—|
|May 17, 2014||Uncasville||Mohegan Sun Arena||—||—|
|May 18, 2014|
|TOTAL||254,708 / 254,708 (100%)||32,032,659|
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
- A This concert was part of the "March Madness Music Fest"
- B This concert was part of the "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival"
- Dan Patlansky (Johannesburg)
- Hunters & Collectors (Melbourne)
- The Rubens (Hunter Valley)
- Dan Sultan (Melbourne & Hunter Valley)
- Jimmy Barnes (Auckland)
The E Street Band
- Bruce Springsteen — lead vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano
- Roy Bittan — piano, synthesizer, accordion
- Nils Lofgren — rhythm guitar, lead guitar, pedal steel guitar, acoustic guitar, accordion, background vocals
- Garry Tallent — bass guitar, background vocals, rare tuba
- Steven Van Zandt — rhythm guitar, lead guitar, mandolin, acoustic guitar, background vocals, occasional featured lead vocal
- Max Weinberg — drums, rare tambourine
- Soozie Tyrell — violin, acoustic guitar, percussion, background vocals
- Charles Giordano — organ, accordion, electronic glockenspiel, rare piano, occasional background vocals
The E Street Horns:
- Jake Clemons — saxophone, percussion, background vocals
- Barry Danielian — trumpet, percussion
- Clark Gayton — trombone, tuba, percussion
- Eddie Manion — saxophone, percussion
- Curt Ramm — trumpet, percussion
The E Street Choir:
- Curtis King — background vocals, tambourine, occasional featured lead vocal (on "Free Nelson Mandela" and "This Little Light of Mine")
- Cindy Mizelle — background vocals, tambourine
- Michelle Moore — background vocals, rapping on Rocky Ground
- Everett Bradley — percussion, background vocals
- Mos Def (2014-01-29)
- Jon Landau (2014-02-11)
- Eddie Vedder (2014-02-15, 2014-02-26)
- Cooper + Koo (2014-02-26)
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