Wrecking Ball World Tour
|Wrecking Ball World Tour|
|Tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band|
|Associated album||Wrecking Ball|
|Start date||March 18, 2012|
|End date||September 21, 2013|
|Box office||$350.8 million ($355.16 in 2014 dollars)|
|Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert chronology|
The Wrecking Ball World Tour was a concert tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to promote Springsteen's seventeenth studio album, Wrecking Ball, which was released on March 5, 2012. It was the first tour for the E Street Band without founding member Clarence Clemons, who died on June 18, 2011. The world-wide tour in support of the album, which ended in September 2013, reached 26 countries, the most ever for one of Springsteen's tours. The tour was resumed in January 2014 however this time it was to promote a new album and went under that album's name.
In an attempt to fill the void left by Clemons, Springsteen added a full horn section, which included Jake Clemons, Clarence's nephew. Three background singers and a percussionist were also added, giving the E Street Band its largest lineup ever at seventeen members. As with previous tours, Springsteen's wife and band member, Patti Scialfa, did not appear at all the shows due to family commitments. Guitarist Steven Van Zandt was also unable to perform on the band's Australian leg due to the filming of his television show, Lilyhammer. Van Zandt was replaced by Tom Morello for those dates.
The tour featured over 215 different songs performed, including some songs either making their live debuts or returning after an extended absence.
The tour was named the second highest grossing tour of 2012 and was the most attended tour of the year, winning the Billboard Touring Award for Top Draw. For the first half of 2013, the tour was named one of the top three grossing tours for the year.
The Wrecking Ball Tour reached fans in more countries than any previous Springsteen tour with 133 shows in 26 countries, for a total of 3.5 million tickets sold. It also holds the record as the eighth highest grossing concert tour worldwide as of 2014.
- 1 Itinerary
- 2 The show
- 3 Critical and commercial reception
- 4 Aftermath and Springsteen's response
- 5 Broadcasts and recordings
- 6 Songs performed
- 7 Tour dates
- 8 Supporting acts
- 9 Personnel
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Planning and rehearsals
Private rehearsals started in late January 2012 at the Expo Theater in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, the same site where rehearsals were held for the Tunnel of Love Express Tour and the Rising Tour. Some rehearsals were held at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton to allow the band and crew to try a new stage design.
It was announced on February 9, 2012, that Eddie Manion and Clarence Clemons's nephew, Jake Clemons, would share saxophone duties with Clemons handling most of the lead solos. Additional horns were provided by Clark Gayton, Curt Ramm, and Barry Danielian. Everett Bradly provided percussion and backing vocals while Curtis King and Cindy Mizelle returned as background singers. Michelle Moore joined the tour as a background singer featuring on Rocky Ground for the rap (as on the album).
In advance of the album's release on March 5, 2012, the band kicked off a string of warm-up performances prior to the tour, including a performance of the album's first single, "We Take Care of Our Own", at the 54th Grammy Awards. During the final week of February, talk show host Jimmy Fallon dedicated an entire week of his show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, to Springsteen's music. Different artists covered Springsteen's songs each night of that week.
The new touring lineup performed their first full show together on March 9, 2012, at the Apollo Theater. Springsteen then gave a keynote speech at the SXSW convention in Austin, Texas, on March 15, 2012, and was joined later in the evening by the E Street Band for a 2-1/2 hour set before a crowd of a few thousand.
On January 26, 2012, dates for first U.S. leg of the Wrecking Ball world tour were announced to the public, with many going on sale during the first weekend of February.
Much like with the previous tour, many U.S. fans encountered problems, thought to be due to ticket scalpers, through Ticketmaster as the first dates of the tour went on sale. Shows were selling out within minutes and many tickets appeared, at much higher prices, on resale websites such as StubHub less than an hour after the onsale time. Ticketmaster said web traffic was 2.5 times the highest level of the past year during the online sales. U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, who introduced the BOSS ACT in 2009 to increase transparency in the ticket industry, said he would reintroduce the bill in Congress.
The world tour began on March 18, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. The early shows established a routine of using "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", performed during the encores, as a tribute song to Clarence Clemons. Following the lyric the Big Man joined the band, Springsteen paused the song so the band and audience could pay tribute to Clemons, following which the band resumed the remainder of the song. "My City of Ruins" was used as the band introduction song and frequently included a Springsteen rap about "ghosts," referring to Clemons and Danny Federici, the long-time E Street Band organist who died during the Magic Tour in April 2008.
Per Springsteen's standard practice, the set list varied from night to night, sometimes significantly. The tour saw the revival of a number of long-absent aspects of Springsteen's concerts, such as the return (during some shows) of a lengthy instrumental introduction to "Prove It All Night" that fans had unsuccessfully requested during the "sign request" (also sometimes known as "Stump the Band") segments during the Magic and Working on a Dream Tours. The instrumental introduction had been a noted point of 1978's Darkness Tour show but had not been played since. Shows were longer than on recent tours, culminating in Helsinki on July 31, 2012, with the longest performance of Springsteen's career at 4 hours and 6 minutes. Earlier the same night, prior to the show proper, Springsteen had performed a five-song acoustic set for early arrivals.
During the encore of Springsteen's show in London at the Hard Rock Calling festival, the city council pulled the plug on his performance because he ran a few minutes past the show's 10:30 pm curfew. Springsteen was performing "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout" with Paul McCartney when their microphones and instruments were shut off. Springsteen ended the set with a brief cappella, unamplified version of "Goodnight Irene." The incident resulted in the show being the lone concert on the tour at which "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," with its Clarence Clemons tribute, was not performed. Following the performance, Steve Van Zandt took to Twitter and said, "English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!" and followed that up with "There's no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. Hard Rock is cool. Live Nation is cool. It's some City Council stupid rule." When Springsteen next performed three nights later in Ireland, he poked fun at the London incident. During "Dancing in the Dark" the big screens by the stage displayed only a battery switched "On." A fake policeman came out to the stage to stop them playing "Twist and Shout" but Springsteen refused. While playing American Land, the fake policeman pulled the plug, but Van Zandt plugged it back in.
The tour returned to the United States in August 2012 and focused on baseball and football stadiums. The tour's third (and final) show at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2012, was delayed for two hours due to a strong thunderstorm. The show finally got underway around 10:30 pm, prompting fans to sing "Happy Birthday" to Springsteen at midnight to celebrate his 63rd birthday. At the end of the show, Springsteen was presented with a guitar-shaped birthday cake onstage.
On October 29, 2012, the New Jersey area was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Springsteen's show in Rochester, New York, the following day was forced to be postponed until October 31, 2012. That night, Springsteen dedicated his performance to those affected by the storm and those helping to recover. Springsteen and the E Street Band performed "Land of Hope and Dreams" during a one-hour televised telethon called Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together on November 2, 2012. Springsteen also joined Billy Joel, Steven Tyler and Jimmy Fallon for a performance of "Under the Boardwalk". He later participated in the 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, a benefit concert for Sandy victims.
Due to filming of his television show, Lilyhammer, Steven Van Zandt was forced to miss the Australian leg of the tour in 2013. Tom Morello replaced Van Zandt for those dates. Van Zandt made his return in late April 2013 when he opened the first of the band's two shows in Oslo, Norway, by singing Frank Sinatra's "My Kind of Town" in character as Frank "the fixer" Tagliano from Lilyhammer. As with 2009's Working on a Dream Tour, some shows featured full-album performances of Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and Born in the U.S.A. The European leg ended in late July 2013.
The final leg of the tour took place in September 2013 with Springsteen's first-ever show in Santiago, Chile, on September 12. The tour subsequently featured dates in Argentina and Brazil, with the final show at the at the Rock in Rio festival on September 21. The show, which was held at Cidade do Rock, was broadcast broadcast live on cable in Brazil and over the Internet via YouTube.
Critical and commercial reception
The tour was a commercial success and was named the second highest grossing tour of 2012 finishing behind Madonna and was the most attended tour of the year, winning the Billboard Touring Award for Top Draw. It was also named the 21st highest grossing tour worldwide as of December 2012. In July 2013, the tour was named one of the top three grossing tours for the first half of 2013 along with tours by Bon Jovi, who grossed the highest so far, and the Rolling Stones.
Aftermath and Springsteen's response
During the tour, Springsteen felt inspired to start working on his eighteenth studio album, which eventually became High Hopes. The album was recorded in 2013 during breaks in the Wrecking Ball Tour and was released in January 2014. Springsteen cited Morello, who helped re-introduce some previously recorded songs and cover songs to the recording sessions and live shows, as a huge inspiration on the album.
Broadcasts and recordings
A number of the festival dates performed on the tour had excerpts from the performance broadcast on television. Additionally, 45 minutes of the 2012 Hyde Park show in London was released as a bonus feature on the Springsteen & I DVD release.
Coinciding with the Born in the U.S.A. album's 30th anniversary, Born in the U.S.A. Live: London 2013, a live DVD of the full performance of the album recorded at the 2013 Hard Rock Calling festival, was released through Amazon.com as part of a deluxe edition of the High Hopes album.
|Leg 1 — North America|
|March 18, 2012||Atlanta||United States||Philips Arena||14,959 / 17,700||$1,382,345|
|March 19, 2012||Greensboro||Greensboro Coliseum||12,919 / 15,400||$1,169,147|
|March 23, 2012||Tampa||Tampa Bay Times Forum||16,615 / 18,987||$1,463,180|
|March 26, 2012||Boston||TD Garden||16,779 / 16,779||$1,577,847|
|March 28, 2012||Philadelphia||Wells Fargo Center||38,034 / 38,034||$3,647,374|
|March 29, 2012|
|April 1, 2012||Washington, D.C.||Verizon Center||17,699 / 17,699||$1,692,142|
|April 3, 2012||East Rutherford||Izod Center||38,068 / 38,068||$3,663,374|
|April 4, 2012|
|April 6, 2012||New York City||Madison Square Garden||38,828 / 38,828||$3,524,874|
|April 9, 2012|
|April 12, 2012||Detroit||The Palace of Auburn Hills||15,607 / 15,607||$1,272,044|
|April 13, 2012||Buffalo||First Niagara Center||18,344 / 18,344||$1,508,680|
|April 16, 2012||Albany||Times Union Center||14,962 / 14,962||$1,401,386|
|April 17, 2012||Cleveland||Quicken Loans Arena||18,624 / 18,624||$1,565,518|
|April 24, 2012||San Jose||HP Pavilion at San Jose||15,716 / 17,170||$1,515,818|
|April 26, 2012||Los Angeles||Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena||32,758 / 32,758||$3,051,752|
|April 27, 2012|
|April 29, 2012||New Orleans||Fair Grounds Race Course||Jazz & Heritage Festival|
|May 2, 2012||Newark||Prudential Center||16,934 / 16,934||$1,516,758|
|Leg 2 — Europe|
|May 13, 2012||Seville||Spain||Estadio Olimpico de Seville||22,045 / 30,785||$1,798,678|
|May 15, 2012||Las Palmas||Estadio Gran Canaria||23,908 / 30,000||$1,861,267|
|May 17, 2012||Barcelona||Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys||79,430 / 86,000||$6,692,818|
|May 18, 2012|
|May 25, 2012||Frankfurt||Germany||Commerzbank Arena||40,219 / 40,219||$3,759,361|
|May 27, 2012||Cologne||RheinEnergieStadion||40,417 / 40,417||$3,786,222|
|May 28, 2012||Landgraaf||Netherlands||Megaland Landgraaf||Pinkpop Festival|
|May 30, 2012||Berlin||Germany||Olympia Stadion||55,491 / 55,491||$4,514,798|
|June 2, 2012||San Sebastián||Spain||Estadio Anoeta||45,442 / 45,442||$4,068,870|
|June 3, 2012||Lisbon||Portugal||Bela Vista Park||Rock in Rio Festival|
|June 7, 2012||Milan||Italy||San Siro||57,149 / 57,149||$3,855,255|
|June 10, 2012||Florence||Stadio Artemio Franchi||42,658 / 42,658||$2,840,374|
|June 11, 2012||Trieste||Stadio Nereo Rocco||28,109 / 28,109||$2,232,817|
|June 17, 2012||Madrid||Spain||Santiago Bernabéu Stadium||54,639 / 54,639||$4,971,750|
|June 19, 2012||Montpellier||France||Park&Suites Arena||13,289 / 13,289||$1,301,350|
|June 21, 2012||Sunderland||England||Stadium of Light||41,564 / 52,900||$3,693,333|
|June 22, 2012||Manchester||Etihad Stadium||52,546 / 52,546||$4,601,284|
|June 24, 2012||Isle of Wight||Seaclose Park||Isle of Wight Festival|
|July 4, 2012||Paris||France||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy||33,224 / 33,224||$3,259,155|
|July 5, 2012|
|July 7, 2012||Roskilde||Denmark||Dyrskuepladsen||Roskilde Festival|
|July 9, 2012||Zurich||Switzerland||Letzigrund||41,560 / 41,560||$5,193,564|
|July 11, 2012||Prague||Czech Republic||Synot Tip Arena||22,200 / 22,200||$1,639,087|
|July 12, 2012||Vienna||Austria||Ernst Happel Stadion||50,293 / 50,293||$4,502,648|
|July 14, 2012||London||England||Hyde Park||76,656 / 76,656||$7,138,184|
|July 17, 2012||Dublin||Ireland||RDS Arena||76,000 / 76,000||$7,610,327|
|July 18, 2012|
|July 21, 2012||Oslo||Norway||Valle Hovin||39,984 / 39,984||$4,874,294|
|July 23, 2012||Bergen||Koengen||44,068 / 44,068||$5,353,738|
|July 24, 2012|
|July 27, 2012||Gothenburg||Sweden||Ullevi||131,606 / 131,606||$11,968,672|
|July 28, 2012|
|July 31, 2012||Helsinki||Finland||Helsinki Olympic Stadium||43,534 / 43,534||$3,988,494|
|Leg 3 — North America|
|August 14, 2012||Boston||United States||Fenway Park||59,644 / 59,644||$5,646,102|
|August 15, 2012|
|August 18, 2012||Foxborough||Gillette Stadium||49,621 / 50,000||$4,548,896|
|August 24, 2012||Toronto||Canada||Rogers Centre||38,986 / 40,000||$3,672,176|
|August 26, 2012||Moncton||Magnetic Hill Concert Site||30,200 / 30,200||$3,400,901|
|August 29, 2012||Vernon||United States||Vernon Downs Raceway||15,595 / 20,000||$1,475,410|
|September 2, 2012||Philadelphia||Citizens Bank Park||73,296 / 78,200||$6,644,578|
|September 3, 2012|
|September 7, 2012||Chicago||Wrigley Field||84,218 / 84,218||$7,090,141|
|September 8, 2012|
|September 14, 2012||Washington, D.C.||Nationals Park||36,525 / 36,525||$3,305,920|
|September 19, 2012||East Rutherford||MetLife Stadium||152,290 / 159,000||$14,409,760|
|September 21, 2012|
|September 22, 2012|
|October 19, 2012||Ottawa||Canada||Scotiabank Place||16,271 / 16,271||$1,678,662|
|October 21, 2012||Hamilton||Copps Coliseum||16,115 / 18,238||$1,764,732|
|October 23, 2012||Charlottesville||United States||John Paul Jones Arena||9,931 / 13,000||$921,996|
|October 25, 2012||Hartford||XL Center||14,042 / 15,800||$1,329,751|
|October 27, 2012||Pittsburgh||Consol Energy Center||17,956 / 17,956||$1,692,278|
|October 31, 2012||Rochester||Blue Cross Arena||10,405 / 12,323||$1,008,272|
|November 1, 2012||University Park||Bryce Jordan Center||12,078 / 15,458||$1,220,555|
|November 3, 2012||Louisville||KFC Yum! Center||16,699 / 20,491||$1,394,816|
|November 11, 2012||St. Paul||Xcel Energy Center||28,228 / 28,228||$2,708,266|
|November 12, 2012|
|November 15, 2012||Omaha||CenturyLink Center Omaha||10,269 / 10,269||$947,630|
|November 17, 2012||Kansas City||Sprint Center||13,875 / 13,875||$1,094,111|
|November 19, 2012||Denver||Pepsi Center||14,027 / 17,260||$1,284,576|
|November 26, 2012||Vancouver||Canada||Rogers Arena||17,009 / 17,009||$1,824,330|
|November 28, 2012||Portland||United States||Rose Garden Arena||13,790 / 14,798||$1,260,800|
|November 30, 2012||Oakland||Oracle Arena||16,268 / 17,400||$1,499,818|
|December 4, 2012||Anaheim||Honda Center||13,743 / 13,800||$1,279,194|
|December 6, 2012||Glendale||Jobing.com Arena||12,660 / 12,660||$1,197,272|
|December 10, 2012||Mexico City||Mexico||Palacio de los Deportes||7,690 / 12,000||$366,479|
|December 12, 2012||New York||United States||Madison Square Garden||The Concert for Sandy Relief|
|Leg 4 — Oceania|
|March 14, 2013||Brisbane||Australia||Brisbane Entertainment Center||24,493 / 24,493||$4,289,920|
|March 16, 2013|
|March 18, 2013||Sydney||Allphones Arena||47,796 / 48,000||$7,966,677|
|March 20, 2013|
|March 22, 2013|
|March 24, 2013||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena||46,740 / 46,740||$7,662,705|
|March 26, 2013|
|March 27, 2013|
|March 30, 2013||Macedon||Hanging Rock||34,142 / 34,142||$5,395,624|
|March 31, 2013|
|Leg 5 — Europe|
|April 29, 2013||Bærum||Norway||Telenor Arena||43,918 / 43,918||$5,836,045|
|April 30, 2013|
|May 3, 2013||Stockholm||Sweden||Friends Arena||164,325 / 164,325||$16,332,099|
|May 4, 2013|
|May 7, 2013||Turku||Finland||HK Arena||18,558 / 18,558||$2,382,847|
|May 8, 2013|
|May 11, 2013||Stockholm||Sweden||Friends Arena||—||—|
|May 14, 2013||Copenhagen||Denmark||Parken||49,017 / 49,017||$5,102,138|
|May 16, 2013||Herning||Jyske Bank Boxen||14,938 / 14,938||$1,828,163|
|May 23, 2013||Naples||Italy||Piazza del Plebiscito||11,647 / 15,000||$951,459|
|May 26, 2013||Munich||Germany||Olympiastadion||41,579 / 41,579||$3,958,563|
|May 28, 2013||Hannover||AWD-Arena||36,859 / 37,000||$3,876,987|
|May 31, 2013||Padua||Italy||Stadio Euganeo||36,208 / 40,000||$3,102,414|
|June 3, 2013||Milan||San Siro||56,670 / 56,670||$4,209,027|
|June 15, 2013||London||England||Wembley Stadium||70,425 / 70,425||$6,479,237|
|June 18, 2013||Glasgow||Scotland||Hampden Park||44,000 / 46,988||$4,182,184|
|June 20, 2013||Coventry||England||Ricoh Arena||37,262 / 37,262||$3,480,677|
|June 22, 2013||Nijmegen||Netherlands||Goffertpark||64,900 / 64,900||$6,309,898|
|June 26, 2013||Gijón||Spain||El Molinón Stadium||30,571 / 30,571||$2,624,674|
|June 29, 2013||Paris||France||Stade de France||61,867 / 61,867||$5,785,660|
|June 30, 2013||London||England||Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park||33,670 / 33,670||$3,080,399|
|July 3, 2013||Geneva||Switzerland||Stade de Genève||22,391 / 40,000||$3,115,860|
|July 5, 2013||Mönchengladbach||Germany||Borussia-Park||34,050 / 37,800||$3,809,644|
|July 7, 2013||Leipzig||Red Bull Arena||46,346 / 46,346||$4,297,021|
|July 11, 2013||Rome||Italy||Ippodromo delle Capannelle||27,024 / 37,000||$2,261,922|
|July 13, 2013||Werchter||Belgium||Werchter Festival Grounds||TW Classic Festival|
|July 16, 2013||Limerick||Ireland||Thomond Park||28,091 / 28,091||$3,226,410|
|July 18, 2013||Cork||Páirc Uí Chaoimh||37,328 / 37,328||$4,263,690|
|July 20, 2013||Belfast||Northern Ireland||King's Hall||28,211 / 28,211||$3,131,421|
|July 23, 2013||Cardiff||Wales||Millennium Stadium||27,722 / 29,000||$2,507,945|
|July 24, 2013||Leeds||England||Leeds Arena||11,367 / 11,367||$1,134,415|
|July 27, 2013||Kilkenny||Ireland||Nowlan Park||54,292 / 54,292||$6,223,768|
|July 28, 2013|
|Leg 6 — South America|
|September 12, 2013||Santiago||Chile||Movistar Arena||5,256 / 10,100||$481,791|
|September 14, 2013||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Estadio G.E.B.A.||7,095 / 12,000||$729,946|
|September 18, 2013||São Paulo||Brazil||Espaço Das Americas||5,359 / 7,500||$670,466|
|September 21, 2013||Rio de Janeiro||Cidade do Rock||Rock in Rio Festival|
|TOTAL||3,488,955 / 3,566,710 (97.8%)||$$350,817,697|
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|October 30, 2012||Rochester, New York||Blue Cross Arena||Rescheduled to October 31, 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy.|
|May 30, 2013||Naples, Italy||Piazza del Plebiscito||Rescheduled to May 23, 2013|
|June 1, 2013||Padua, Italy||Stadio Euganeo||Rescheduled to May 31, 2013|
- The Black Crowes - 22 June 2013, Nijmegen
- Jamie N Commons - 22 June 2013, Nijmegen
- Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band - 27 July 2013, Nowlan Park
- Glen Hansard - 27 July 2013, Nowlan Park
- Damien Dempsey - 27 July 2013, Nowlan Park
- Imelda May - 28 July 2013, Nowlan Park
- LAPD (Liam O'Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin & Dónal Lunny) - 28 July 2013, Nowlan Park
- Delorentos - 28 July 2013, Nowlan Park
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
- Patti Scialfa - background vocals, some duet vocals, acoustic guitar, occasional tambourine (did not appear at every show due to family commitments)
- 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
- Tom Morello - guitar, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (Morello filled in for Van Zandt during the Australian leg of the tour)
- Jake Clemons - saxophone, percussion, background vocals
- Eddie Manion - saxophone, percussion
- Curt Ramm - trumpet, percussion
- Barry Danielian - trumpet, percussion
- Clark Gayton - trombone, tuba, percussion
The E Street Choir:
- Curtis King - background vocals, tambourine
- Cindy Mizelle - background vocals, tambourine
- Michelle Moore - background vocals, rapping on Rocky Ground
- Everett Bradley - percussion, background vocals
- Jared Clemons (3/23/12, 12/6/12)
- Peter Wolf (3/26/12)
- Adele Springsteen (3/29/12, 9/22/12, 9/30/13 - Bruce's mother danced with her son on "Dancing in the Dark", presented him onstage with a cake on his birthday)
- Tom Morello (4/26/12, 4/27/12, 7/14/12, 9/7/12, 9/8/12, 12/4/12, 2013 Australian leg)
- Dr. John (4/29/12)
- Kevin Buell (5/2/12 - Bruce's guitar tech performed guitar on "Waiting on a Sunny Day")
- Garland Jeffreys (5/29/12, 12/6/12)
- Mumford & Sons (5/29/12)
- Elliott Murphy (6/11/12, 5/3/13, 6/29/13)
- Southside Johnny (6/17/12)
- Jessica Springsteen (7/5/12 - Bruce's daughter danced with her father during "Dancing in the Dark")
- The Roots (7/7/12)
- John Fogerty (7/14/12)
- Paul McCartney (7/14/12)
- Ken Casey (8/15/12)
- Tom Cochrane & Red Rider (8/26/12)
- Olivia Tallent (9/2/12 - Garry's daughter performed backing vocals on "Working on the Highway" with Michelle Moore's daughter)
- Eddie Vedder (9/7/12, 9/8/12)
- Ali Weinberg (9/14/12, 7/28/13 - Max's daughter performed accordion on "American Land", backing vocals on "Twist and Shout" and "Shout")
- Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez (9/19/12)
- Gary U.S. Bonds (9/21/12, 9/22/12)
- Virginia Springsteen Shave (9/22/12- Bruce's sister helped celebrate Springsteen's birthday onstage during show)
- Vivienne Scialfa (9/22/12- Bruce's mother in law helped celebrate Springsteen's birthday onstage during show)
- Mike Scialfa (9/22/12- Bruce's brother in law helped celebrate Springsteen's birthday onstage during show)
- Maureen Van Zandt (9/22/12- Steve's wife helped celebrate Springsteen's birthday onstage during show)
- Joe Grushecky and son Johnny (10/27/12)
- Mike Ness (12/4/12)
- Sam Moore (12/6/12)
- Jimmy Barnes (3/30/13, 3/31/13)
- Jon Landau (5/14/13)
- Gaspard Murphy (6/29/13)
- Pamela Springsteen (6/30/13 - Bruce's sister was brought onstage and sang during "Dancing in the Dark")
- Jay Weinberg (7/5/13)
- Ben Harper (7/13/13)
- Eric Burdon (7/23/13)
- Glen Hansard (7/27/13)
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- "BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND ANNOUNCE FIRST US LEG OF 2012 'WRECKING BALL' WORLD TOUR". www.brucespringsteen.com (Official Site). Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-grossing_concert_tours List of highest-grossing concert tours
- Sources for 2012 Spring North American Leg:
- "Announcing the 2012 Wrecking Ball Tour". BruceSpringsteen. February 22, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band". NewOrleansJazzFest. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Announce First U.S. Leg of 2012 Wrecking Ball World Tour". BruceSpringsteen. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- Sources for 2012 European Leg:
- "Tour/Ticket Info". http://backstreets.com/tour.html. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- "Confirmed: Bruce Springsteen And The E-Street Band". www.pinkpop.nl (Official Festival Site). Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- "BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND CONFIRMADOS PARA O PALCO MUNDO DO ROCK IN RIO-LISBOA 2012". http://rockinriolisboa.sapo.pt (Official Festival Site, Portuguese only ). Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- "Isle Of Wight Festival 2012 Line-Up". http://www.isleofwightfestival.com (Official Festival Site). Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- "Roskilde Festival: Band: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - 2012". http://roskilde-festival.dk (Official Festival Site). Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- "Hard Rock Calling". http://www.hardrockcalling.co.uk/ (Official Festival Site). Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- "New Wrecking Ball Tour Dates Added". BruceSpringsteen. April 13, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- "Wrecking Ball Tour coming to Australia". BruceSpringsteen. December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
- "Rochester show postponed to October 31 due to Hurricane Sandy". BruceSpringsteen.net. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- Bruce Springsteen (Official Site)
- Backstreets.com Tour Info & Setlists
- Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Tour Blog (Fan blog)