Wrecking Ball World Tour

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Wrecking Ball World Tour
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Tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Associated album Wrecking Ball
Start date March 18, 2012
End date September 21, 2013[1]
Legs 5
Shows 133
Box office $350.8 million ($355.16 in 2014 dollars)[2]
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert chronology
Working on a Dream Tour
(2009)
Wrecking Ball World Tour
(2012-13)
High Hopes Tour
(2014)

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5][6] 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[7] 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[8] and was the most attended tour of the year, winning the Billboard Touring Award for Top Draw.[9] For the first half of 2013, the tour was named one of the top three grossing tours for the year.[10]

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.[11]

Itinerary[edit]

Planning and rehearsals[edit]

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.[12]

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.[citation needed]

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.[13]

Ticket sales[edit]

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 show[edit]

The world tour began on March 18, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia.[14] 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.[15] Earlier the same night, prior to the show proper, Springsteen had performed a five-song acoustic set for early arrivals.[16]

Springsteen playing at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, UK, 21st June 2012

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."[17] 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."[18][19] 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.[20]

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.[21] At the end of the show, Springsteen was presented with a guitar-shaped birthday cake onstage.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24] 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[edit]

The tour was a commercial success and was named the second highest grossing tour of 2012 finishing behind Madonna[8] and was the most attended tour of the year, winning the Billboard Touring Award for Top Draw.[9] It was also named the 21st highest grossing tour worldwide as of December 2012.[25] 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.[10]

Springsteen was named the #1 musical act by Rolling Stone magazine in their August 2013 issue.[26]

Aftermath and Springsteen's response[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Songs performed[edit]

Source:[27][28] [29][30][31]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 — North America[32]
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[33]
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[34]
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[35]
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.[36]
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

Supporting acts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

The E Street Band[edit]

and

with

The E Street Horns:[5][6]

The E Street Choir:

Guest musicians/appearances[edit]

  • 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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