High Hopes Tour

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High Hopes Tour
Tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Associated albumHigh Hopes
Start dateJanuary 26, 2014 (2014-01-26)
End dateMay 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)
No. of shows34
Box office$65 million
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert chronology

The High Hopes Tour was a concert tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with special guest Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.[1] The tour was seen as a continuation of his previous tour and was in support of eighteenth studio album, High Hopes, which was released in January 2014.

Guitarist Steven Van Zandt was forced to miss almost the entire North American leg due to the filming of his television series, Lilyhammer while Patti Scialfa appeared on a few North American dates. 182 songs were performed on the High Hopes Tour and Springsteen announced at the tour's conclusion the band would be taking a break for the remainder of the year.


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.[2] 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.[3] The tour was the first time Springsteen and the E Street Band played in South Africa;[4] their only prior performances in Africa occurred during the Human Rights Now! Tour in 1988, which visited Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast.[5]


Pre-tour promotion/Rehearsals[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8][9] Patti Scialfa, who appeared at the U.S. rehearsals, did not tour with the band for the first two legs (Africa and Oceania) due to family commitments but rejoined the tour when it returned to the United States.

African leg[edit]

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.[4] "We Are Alive" was also dedicated to Mandela 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.[10] The supporting act for the Johannesburg concert was South African blues guitarist Dan Patlansky

Oceania leg[edit]

The Oceanic leg of the tour kicked off in Perth, where Bruce and the band played for the first time ever. The schedule included stops in Adelaide and Hunter Valley, where he also had never played before; and return dates to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The tour concluded with two shows in Auckland, New Zealand; where Springsteen had 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 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[edit]

Springsteen and the E Street Band, who would be minus Steven Van Zandt for most of the leg and were re-joined by Patti Scialfa, returned to North America for the first time since December 2012 by kicking off the leg in Dallas, Texas. The show was part of the March Madness Music festival and was free and open the public, a first in over 40 years for Springsteen.[11][12] Like with the previous legs, Springsteen continued to open with an obscure cover song, this time being Van Halen's "Jump", a reference to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's Final Four that was held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The cover song openers continued in Virginia Beach as the show opened with "May I", a song by Virginia's Bill Deal and the Rhondels. The show also featured the first ever performance of "The Wall" with the E Street Band. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Springsteen opened the show with the Darkness on the Edge of Town outtake, "Iceman", making the first time that the song was played with the E Street Band. The show also contained a variety of cover songs, including "Mustang Sally", "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Louie Louie". Prior to the show, Springsteen shot a music video for the song "American Beauty".[13]

The Pittsburgh show featured the live debut of a cover of "Clampdown" by The Clash, which would be performed a few more times during the tour. The show in Florida saw the world premier of the song "Linda Let Me Be the One", nearly 40 years after it was recorded as part of the Born to Run sessions along with the first performance with the E Street Band of "Hearts of Stone". The "Highway to Hell" cover was also revived on several occasions on this leg of the tour. Springsteen opened the Tampa show with a cover of the folk song, "Joe Hill" and also performed "Jesse James" for the first time with the E Street Band and "Brothers Under the Bridge" which was performed just once previously in 1999 with the E Street Band. Springsteen and the E Street band made their third appearance at the annual "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" which featured the first E Street Band performances of "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" and a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Green River" in which the band were joined by John Fogerty. The tour made its way to Houston, TX three days later where they were joined Joe Ely for cover versions of "Great Balls of Fire" and "Lucille". "One Step Up" was also performed with the E Street Band for the first time since the 1988 Tunnel of Love Express Tour.

After a week off, the tour resumed for the start of its final four dates beginning in Albany, NY where the band performed cover versions of "Save the Last Dance For Me" and for the first time ever with Springsteen, "Treat Her Right". Covers of "Don't Change" and "Stayin' Alive" returned to the set for the first time since Australia. Springsteen also gave a solo performance of "Kingdom of Days", a rarely performed song from Working on a Dream. The tour's first and only outdoor show on the North American leg was held in Hershey, PA where "Be True" made its tour debut along with other rarities including "Roulette" and solo versions of "For You" and "Surprise, Surprise". The tour made its final two stops in Uncasville, CT at one of the smallest venues on the entire tour with a capacity of 10,000. Steven Van Zandt also made a surprise return to the tour after missing the entire leg. The first show featured very rare performances and tour debuts which included the show opener, "Racing in the Street '78", "The Price You Pay" and a cover of the Gary U.S. Bonds classic, "Quarter to Three". The tour ended on a wild note with many tour and live debuts with the biggest highlights being the live debut of the 1992 Human Touch outtake, "Seven Angels", the third performance of "Don't Look Back" since 2000 and possibly the biggest surprise of the tour, a performance of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town". The show ended with "Jungleland", a song that has become more of a rarity since the passing of Clarence Clemons, and "Dream Baby Dream".

During the North American leg, the E Street Band were inducted by Springsteen (who was inducted in 1999 as a solo artist) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10. Springsteen and E Street Band were joined by former members Vini Lopez and David Sancious for a three-song performance.

Show downloads[edit]

Image of the USB wristband that was sold at shows and online

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.[14][15] 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, priced at $9.99 for MP3, and $14.99 for FLAC.

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."[16] "We started out as being very, very controlling. Now it's just a different playing field and so it's exciting." Springsteen said.

Fans had until June 30, 2014 to purchase downloads through Springsteen's website. They would no longer be for sale following that date. All but one show were restored on November 17, 2014 upon the opening of Bruce Springsteen Archives

Ticket scalping[edit]

As with Springsteen's previous tours, tickets were 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.[17] 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.[18]


On April 4, 2014, HBO aired Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes, a 30-minute documentary on the making of the High Hopes album which featured footage of the band in the studio recording the album along with rehearsals for the tour.[19] In May 2014, Sony Music Netherlands released a 45-minute documentary to YouTube titled High Hopes In South Africa which documented Springsteen and the E Street Band's first concerts in South Africa.[20]

Springsteen's response[edit]

On May 18, 2014 prior to the tour's final show, Springsteen gave an interview for E Street Radio where he issued his response on this tour and the previous tour:

"I just wanted to get a chance to thank all of the fans who came to all of the shows. We've had incredible audiences in Europe, South America, Africa, down under in Australia and here in the United States. Our reach has been greater than it's ever been before, the audiences have never been greater, and we're looking forward to nothing but more in the future."

Set list[edit]


List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
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 12,648 / 12,648 $1,974,358
March 1, 2014 Auckland New Zealand Mount Smart Stadium 73,958 / 73,958 $10,221,082
March 2, 2014
North America[23]
April 6, 2014[A] Dallas United States Reunion Park N/A N/A
April 8, 2014 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena 12,728 / 14,534 $1,312,323
April 12, 2014 Virginia Beach Farm Bureau Live 15,157 / 19,501 $1,148,389
April 15, 2014 Columbus Nationwide Arena 13,226 / 16,547 $1,314,957
April 17, 2014 Nashville Bridgestone Arena 14,684 / 16,550 $1,229,977
April 19, 2014 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 12,372 / 13,706 $1,316,489
April 22, 2014 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center 16,372 / 17,514 $1,750,727
April 24, 2014 Raleigh PNC Arena 12,243 / 13,456 $1,348,630
April 26, 2014 Atlanta Aaron's Amphitheatre 12,193 / 18,658 $1,073,059
April 29, 2014 Sunrise BB&T Center 14,327 / 18,859 $1,434,757
May 1, 2014 Tampa MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre 14,207 / 19,128 $1,114,737
May 3, 2014[B] New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course N/A N/A
May 6, 2014 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 16,158 / 16,158 $1,215,604
May 13, 2014 Albany Times Union Center 14,937 / 14,937 $1,658,178
May 14, 2014 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium 28,398 / 30,261 $2,984,798
May 17, 2014 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 15,716 / 15,716 $1,798,990
May 18, 2014
TOTAL 554,032 / 586,839 (94.6%) $64,929,714

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"

Songs performed[edit]

Originals/studio tracks


Supporting acts[edit]


The E Street Band[edit]



The E Street Horns:

The E Street Choir:

Guest musicians/appearances[edit]


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