As expected, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band sold out their Jan. 31 concert at the Prudential Center in Newark within minutes this morning. For arena concerts such as this one, however, it’s not unusual for extra tickets to become available once the stage configuration is finalized. And the venue has created an alert list that people can sign up for, in case more tickets go on sale. (Hey, it’s better than checking on ticketmaster.com every day.)
To sign up, visit prucenter.com/alert-list.
The 24-show tour, which begins Jan. 16 in Pittsburgh, follows the release of Springsteen’s boxed set, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.
“The idea of touring,” Springsteen said in an interview with backstreets.com that was posted yesterday, “was just, well gee, we have this big project, these projects take a long time to put together, and what is the way to get it the most attention, and make it the most exciting? And that’s obviously: well, we could play! It’s been long enough since we’ve played that that tasted pretty good.
“These days we don’t have to go out and play 150 shows every time the band comes together. You can go out and play 20 shows, if you have something to do — or if you just feel like it. We’re no longer bound by the previous rules of, ‘You’ve gotta have a record, then you’ve gotta go out and tour for two years …’ I don’t think we have to do that anymore at this point. Though I’m sure we’ll do it in the future.”
All shows on the tour will feature the River album in its entirety. Joining Springsteen on tour will be a smaller version of the E Street Band than was the case on his last tour: Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Steven Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Soozie Tyrell, Jake Clemons and Charlie Giordano.