Steve Van Zandt says that he and Bruce Springsteen thought long and hard how to carry on with the E Street Band following the 2011 death of saxophonist and co-founding member Clarence Clemons. Van Zandt, who's known and played with Springsteen in several bands since the 1960's, was the last of the E Street Band's classic lineup to join, signing on in 1975. Van Zandt officially left for a solo career in 1984 and rejoined the band in 1999.
Van Zandt recalled the promise of the E Street Band's powers shining through on some of his and Springsteen's darkest days as bandmates: "A lot of discussion. I think that's the most me and Bruce talked about anything since we were kids. We must've had six months of discussions about it, and I think we made a lot of good decisions, beginning with -- let's turn the tour into a sort of anything goes. Let's include all 40 years of what you've been doing -- including the E Street Band, of course. And have a band big enought to handle anything you feel like doing -- be it standing there by himself with and acoustic guitar all the way to the biggest possible production with everything else in between."
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band tour dates (subject to change):
January 26, 28, 29 - Cape Town, South Africa - Bellville Velodrome
February 1 - Johannesburg, South Africa - FNB Stadium
February 5, 7, 8 - Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
February 11, 12 - Hindmarsh, Australia - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
February 15, 16 - Melbourne, Australia - AAMI Park
February 19 - Sydney, Australia - Allphones Arena
February 22, 23 - Pokolbin, Australia - Hope Estate Winery
February 26 - Boondall, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
March 1, 2 - Auckland, New Zealand - Mt Smart Stadium