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Bruce Springsteen & Bryan Adams set to play Canada's Invicticus Games

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Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, and Bachman-Turner, among others will be on hand at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on September 30th for the closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games. Flymusicnews.ca reported, that the games were established by England's Prince Harry in 2014, with the Invictus Games serving as the "only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured, and ill active duty and veteran service members." The closing night festivities honor the achievements "of the 550 injured service members and veterans from 17 nations participating in the multi-sport events."

The opening ceremony on September 3rd will feature performances by such notables as Sarah McLachlan and the Tenors, with the closing show featuring Springsteen, Adams, Bachman-Turner, along with American Idol star Kelly Clarkson.

Bruce Springsteen has long been a supporter of the U.S. based Stand Up For Heroes benefit, serving the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides aid to those who have sustained the "hidden injuries of war," and has raised over $33 million and helped over one million veterans, service members, and their families since it began.

Springsteen has long maintained that his live performances are the backbone of his career, which connects him not only to the audience and his bandmates, but ultimately to himself: "I knew that the most important thing to me was when I walked out -- whether it was in a little bar on any stage, how it made me feel. Because I wanna do -- find some way in. Some way to be a part of, I guess, a community that was either really there or that I imagined. That I dreamt of.”

Bryan Adams told us that he's always looking to get the audience involved with the show: "I'll see someone out there and it'll just spur on some sort of barrage of comments and then from there just get people involved and then next thing you know, someone will yell something. It's called audience participation, really. It's also just trying to have laugh with everybody. If somebody wants to hear a song, y'know, sometimes we drag them up on stage.”

Updated: Bryan Adams North American tour dates (subject to change):

September 8 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Miami
Bayfront Park Amphitheater
September 9 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place Amphitheater
September 10 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds
September 12 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre At Sugar Land
September 13 - New Braunfels, TX - Whitewater Amphitheater
September 14 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Grand Theater
September 15 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Grand Theater
September 30 - Toronto, ON - Invictus Games at Air Canada Centre
October 10, 12 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Coliseo de Puerto Rico
October 14 - Monterrey, Mexico - Auditorio Pabellon M
October 15 - Zapopan, Mexico - Auditorio TELMEX    
October 16 - Puebla City, Mexico - Acropolis Puebla

Updated: Bruce Springsteen 'Springsteen On Springsteen' tour dates (subject to change):

September 30 - Toronto, ON - Invictus Games at Air Canada Centre
October 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - New York, NY - Walter Kerr Theatre
October 10, 11, 13, 14  - New York, NY - Walter Kerr Theatre
October 17, 18, 19, 20, 21  - New York, NY - Walter Kerr Theatre
October 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31 - New York, NY - Walter Kerr Theatre
November 1, 2, 3, 4 - New York, NY - Walter Kerr Theatre
November 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 - New York, NY - Walter Kerr Theatre
November 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 - New York, NY - Walter Kerr Theatre
November 21, 22, 24, 25, 26  - New York, NY - Walter Kerr Theatre

Side Notes:

Bruce Springsteen has taken a deep dive into his archive for the two latest vault releases packaged as a bundle. Palace Theatre - Albany, NY - February 7, 1977 and Auditorium Theatre - Rochester, NY - February 8, 1977, are never-before-heard mono soundboard recordings of the E Street Band captured live during Springsteen's infamous "lawsuit tour" during the period where his legal issues with ex-manager Mike Appel prevented him from recording his long-awaited followup to Born To Run.

The band was augmented by the Miami Horns, which first joined the Born To Run tour in August 1976.Alongside such Springsteen perennials as "Growin' Up," "Spirit In The Night," "Thunder Road," "Rosalita," "Backstreets," the '77 shows had started incorporating such new material as "Something In The Night," "Rendezvous," and "The Promise." The new releases, which are available exclusively through live.brucespringsteen.net, mark the debut official versions of Springsteen's original soul-stomper "Action In The Streets.”

Also recently released is Bryan Adams' archival DVD, Wembley 1996 Live. The collection captures a particularly hot night for Adams on July 27th, 1996 as he headlined London's famed Wembley Stadium in front of over 70,000 fans.

Incidentally, Adams -- who now lives in England -- was born in Kingston, Ontario after his British parents immigrated to Canada in the early 1950's. The DVD chronicles Adams live show in support of his then-recent release, 18 'Til I Die.

Highlights on the set include such classics as "Summer Of '69," "Cuts Like A Knife," "This Time," "Run To You," "Heaven" -- along with Melissa Etheridge filling Tina Turner's shoes on the sizzling duet, "It's Only Love." The disc also includes covers of the Troggs' "Wild Thing," Moon Mullican's "Seven Nights To Rock," and the Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law.”


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Springsteen was inspired to take up music at the age of seven after seeing Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 and growing up hearing fellow New Jersey singer, Frank Sinatra on the radio. Sinatra also inspired his style of songwriting, which was developed in his youth after his mother bought him his first guitar for $18

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