The big national tour just got bigger for one of the greatest live bands in rock’n’roll.
It turns out Bruce Springsteen was right with his 2014 album, you do have to have high hopes.
Australian fans looking for as many opportunities to see Springsteen and the E Street Band as possible had begun assuming there would be no more shows over his 2017 summer tour. Rumours of the nine declared shows not quite selling fast enough to justify extra dates were put down to this being a third tour in five years.
Maybe we had reached Peak Bruce.
However, just as denial turned into acceptance, three more shows have been announced. As well as Perth getting a third show – on January 22, before the two sold out shows on January 25 and 27 – both Sydney (Qudos Bank Arena on February 9) and Melbourne (AAMI Park on February 4) will get second shows.
The Victorian and NSW markets already had extra shows, of course, with Hanging Rock on February 11 and Hope Estate on February 18 but both have sold out.
Local guitar slinger Diesel has been confirmed as the support act for Hanging Rock and Hope Estate and, with Jet, for the Melbourne shows, while the absence of a support act for the other capital city shows can be put down to the likelihood the E Street Band sets will head towards four hours. And that’s without any thought Springsteen might take time to read from his very well received memoir, Born To Run. Though you would never rule it out.
Tickets for the new Perth, Melbourne and Sydney shows will go on sale on November 10.