Shorefire Media, 2005-09-09, by: Shorefire Media
Bruce Springsteen has added an extensive third leg to his North American tour with seventeen newly announced fall concerts. Kicking off October 6 in Rochester, NY, this leg of the solo, acoustic tour will stretch through November 21, spanning eleven states. Springsteen will perform in arenas modified to theater format.

"We're coming back to some of our favorite cities to make sure the fans get a chance to see how this tour has evolved over the course of the last 50 shows. Bruce just keeps stretching the boundaries of his performance night after night, and the result has been some of the very best concerts of his entire career," said long time manager Jon Landau.

With ever changing set lists and a seemingly inexhaustible repertoire, the performances have functioned as an acoustic retrospective of Springsteen's entire career. This year, Springsteen has performed such classics as "Blinded By The Light," "Racin' In The Streets," "The Rising" and "Bobby Jean," as well as selections from the acclaimed new album, 'Devils & Dust' (Columbia Records). See below for a complete list of the 115 different songs he has performed on his 2005 tour.

"Springsteen is making some of the best music of his career this summer," wrote The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot after seeing an August concert. Calling the concert "electrifying" and "engrossing," Kot continued, "What's startling to realize is that Springsteen is still growing as a musician and singer... he's using his voice not just to convey lyrics, but to shade them in new colors."

Many unexpected rarities have appeared on the tour. Springsteen brought out "Open All Night" and "Used Cars" from 'Nebraska,' each played for the first time in nine years. He played "Nothing Man" from 'The Rising,' performed only three times before 2005. From 'Tracks,' he performed "Sad Eyes" and "Iceman," neither of which had ever seen a stage before. 'Tunnel of Love's' "Valentine's Day" saw its live premiere in 2005 as well. As an encore, Springsteen has often dramatically reinterpreted Suicide's 1980 song "Dream Baby Dream" for the pump organ. Kot wrote, "He was clearly having a ball rummaging around in the back alleys of his extraordinary songbook."

In other Springsteen news, on September 6, Columbia Music Video will release an expanded and completely re-edited DVD version of Bruce Springsteen's historic solo 'VH1 Storytellers' concert. The stunning solo performance is nearly two hours long and features a total of eight complete Springsteen songs including "Devils + Dust" and "Jesus Was an Only Son" from the album 'Devils & Dust.' The DVD also contains Springsteen's detailed comments, introductions and anecdotes on the songs' origins, as well as a previously unseen question and answer session between the musician and his fans.

Bruce Springsteen Fall U.S. Tour Dates

Date City Venue
October 6 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
October 7 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center
October 9 Nassau, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 12 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium
October 13 Chicago, IL United Center
October 15 Madison, WI Dane County Arena @ Alliant Center
October 20 Worcester, MA DCU Center
October 21 Providence, RI Dunkin' Donuts Center
October 24 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
October 28 Boston, MA T.D. Bank North Garden
November 3 Fort Lauderdale, FL Office Depot Center
November 4 Tampa, FL St. Petersburg Times Forum
November 8 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
November 11 Norfolk, VA Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University
November 13 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
November 16 East Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena
November 21 Trenton, NJ Sovereign Bank Arena