It’s looking to be a good year for Bruce Springsteen fans. In 2013, Bruce and the E Street Band spent a lot of time on the road… but played exactly zero concerts in the U.S. And after announcing a few dates in South Africa and a string of shows in Australia and New Zealand, fans were left to wonder when Springsteen would play his home country again. In a recent interview, he remained coy on the matter, saying “It would be nice to get back in the States if it seemed like it was going to work out for everybody involved.”
Now, it seems like it will work out for everybody involved, at least for one date. Yesterday, the New Orleans Jazz Festival announced their 2014 lineup, which included Bruce and the E Street Band, along with Eric Clapton, John Fogerty, Robert Plant and others. While that’s the only U.S. date on the books at the moment, it seems extremely unlikely that they’d play just one U.S. concert for the year.
It’s also reasonable to expect that they will be one of the performers at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as the E Street Band is being inducted (their frontman became a Hall of Famer back in 1999). That ceremony, at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center, takes place on April 10, which is a month after the Australia/New Zealand tour wraps up and a month before Jazzfest.
Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, performing three songs from Springsteen’s latest album, High Hopes, which was released yesterday. However, their thunder was stolen by Springsteen’s duet with Fallon on a “Governor Chris Christie Fort Lee, New Jersey Traffic Jam” (sung to the tune of “Born To Run”).
— Brian Ives, Radio.com