Friday, December 11, 2015

Bruce Springsteen Adds Second Los Angeles Show To 2016 River Tour

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have added a second show on March 17th at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which will go on sale today (Friday, December 11) at 5:00 pm through Ticketmaster. 

The River Tour, a nine-week US trek coincides with the release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a comprehensive look at the era of the 1980 The River album that's been called "Springsteen's best archival release yet."

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play March 15th and 17th at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for the final rock-n-roll shows in the historic venue before it permanently closes its venerable doors.

The original The River Tour began Oct. 3, 1980, two weeks before the release of Springsteen's fifth album, and continued through Sept. 4, 1981. With sets that regularly approached the four-hour range, the 140-date international tour firmly established a reputation for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as marathon performers.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returns to add to the list of 36 concerts played in either the Arena, or the neighboring Memorial Coliseum, and a cumulative audience of 846,000 fans.

Springsteen precedes the tour with a Dec. 19 performance on Saturday Night Live, his third appearance on the NBC show.

The River Tour is the first for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band since the 2014 High Hopes Tour. Each night of the tour will be mixed for release on as high-quality downloads and CDs. Recordings will be available within days of each performance.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection includes 52 tracks on four CDs with a wealth of unreleased material and four hours of never-before-seen video on three DVDs. It contains the original The River double album; the first official release of  The River: Single Album; a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a brand-new documentary about The River; and a coffee-table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia, with a new essay by Mikal Gilmore.

The set also includes a two-DVD film of never-released, newly edited multi-camera footage from a Nov. 1980 show in Tempe, AZ, described by NPR as a "holy grail."

The E Street Band's members are: Roy Bittan – piano, synthesizer; Nils Lofgren – guitar, vocals; Patti Scialfa – guitar, vocals; Garry Tallent – bass guitar; Stevie Van Zandt – guitar, vocals; and Max Weinberg – drums; with Soozie Tyrell – violin, guitar, vocals; Jake Clemons – saxophone; and Charlie Giordano – keyboards.