For most of us, February is probably the one month of the year that we all wish that it was socially acceptable to wander around in our underwear. This coming February, however, will see us ignoring the sweltering heat and throwing on our leather jackets – all in the name of rock ‘n’ roll. Why, you ask? Because less than three years after their last trip to our shores, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are coming back accompanied by some killer support acts!
Returning to Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium and making their debut appearance at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium, Springsteen and his band are no doubt set to put on two unforgettable performances this coming February. The latter will take place on the eve of the anniversary of Christchurch’s 2011 earthquake and will inevitably evoke emotions in the city as Springsteen’s track My City of Ruins became an anthem for those who lived through the tragedy caused by the natural disaster.
The two shows will follow a seven show stint across Australia with Auckland being the final show of the Australasian leg of the tour, and, based on the 2 million tickets that have already been sold internationally in 2016, as well as the raving reviews from reputable publications such as The Guardian (UK), we are certainly in for a treat.
“Springsteen’s stamina, exuberance and ability to connect remain unrivalled.” Guardian UK
If Springsteen alone isn’t enough to tempt you, Jet – one of Australia’s biggest rock bands – are set to take the main support slot at both NZ shows and may give you the final nudge you need to click that ‘purchase’ button on your browsers. Despite receiving a number of requests, this will be their first run of performances since their split in 2012 and is absolutely not to be missed. You can try and tell me that you’ve never been hella drunk, dancing on a table with some kind of makeshift microphone, screaming along to Are You Gonna Be My Girl, but to be quite honest, I just won’t believe you. This is your chance to relive that, except this time you won’t be alone. You’ll be surrounded by thousands of other people looking absolutely ridiculous, too.
Joining Springsteen and Jet as the opening act for the evening is Kiwi act, Marlon Williams and the Yarra Benders. Williams has toured all over, including the UK, Europe, and North America but aside from festival slots, these will be his biggest shows to date. Having being enchanted by him at Auckland’s Tuning Fork a number of times, I am ridiculously excited to see how his performances translate to such an enormous venue and I’m sure it’ll be just as magical.
It’s a massive lineup full of some of the world’s greatest talent, but if February is just a little too long to wait to get your Springsteen fix, you can spend some time getting to know him through his autobiography, Born to Run, out September 27th and the audio companion, Chapter and Verse, out September 23rd. The latter features 5 previously unreleased track to keep your rock ‘n’ roll soul happy until Summer!
Bruce Springsteen’s last shows in Auckland were completely sold out, so make sure you secure your tickets ASAP!
Frontier touring pre-sale begins Tuesday 20th September at 1pm NZT and runs until the same time the following day (or until the allocation is exhausted).
General sale starts on the 23rd September at 12pm NZT.
Prices range from $99-299.
All tour and ticketing information can be found here