A US tour has been confirmed for Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band. Following the band's initial US date in New Orleans on April 30, and a series of ten concerts in Europe, the US tour resumes with a series of 18 shows kicking off in Boston on May 27, and finishing in New Jersey on June 25. Each night, an all new evening of gospel, folk, and blues will be presented by Springsteen with the 17-member Seeger Sessions Band.
Tickets for the European tour dates have all sold out swiftly. Bruce Springsteen with the Seeger Sessions Band sold out London's Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in ten minutes, The Manchester Evening News Arena in six minutes, and Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall in just four minutes, all unprecedented. Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany also sold out in a matter of minutes. Legendary promoter Harvey Goldsmith said, "We announced Bruce Springsteen's concerts in the UK at 9.00am on Friday 7 April. By 9.10am both shows had sold out. This is the fastest selling show ever in Manchester."
In addition to Springsteen on vocals, guitar and harmonica, the US tour dates for the Seeger Sessions Band will comprise the following lineup: Sam Bardfeld (violin), Art Baron (tuba), Frank Bruno (guitar), Jeremy Chatzky (upright bass), Larry Eagle (drums), Charles Giordano (accordion, keyboards), Curtis King (vocals), Greg Liszt (banjo), Lisa Lowell (vocals), Eddie Manion (sax), Cindy Mizelle (vocals), Mark Pender (trumpet), Marty Rifkin (pedal steel guitar), Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg (trombone), Patti Scialfa (vocals), Marc Anthony Thompson (vocals) and Soozie Tyrell (violin).
In Springsteen's note from 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions,' the musician describes the music on the album. He writes, "It was a carnival ride, the sound of surprise and the pure joy of playing. Street corner music, parlor music, tavern music, wilderness music, circus music, church music, gutter music, it was all there waiting in those old songs, some more than one hundred years old. It rocked, it swung, it rolled. It was a way back and forward to the informality, the freeness and the eclecticism of my earliest music and then some."
Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band 2006 US tour dates:
04/30 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz & Heritage Festival 05/27 - Boston, MA - TD Bank North Garden 05/28 - Washington, DC - Nissan Pavilion 05/30 - Columbus, OH - Germain Amphitheatre 05/31 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Amphitheatre 06/03 - Phoenix, AZ - Glendale Arena 06/05 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Amphitheatre 06/06 - San Francisco, CA - Concord Pavilion 06/10 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena 06/11 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Arena 06/13 - Chicago, IL - First MidWest Bank 06/14 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center 06/16 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Amphitheatre 06/17 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Center 06/20 - Philadelphia, PA - Camden Tweeter Waterfront Amphitheater 06/21 - Saratoga, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center 06/22 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden 06/24 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Amphitheatre 06/25 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Amphitheatre