Just days before what is expected to be a big Grammy night for The Rising, Bruce Springsteen has announced that he'll be taking the E Street Band on the road again in the U.S. this summer.
The first announced dates are three nights at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 15, 17 and 18, according to a Springsteen spokesperson.
Tickets for the shows will go on sale March 1. The gigs mark the E Street's first headlining stadium shows since 1985's Born in the U.S.A. tour, during which they played an eight-night stand at Giants Stadium. The spokesperson would not comment on whether more North American stadium shows are in the offing.
Springsteen and company will perform at the Grammys on Sunday night, and the Boss and guitarist "Little" Steven Van Zandt will join Elvis Costello and No Doubt's Tony Kanal in a tribute to late Clash leader Joe Strummer during the program (see "Eminem, 'NSYNC, Clash Tribute Added To Grammys"). CBS will air the first Springsteen broadcast network special on February 28 at 9 p.m.; the show was taped during an October 16 gig at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain.
After the Grammys, a string of seven U.S. tour dates is slated to kick off on February 28 with a show in Duluth, Georgia, followed by the band's first shows in Australia and New Zealand since 1988 in late March. A quick Canadian swing in April will be followed by a sold-out European tour that will last for most of May and June.