Springsteen Returns To American Stages

Completely focused on the "Tom Joad" tour.

Bruce Springsteen will begin a 33 city, 35 show solo tour of America on

September 16 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This is the second

American leg of the "Ghost of Tom Joad" tour; last winter Springsteen played 26

sold-out concerts in 20 North American cities. He then headed to Europe for a

35 show tour that took him to 13 countries and, in the process, sold over a

million and a half copies of The Ghost of Tom Joad album overseas.

Springsteen will play two "special performances," according to a source close

to the artist. The first is the Woody Guthrie Tribute concert, set to take

place on Sept. 29 at Severance Hall in Cleveland; among the other artists

performing at that show will be Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, and Arlo Guthrie.

The Boss will also play a concert benefiting The John Steinbeck Research Center

at San Jose University on Oct. 26. Excellent recordings were made of "many" of

Springsteen's already-completed solo shows, although there are currently no

plans to release them. Springsteen has not yet begun work on a new album;

The Ghost of Tom Joad was released in November, 1995. We understand that

Springsteen is completely focused on his live performances of the Tom

Joad material, and won't start thinking about another album until the tour

is completed in mid-December of this year.

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