Bruce Springsteen plans to reunite with his celebrated backing group,
the E Street Band, for their first tour together in 10 years beginning
in the summer of 1999.
The blue-collar New Jersey rocker made the announcement Tuesday (Dec. 8),
confirming one of the year's hottest tour rumors.
Shore Fire Media, Springsteen's publicity firm, offered no specifics
in a brief
press release but stated that Springsteen's manager, Jon Landau, has
confirmed plans for a worldwide tour are in the works.
"Details will be announced after the first of the year," a Shore Fire
representative who did not want to be named said Tuesday.
The tour will be Springsteen's first with the E Streeters since
Human Rights Now! world tour to benefit Amnesty International.
Coincidentally, Shore Fire also confirmed Tuesday that the Boss
at another Amnesty benefit show Thursday in Paris.
During the 1970s and '80s, the E Street Band gained a
reputation as one of
the tightest and hardest-working backing bands in music,
on shows that lasted longer than three hours.
Springsteen fired the group in fall 1989, saying he wanted
himself by working with other people.
When Springsteen was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame this year
without the E Streeters -- who won't be eligible to join him
until next year
-- many fans cried foul.
Speculation about a possible reunion tour began
brewing in earnest earlier
this fall, when Springsteen announced the November release of
a four-CD box set of rare and unreleased material, much of which features
him performing with the E Street Band.