Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Reunion Tour

The Bruce Springsteen and the E Avenue Band Reunion Tour was a prolonged, top-grossing live performance tour that includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Avenue Band that happened over 1999 and 2000.

The tour was the primary set of standard live shows given by Springsteen and the E Avenue Band in eleven years, because the 1988 Tunnel of Love Specific and Human Rights Now! Excursions, and adopted two prolonged excursions by Springsteen with out the Band within the intervening years.

The tour was not meant to advertise any Springsteen information; the discharge of the field set Tracks six months earlier had been oriented in the direction of the vacation procuring market, and now not held any chart motion by the point of the tour. The discharge of the cut-down, single disc 18 Tracks did coincide with the beginning of the tour however acquired little publicity or gross sales.


Tour preparations started in March 1999 with a sequence of rehearsals at Asbury Park, New Jersey’s Conference Corridor. A number of dozen of the Springsteen trustworthy, keen with anticipation at what the long-awaited reunion may convey, stood outdoors the Corridor on the chilly and windy boardwalk and seashore, listening to what they may from contained in the partitions and reporting their findings on a number of Springsteen Web boards. It was throughout one in every of these periods that followers first heard runthroughs of “The Prepare Track”, which might turn into the tour’s closing epic “Land of Hope and Desires”. This follow of listening in on rehearsals would proceed for all of Springsteen’s subsequent excursions. Springsteen then held two public rehearsal live shows in Conference Corridor, a follow that will additionally proceed for excursions to come back.

Springsteen opted to start out the Reunion Tour in Europe, maybe to get the present in high form earlier than coming house to higher consideration. The primary leg of the tour formally started on April 9, 1999 with the primary of two nights in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi. Barcelona was within the strategy of changing into one of many strongest facilities of Springsteen reputation, and moreover there have been tons of of travelling followers in attendance. The Europe leg would run by the tip of June, ending in Oslo, and embody 36 exhibits in all, that includes a mix of arenas and stadiums and sometimes taking part in two nights in a location.

Two weeks later the second leg commenced again in america, and happened solely in arenas. It started with 15 consecutive exhibits in New Jersey’s Continental Airways Enviornment. Extra multi-night stands adopted, because the tour focused on Springsteen scorching spots resembling Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. After 52 exhibits, the leg completed in Minneapolis ultimately of November.

A 3-month winter break ensued. The third leg began up in late February 2000 with a present at Penn State College. This leg targeted on principally single-night stands in areas that hadn’t been reached on the earlier leg, together with a few dates in Canada, and once more happened in arenas. Totalling 44 exhibits, it concluded in June with 10 consecutive dates in New York Metropolis’s Madison Sq. Backyard, ending on July 1, 2000.

In all, the tour performed 133 exhibits in 62 cities over a span of 15 months.

Tour dates

Date Metropolis Nation Venue Attendance Income
Leg 1 – Europe
April 9, 1999 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi N/A N/A
April 11, 1999
April 13, 1999 Munich Germany Olympiahalle N/A N/A
April 15, 1999 Cologne Kölnarena N/A N/A
April 17, 1999 Bologna Italy Palasport N/A N/A
April 19, 1999 Milan Fila Discussion board N/A N/A
April 20, 1999
April 23, 1999 Regensburg Germany Donau Enviornment N/A N/A
April 24, 1999 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle N/A N/A
April 26, 1999 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion N/A N/A
April 28, 1999 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier N/A N/A
Might 1, 1999 Manchester England Manchester Night Information Enviornment N/A N/A
Might 2, 1999
Might 16, 1999 Birmingham NEC Enviornment N/A N/A
Might 18, 1999 London Earls Court docket Exhibition Centre N/A N/A
Might 19, 1999
Might 21, 1999
Might 23, 1999
Might 25, 1999 Dublin Eire RDS Enviornment N/A N/A
Might 27, 1999 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo N/A N/A
Might 29, 1999 Berlin Germany Parkbühne Wuhlheide N/A N/A
Might 30, 1999
June 2, 1999 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy N/A N/A
June 3, 1999
June 5, 1999 Zaragoza Spain La Romareda N/A N/A
June 7, 1999 Madrid Estadio La Peineta N/A N/A
June 11, 1999 Genoa Italy Stadio Luigi Ferraris N/A N/A
June 13, 1999 Leipzig Germany Bruno-Plache-Stadion N/A N/A
June 15, 1999 Offenbach Stadion am Bieberer Berg N/A N/A
June 17, 1999 Bremen Weserstadion N/A N/A
June 19, 1999 Arnhem The Netherlands Gelredome N/A N/A
June 20, 1999
June 23, 1999 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Olympic Stadium N/A N/A
June 24, 1999
June 26, 1999 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium N/A N/A
June 27, 1999 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin N/A N/A
Leg 2 – North America
July 15, 1999 East Rutherford United States Continental Airways Enviornment 304,785 / 304,785 $19,000,605
July 18, 1999
July 20, 1999
July 24, 1999
July 26, 1999
July 27, 1999
July 29, 1999
August 1, 1999
August 2, 1999
August 4, 1999
August 6, 1999
August 7, 1999
August 9, 1999
August 11, 1999
August 12, 1999
August 21, 1999 Boston FleetCenter 98,894 / 98,894 $5,469,060
August 22, 1999
August 24, 1999
August 26, 1999
August 27, 1999
August 31, 1999 Washington, D.C. MCI Middle 55,650 / 55,650 $3,575,423
September 1, 1999
September 3, 1999
September 8, 1999 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 39,547 / 39,547 $2,477,370
September 9, 1999
September 13, 1999 Philadelphia First Union Middle 114,922 / 114,922 $7,394,085
September 15, 1999
September 20, 1999
September 21, 1999
September 24, 1999 First Union Spectrum
September 25, 1999 First Union Middle
September 27, 1999 Chicago United Middle 57,833 / 57,833 $3,779,768
September 28, 1999
September 30, 1999
October 15, 1999 Phoenix America West Enviornment 16,978 / 16,978 $1,078,575
October 17, 1999 Los Angeles Staples Middle N/A N/A
October 18, 1999
October 21, 1999
October 23, 1999
October 25, 1999 Oakland The Enviornment in Oakland 47,074 / 47,074 $3,112,423
October 26, 1999
October 28, 1999
November 6, 1999 Fargo Fargodome 17,245 / 20,000 N/A
November 9, 1999 Milwaukee Bradley Middle N/A N/A
November 10, 1999 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse N/A N/A
November 14, 1999 Cleveland Gund Enviornment 40,419 / 40,419 $2,549,123
November 15, 1999
November 17, 1999 Columbus Worth Metropolis Enviornment 17,869 / 17,869 $1,142,738
November 19, 1999 Buffalo Marine Midland Enviornment 19,294 / 19,294 $1,179,765
November 21, 1999 Albany Pepsi Enviornment 16,612 / 16,612 $1,030,851
November 28, 1999 Minneapolis Goal Middle 32,537 / 32,537 $2,071,876
November 29, 1999
Leg 3 – North America
February 28, 2000 College Park United States Bryce Jordan Middle 15,439 / 15,439 $1,015,163
March 4, 2000 Orlando Orlando Enviornment 16,479 / 16,479 $870,412
March 6, 2000 Tampa Ice Palace 18,711 / 19,452 $1,112,428
March 9, 2000 Dawn Nationwide Automotive Rental Middle 34,148 / 38,194 $2,057,142
March 10, 2000
March 13, 2000 Dallas Reunion Enviornment 15,967 / 16,025 $1,026,638
March 14, 2000 North Little Rock Alltel Enviornment N/A N/A
March 18, 2000 Memphis Pyramid Enviornment N/A N/A
March 19, 2000 New Orleans New Orleans Enviornment 13,515 / 17,033 $857,875
March 30, 2000 Denver Pepsi Middle N/A N/A
March 31, 2000
April 3, 2000 Portland Rose Backyard 18,254 / 18,254 $1,184,865
April 4, 2000 Tacoma Tacoma Dome 22,415 / 22,415 $1,472,723
April 8, 2000 St. Louis Kiel Middle N/A N/A
April 9, 2000 Kansas Metropolis Kemper Enviornment N/A N/A
April 12, 2000 Nashville Nashville Enviornment N/A N/A
April 15, 2000 Louisville Freedom Corridor N/A N/A
April 17, 2000 Austin Frank Erwin Middle N/A N/A
April 18, 2000 Houston Compaq Middle 15,690 / 16,228 $985,422
April 21, 2000 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum 23,624 / 23,624 $1,516,815
April 22, 2000 Raleigh RBC Middle 18,872 / 18,872 $1,208,025
April 25, 2000 Pittsburgh Mellon Enviornment N/A N/A
April 26, 2000
April 30, 2000 Cincinnati Firstar Middle N/A N/A
Might 3, 2000 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 38,268 / 38,268 $2,039,728
Might 4, 2000
Might 7, 2000 Hartford United States Hartford Civic Middle N/A N/A
Might 8, 2000
Might 21, 2000 Anaheim Anaheim Pond 31,527 / 31,527 $2,001,143
Might 22, 2000
Might 27, 2000 Las Vegas MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment N/A N/A
Might 29, 2000 Salt Lake Metropolis Delta Middle N/A N/A
June 3, 2000 Atlanta Philips Enviornment 36,122 / 36,122 $2,204,866
June 4, 2000
June 12, 2000 New York Metropolis Madison Sq. Backyard 190,530 / 190,530 $12,217,343
June 15, 2000
June 17, 2000
June 20, 2000
June 22, 2000
June 23, 2000
June 26, 2000
June 27, 2000
June 29, 2000
July 1, 2000

Postponed live shows:

1999-08-16 – The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, rescheduled to September 8, 1999
1999-08-17 – The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, rescheduled to September 9, 1999
1999-09-16 – First Union Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, rescheduled to September 24, 1999 resulting from heavy rains brought on by a hurricane.
1999-11-03 – Goal Middle, Minneapolis, Minnesota, rescheduled to November 28, 1999 resulting from Patti Scialfa’s perforated eardrum.
1999-11-04 – Goal Middle, Minneapolis, Minnesota, rescheduled to November 29, 1999 resulting from Patti Scialfa’s perforated eardrum.

The present

The E Avenue Band’s sound modified with this tour. Initially completely different due to its inclusion of two keyboard devices and a saxophone, it was now extra guitar-oriented, as different-era second guitarists Steven Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren had been each included within the line-up, and as spouse Patti Scialfa’s higher up-front visibility added a fourth guitar. The flexibility of the sound system to maintain the instrumental combine clear assorted from venue to venue and night time to nighttime.

Set lists had been dynamic all through the tour. For some time Tracks’ “My Love Will Not Let You Down”, a 1982 Born in the usA. outtake, was the standard present opener. Though little identified, “My Love” contained all of the traditional E Avenue Band components, led by Danny Federici’s trademark digital glockenspiel sound. Later many different songs served the opener position as nicely, typically equally unknown however much less accessible ones that gave the viewers pause at the beginning. The second slot nonetheless was often given to “Show It All Night time” or “The Promised Land”, Seventies classics that will pull the viewers absolutely into the present, adopted by “Two Hearts”, emphasizing the bond between Springsteen and sidekick Van Zandt. Following these numbers, something may seem.

Halfway by the common set, a set sequence of 5 songs at all times appeared: a loud, full-band “Youngstown”, with a fiery guitar solo from Nils Lofgren; a loud, three-guitars-distorting “Homicide Inc.”; the reliably crowd-rousing anthem “Badlands”; a prolonged tackle “Out within the Avenue” with loads of Bruce stage antics; and a really elongated “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”, which served as this tour’s band intro tune.

It was in “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” that the present’s theme started to emerge. Springsteen used it to ship one in every of his tall tales in regards to the formation of the E Avenue Band, adopting a preacher persona to first sing sections of The Impressions’ “It is All Proper” and/or Al Inexperienced’s “Take Me to the River”, all of the whereas describing a quasi-spiritual quest within the guise of band introductions: a journey to “the river of resurrection, the place everybody can discover salvation. However you’ll be able to’t get there by your self.” [1] The band had been the folks wanted: Max Weinberg was launched as star of Late Night time with Conan O’Brien; Garry Tallent received to play the bass riff from “Fireplace”; Steven Van Zandt was launched as star of The Sopranos tel-eee-vision present (to which Van Zandt responded with a little bit of the theme from The Godfather on his guitar); Patti Scialfa received a build-up as “the primary woman of affection”, after which she would play and sing a verse of her album’s title tune “Rumble Doll”; and Clarence Clemons would get the most important build-up of all, resulting in the a part of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” through which “the Huge Man joins the band.”

From there the present would drop again right into a critical mode, often that includes a delicate band rendition of the gloomy “The Ghost of Tom Joad” adopted by a Seventies epic of loss rotated amongst “Backstreets”, “Jungleland”, and “Racing within the Avenue”.

However then the second piece of the theme got here, with the set nearer “Gentle of Day”. Now Springsteen was the backwoods preacher once more, stretching out the tune and within the center giving an extended sermon on what sort of salvation he was providing. First can be some local-site-specific glorifying or taunting, after which he would intone in time to band beats:

I am right here tonight – I am right here tonight –
To re-educate ya
To re-suscitate ya
To re-generate ya
To re-confiscate ya
To re-combabulate ya
To re-indoctrinate ya
To re-intercourse-u-late ya
To re-dedicate ya
To re-liberate ya
With the energy, and the glory
With the energy, and the glory
With the promise
With the majesty!
With the thriller!!
Now not like my rivals,
I can not … I shall not … I can’t
Promise you life eternal.
However I can promise you –

This “Ministry of Rock and Roll” litany grew to become the (lengthy) catchphrase of the tour, and t-shirts had been printed up with these phrases on the again.

Encores started with fan favorites resembling “Born to Run” and “Thunder Highway”; Springsteen would make elevated use of turning the home lights on throughout some such songs, to extend the communal feeling of the live performance. [2]

Lights went again down, because the next-to-last tune of the present sometimes started the third a part of the live performance’s theme. This was a rendering of “If I Ought to Fall Behind”, initially recorded throughout the E Avenue Band’s dissolved interval, however now solid as a slowly performed vow of togetherness: Springsteen, Van Zandt, Lofgren, Scialfa, and Clemons would every take turns singing a verse, promising to attend for one another. Final got here “Land of Hope and Desires”, the one newly written tune to be featured on many of the tour. Musically based mostly partly round The Impressions’ “Folks Get Prepared” however set to a loud guitar churn with a sometimes-heard mandolin riff from Van Zandt, ‘Lohad’ (because it quickly grew to become identified to followers) was lyrically a deliberate inversion of Woody Guthrie’s “This Prepare Is Certain For Glory”. In Preacher Bruce’s take, all are welcome on the practice – “saints and sinners”, “losers and winners”, “whores and gamblers” – you simply get on board. Stretched to eight or extra minutes, with a number of false endings, ‘Lohad’ represented the fruits of the present’s message of rock and roll revival.

Springsteen celebrated his fiftieth birthday with a sold-out present on September 24, 1999 at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Spectrum, opening the present with reward for his sturdy Philadelphia fan base, then taking part in a voice-mail recording {that a} buddy of his mom left on her answering machine, singing to him “The Huge 50”. Springsteen then quoted W. C. Fields, saying that “All issues being equal, I might somewhat be in Philadelphia”, and broke into his early favourite “Growin’ Up”.

Throughout the tour’s third leg in 2000, Springsteen started performing some further newly written songs, together with a pair co-written by Joe Grushecky of Iron Metropolis Houserockers fame. However the brand new tune that gained by far essentially the most consideration was “American Pores and skin (41 Pictures)”.

Lastly the Backyard exhibits and the tour concluded with the only efficiency of the 1995 temporary-reunion “Blood Brothers”, augmented by an added verse; within the phrases of author Robert Santelli, this was “the one tune that might sum up what he was feeling … Tears flowed, onstage and off, and when it was throughout, Bruce Springsteen and the E Avenue Band, had come full circle—blood brothers, every body.”

Songs carried out

Cowl songs

Important and business reception

The Reunion Tour acquired usually good critiques.

Chris Willman of Leisure Weekly acknowledged that the tour “was as a lot touring tent revival as reunion tour…. Springsteen drove it house along with his nightly impersonation of a preacher throughout ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out’, cheerfully bellowing in regards to the soul-saving energy of rock. Billy Sunday himself can be hard-pressed to invoke buzzwords like religion and imagine as a lot as they flip up in a night’s price of Springsteen lyrics. Houselights got here up at full blast for minutes at a time, bathing the congregation in divine gentle and defying the standard knowledge that rock is finest loved at the hours of darkness.” [3]
Kevin O’Hare of Infoplease wrote, “the exhibits typically appeared like an oldies revue, because of the dearth of latest materials that they supplied. Springsteen was nonetheless electrifying on stage, but it nearly appeared like he’d misplaced his need as a songwriter.” [4] Sandy Carter of Z Journal mentioned that “As we come to the tip of the twentieth century, it is more and more troublesome to imagine within the energy of rock and roll to alter lives. However with the present reunion tour of Bruce Springsteen and the E Avenue Band, the custom rediscovers a wonderful, life-affirming eloquence.” [5] Ed Kaz of the Asbury Park Press loved Springsteen’s hip-swivelling remark throughout the “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” rap that “I’ve the Ghost of Tom Jones inside me!” [6] Music author Robert Santelli later acknowledged that, “The exhibits weren’t so long as they was, however any rock followers who’d been to their share of live shows might see that Bruce Springsteen and the E Avenue Band was nonetheless the perfect within the enterprise.”[This quote needs a citation]

Springsteen himself was proud of the end result of the tour: “We knew the band was gonna play nicely and that everyone’s dedication was stronger than ever, and other people had been excited. Hey, it was thrilling simply to be onstage with these folks once more. It was a number of enjoyable standing subsequent to Steve, , standing subsequent to Clarence, and also you notice that that factor alone was one thing that … It had nice which means for our viewers and, and for me, in my life.” [7][permanent dead link]

Continental Airways Enviornment hung a banner celebrating the 15 bought out Reunion Tour exhibits there in July and August 1999.

The second leg’s beginning stand of 15 consecutive exhibits at Continental Airways Enviornment not solely set a document for the Meadowlands Sports activities Complicated [8][permanent dead link], but additionally set an business document for consecutive giant area exhibits. [9] The exhibits had been all authentic sell-outs; the sector has a banner hanging from the rafters to commemorate this achievement, proper subsequent to the banners celebrating championships from the resident sports activities groups.

Gross sales weren’t equally sturdy in all areas of the nation, nonetheless. The American South, at all times an space that Springsteen had much less relative reputation in, was changing into much more troublesome for him; poor gross sales had been reported within the Little Rock, Arkansas space [10], for instance.

In truth, the present was pitched in the direction of hard-core Springsteen followers. Lesser-known tracks and rarities abounded within the set lists; sufficient album oriented rock radio classics had been included to maintain educated rock followers content material, however Springsteen’s High 40 pop hits from the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineties had been nearly utterly ignored, inflicting marked discontent outdoors arenas for attendees coming from that perspective. In different methods, too, the tour was a feast for “Bruce tramps”. Web boards and ticket change websites made travelling to a number of exhibits simpler than ever. Suggestions had been exchanged about how finest to get “jailbait” seats, these within the first 17 rows of the sector ground for which a particular bracelet was worn. In its conventional anti-scalping measure, Springsteen’s administration held tickets out for day-of-the-show “drop traces”, for which ticketless followers organized ready traces. Even higher was the “Man in Black”, a darkly dressed Springsteen consultant who would stroll the higher rafters earlier than a present and improve among the fortunate trustworthy to front-row seats (and feed the exchanged nosebleeds out to the drop line). Certainly, some followers purposefully purchased or sat in unhealthy seats in hope of an MIB go to, although it appeared to assist choice possibilities if somebody younger, enticing and feminine was within the get together.

On the time the Reunion Tour accomplished in mid-2000, it was the highest-grossing live performance tour in North America for the yr as much as that time. [11]

Broadcasts and recordings

The ultimate two exhibits at Madison Sq. Backyard grew to become the supply for Bruce Springsteen & the E Avenue Band: Stay In New York Metropolis, which aired as an HBO tv particular on April 7, 2001 [12][permanent dead link], and subsequently was launched in longer type as a DVD after which a CD. Nevertheless none of those types introduced a whole present, nor songs of their authentic live performance order.

A number of exhibits had been launched as a part of the Bruce Springsteen Archives:

  • Madison Sq. Backyard, New York 07/01/2000, launched October 6, 2017
  • Chicago September 30, 1999, launched September 7, 2018
  • Los Angeles October 23, 1999, launched October 11, 2019
  • First Union Middle, Philadelphia September 25, 1999, launched July 3, 2020
  • Madison Sq. Backyard, New York 06/27/2000, launched March 12, 2021
  • Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim 05/22/2000, launched January 7, 2022.


The E Avenue Band

  • Bruce Springsteen – lead vocals, electrical guitar (most lead guitar components), acoustic guitar, harmonica, uncommon piano
  • Roy Bittan – piano, synthesizer
  • Clarence Clemons – saxophone, percussion, background vocals
  • Danny Federici – organ, digital glockenspiel, accordion
  • Nils Lofgren – electrical guitar (some lead guitar components), acoustic guitar, pedal metal guitar, background vocals
  • Patti Scialfa – acoustic guitar, background vocals, some featured duet vocals
  • Garry Tallent – bass guitar, upright bass
  • Steven Van Zandt – electrical guitar (occasional lead guitar components), mandolin, background vocals
  • Max Weinberg – drums

Weinberg needed to take a number of leaves of absence from his bandleading position on Late Night time with Conan O’Brien, and the lengthy break between the second and third legs was partly to accommodate him.[citation needed]

Van Zandt needed to juggle his capturing schedule for his position on The Sopranos across the tour’s dates; consequently, his character Silvio Dante’s involvement within the sequence’ second season was extra restricted than it might be different seasons.[citation needed]


  • Santelli, Robert. Greetings From E Avenue: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Avenue Band. Chronicle Books, 2006.

    ISBN 0-8118-5348-9.

  • Springsteen’s official web site has little or no on the 1999–2000 interval.
  •’s 1999 first leg, second leg, and third leg set lists and present descriptions seize the contents and really feel of every present; sadly, they aren’t structured as to permit direct linking to particular person exhibits.
  • Bruce Springsteen Killing Flooring’s database offers priceless protection as nicely, and likewise helps direct linking to particular person dates.

  • Setlists statistics web page, for Reunion Tour retrieval queries

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