Bruce Springsteen 2013 Australian tour finally confirmed

Bruce Springsteen has finally confirmed that he’ll be back in Australia with the E Street Band in March 2013. The Boss will play shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as a special show at Hanging Rock in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges as rumoured.

Springsteen was last in Australia way back in March 2003 when he played just four shows – stadium concerts in Sydney and Melbourne, and a pair of arena gigs in Brisbane. Since then he’s released five albums and played nearly 500 gigs without setting foot in Australia.

The midnight announcement follows nearly 12 months of rumours, ‘leaked dates’ tip-offs and industry murmurs. But now that the dates have finally been announced we can focus on the next issue: The length of the setlist.

While this may be an album tour in support of new-ish release Wrecking Ball, given Bruce’s long absence from our shores, perhaps we’ll get a retrospective gig from The Boss and his E-Street band (Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Steven Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren).

Most shows on the E Street Band’s current tour have lasted between to three and three-and-a-half hours with his performance in Helsinki earlier this year breaking the record for Springsteen’s longest ever show: A 33-song setlist that clocked in at four hours and six minutes. Not bad for a bunch of 60 year olds.

At Springsteen’s most recent show in Anaheim, California (setlist below), he was joined on stage by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Mike Ness from Social Distortion.

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band tour:

Thursday, March 14 – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

Monday, March 18 – Allphones Arena, Sydney

Sunday, March 24 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Saturday, March 30 – Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges

General public tickets on sale from 9am local time, Friday December 14

Springsteen’s most recent setlist:

Land of Hope and Dreams

Adam Raised a Cain

Streets of Fire

Hungry Heart

We Take Care of Our Own

Wrecking Ball

Death to My Hometown

My City of Ruins

Spirit in the Night

The E Street Shuffle

Long Time Comin’

Reason to Believe

This Depression

Darkness on the Edge of Town

Bad Luck (Social Distortion cover)

Because the Night (Patti Smith cover)

Darlington County

Shackled and Drawn

Waitin’ on a Sunny Day

Raise Your Hand (Eddie Floyd cover)

The Ghost of Tom Joad


Thunder Road



Born to Run

Dancing in the Dark

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie cover)

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

December 4 – Anaheim, California