Bruce Springsteen ‘leaked’ dates = fake (probably)

Bruce Springsteen fansite – Blogness on the Edge of Town – has listed a series of 2012 Australian tour dates for The Boss.

The apparently leaked dates, which have been widely reported as fact, take him down the East Coast in August and September. Sadly, like most internet rumours, the tour dates don’t seem to add up and despite how much we truly want to believe it the dates aren’t even particularly well faked.

The lack of Perth and Adelaide dates is par for the course, but ‘leaked’ venues are a significant down grade from Springsteen’s previous Australian tour in March 2003, which saw him performing at Melbourne’s Telstra Dome (now Ethiad), the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

The European Springsteen tour dates for mid-2012 that have been officially announced see the band playing in huge venues – 68,500 in Vienna; 40,000 in Oslo; 48,000 in Zurich – which makes a series of Australian shows in venues at least half that size (Rod Laver – 14,820; BEC – 13,500; Allphones – 21,000) seem very odd.

And even if he has decided to play smaller venues this time around as a special favour to Australian fans it looks like he’ll be forced to share the stage in Melbourne with John Cena, Alberto Del Rio and a bunch of other WWE stars. Rod Laver Arena has already been booked for a night of scripted wrestling on the 1st of September – one of the ‘leaked’ dates. Although, as one FL forum member has pointed out, there’s always the chance that Melbourne could be getting a special show from Bruce Springsteen and the WWE Street Band.

Long story short – Bruce Springsteen might be touring Australia in 2012, but these dates don’t seem to hold much water.

So anyway how about that Smiths reunion, huh? Or that Prince tour?

Fake Bruce Springsteen tour dates:

27th August – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

28th August – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

31st August – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

1st September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

5th September – Allphones Arena, Sydney

6th September – Allphones Arena, Sydney

8th September – Vector Arena, Auckland