Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will make a stop on their Wrecking Ball tour at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Times Union Center, the arena announced Tuesday morning.
Wonder if he’ll take the train again. Buffalo … back to Jersey … up to Albany … hmmmm:
BOSS TAKES THE E STREET TRAIN
Date: Friday, December 20, 2002
As he neared the conclusion of his concert last Friday night, striking a few chords on a roll toward “Land of Hopes and Dreams,” Bruce Springsteen offered this aside to guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt: “We’ve got a train to catch.”
He wasn’t kidding. It was a perfect lead-in line for the song, with it’s repeating mournful phrase “This train …,” but it also was true. The Boss and his E Street Band had chartered an Amtrak train to bring them to Albany and had a midnight run back to New York City within about an hour of leaving the stage.
Amtrak District Superintendent Phil Larson was tickled to have the band riding the rails for the express runs, which he said took about two hours each way without stops. Springsteen, who was the subject of a cover story in Amtrak’s passenger magazine Arrive this autumn, and his children got a look at the engineer’s cab, and the other musicians had plenty of room to stretch out in the four-car train, he said.
Chartering a whole train is highly unusual for entertainers, Larson said, though sports teams and fans do it with some frequency. The popular Buffalo Bills special between Albany and Buffalo made three round-trip runs this season, Larson said.
US Tour Dates
March 18 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena (on sale Feb 4)
March 19 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum (on sale Feb 3)
March 23 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum (on sale Jan 28)
March 26 – Boston, MA – TD Garden (on sale Jan 28)
March 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center (on sale Jan 28)
March 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center (on sale Jan 28)
April 1 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center (on sale Jan 28)
April 3 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center (on sale Jan 27)
April 4 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center (on sale Jan 27)
April 6 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (on sale Jan 27)
April 9 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (on sale Jan 27)
April 12 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills (on sale Jan 28)
April 13 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center (on sale Jan 28)
April 16 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center (on sale Jan 28)
April 17 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena (on sale Jan 28)
April 24 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion (on sale Feb 3)
April 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (on sale Feb 3)
April 29 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (on sale now)
May 2 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center (on sale Jan 27)