Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced Friday, July 27 that an additional 16 dates are being added to the fall North American leg of his Wrecking Ball World Tour. The additional dates will be begin on October 19 in Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON and will end on December 6 in Glendale, AZ at the Arena. This announcement more than doubles this portion of the tour which was originally slated to have just 14 performances.

The Wrecking Ball tour first began in in the U.S. in Greensboro, NC at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 19. After playing 19 shows in the U.S., he took the tour overseas performing at venues across Europe beginning in Sevilla, Spain on May 13. He just wrapped up his European leg of the Wrecking Ball tour on July 31 in Helsinki, Finland. Springsteen played some of his longest concerts while overseas, with some shows ending after close to four hours, the Los Angeles Times has stated.

Wrecking Ball is set to pick up again in the U.S. after a two week break. Springsteen will start playing concerts again on August 14 with his show at Fenway Park in Boston, MA. TicketNews previously reported on Springteen’s stadium tour, which is also stopping at Gillettte Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, Wrigley Field, and MetLife Stadium.

“A lot of dates have sold out,” Jim Holzman, the CEO of Ace Ticket, explained of the ticket sales for Springsteen’s original dates for the fall tour. The sold out venues include Chicago, IL, at Wrigley Field, according to his official website. “He is adding dates because demand has been so strong. I think they’ll sell well,” Holzman said of the fall dates that were added beginning in October.

The tour is promoting of his most recently released album, also titled “Wrecking Ball.” This is Springsteen’s 17th studio album. The album which was released on March 5, 2012 debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200. Billboard also reports that Nielson SoundScan states that 196,000 albums were sold in the first week after its release on March 6. “Bruce Springsteen now ties with Elvis Presley for third most No. 1s in history,” according to Billboard. Currently, only the Beatles, who have 19, and Jay-Z, who has 12, have more.

“Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can’t hear anywhere else, and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career, and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on Wrecking Ball,” stated Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen’s executive-producer, of the album on Springsteen’s official website.

“It’s very unusual in this day and age for an artist to have live shows stay so popular for decades and Bruce Springsteen has done that,” Holzman commented. Tickets for three of the newly announced Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour dates are on sale to the public this weekend with the Kansas City, MO show available today, August 3. To view the full schedule of on sale dates visit Springsteen’s official website.

Last Updated on August 3, 2012 by By Kathryn Baker