Bruce Springsteen, nicknamed “The Boss,” will soon make a significant achievement. Springsteen and his E Street Band are set to become the first act to perform at every major live venue in the city of Philadelphia. On Labor Day weekend he will return to Philadelphia on his Wrecking Ball tour to play at the Citizens Bank Park on September 2 and 3.
Tickets for the two day event went on sale Saturday, April 21, 2012. Ticket sale success caused more tickets to been released for both shows. The additional general admission tickets went on sale June 4.
The American singer-songwriter and multi-talent musician, known for his lengthy performances, started performing in 1973. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at several venues that have now been demolished in Philadelphia. They began at the Philadelphia Spectrum in 1973 and played 36 shows total. They have also performed two shows at the Veterans Stadium in 1985 and one show at the JFK Stadium in 1988. The active Philadelphia venues they have played at include: three times at the Lincoln Financial Field, nine times at the Tower Theater, the Electric Factory, and Wells Fargo Center.
“Bruce Springsteen has a long and storied history with Philadelphia. He had a lot of early success that has carried over throughout the years. Every Bruce Springsteen show is an exciting and extraordinary event,” said Philadelphia promoter Larry Magid in a quote from Ike Richman of Comcast Spectacor, according to Billboard.biz.
Springsteen has also made Philadelphia music history in the past when “…his tour traveled a distance of 758-feet, nine-and-a-half inches in less than one day from the Spectrum to the Wells Fargo Center to perform on back-to-back nights in September of 1999. The feat was submitted to the Guinness of Book of World Records as the shortest jump ever for a tour,” according to Billboard.biz.
The Wrecking Ball tour is turning out to be one of Springsteen’s most successful tours so far. Springsteen has been hitting the top of the charts with his hot tour. It started on March 18 and played through Europe until July 31, grossing $135.5 million from 48 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. The numbers will only continue to grow as the tour continues to add more dates on the second leg of their North American tour.
The European run of the tour “…included three of the longest shows of Bruce’s career and garnered universal acclaim, being called ‘gigantic’ by Rolling Stone, ‘thrilling’ by The Atlantic, and ‘the stuff of legend’ by The Irish Independent,” according to BruceSpringsteen.net.
The Wrecking Ball tour added 16 more stops to the U.S. and Canada leg of the tour, which kicked off August 14 at Boston’s Fenway Park. The tour is schedule to wrap up on December 6 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.
Bruce Springsteen has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million across the globe, and he is not stopping. As the Wrecking Ball tour promotes his new album, “Wrecking Ball.” His most successful studio albums were “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Born to Run.” He has also earned 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award.