The biggest question now is will there be a new album released before Springsteen hits the road Down Under.
From the way the official announcement is phrased, it appears these concert dates are not part of the Wrecking Ball tour. The announcement refers to "the 2014 tour," not to another leg of the Wrecking Ball tour.
"The 2014 tour includes the first New Zealand show in more than a decade and their first-ever visit to Perth and Adelaide, kicking off at Perth Arena on February 7," the statement reads.
At one point, it does say, "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band brought the Wrecking Ball tour to Australia earlier this year on their first tour Down Under in more than a decade ...," referring to Wrecking Ball in the past tense again when it's talking about some of the artists that will share the stage with Springsteen: "Continuing the musical tour de force that they established on this year’s Wrecking Ball tour, Jimmy Barnes will be special guest for the Auckland Mt Smart Show."
The Australian press beat even Springsteen's website to the news with stories and online rumors floating around over the past couple days. The announcement at brucespringsteen.net does seem hastily headlined and edited, with the headline touting "March 2014 dates" when 6 of the 7 concerts are actually in February. Later, it reads, "Hunters & Collectors will be reforming to be special guests at Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Melbourne AAMI Stadium concert." This sloppiness is very uncharacteristic of the site so they might have been in a rush to get this up. Stories from news organizations emerged last night after days of rumors.
As of now, seven concerts have been announced. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 26.
The first will be Feb. 7 in Perth, then it's on to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hunter Valley, Brisbane and Auckland, NZ. Lucky Southern Hemisphere!
See the announcement and where to buy tickets at brucespringsteen.net here