Bruce Springsteen announces Auckland show

Last updated 05:00 16/08/2013
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THE BOSS RETURNS: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play their first NZ show in more than a decade next year.

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Bruce Springsteen fans were left long-faced this year when The Boss snubbed New Zealand for his Wrecking Ball tour.

After delivering in March what Australian critics declared the "the greatest rock and roll show on earth," Springsteen and the E Street Band have now announced they are headed back Down Under next year.

And this time around Auckland is on the tour schedule too. Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at Mt Smart Stadium on March 1, with special guest Jimmy Barnes. He last toured New Zealand in 2003 when he played to 50,000 fans at a wet Western Springs.

Springsteen and the E Street Band's three-hour plus marathon performances did not go unnoticed with the Wrecking Ball tour being awarded the 2013 Australian Helpmann Award for Best International Contemporary Concert and both fans and critics heralding it as the tour of the year.

"Sometimes a show takes the breath out of your lungs and leaves you speechless. In awe. Unsure how to articulate what you just witnessed. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is one such show," the Sydney Morning Herald wrote.

Springsteen's 17 studio albums have sold 120 million records worldwide, with 65 million records in the United States alone.

He has been the recipient of 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, New Jersey Hall of Fame, and the American Academy of Arts and Science.

Tickets to the 2014 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour go on sale on August 26. Pre-sale tickets are available from Wednesday via www.frontiertouring.com/brucespringsteen

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