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Bruce Springsteen 'leaked'dates = fake (probably)

Bruce Springsteen fansite – Blogness on the Edge of Town – has listed a series of 2012 Australian tour dates for The Boss.

The apparently leaked dates, which have been widely reported as fact, take him down the East Coast in August and September. Sadly, like most internet rumours, the tour dates don’t seem to add up and despite how much we truly want to believe it the dates aren’t even particularly well faked.

The lack of Perth and Adelaide dates is par for the course, but ‘leaked’ venues are a significant down grade from Springsteen’s previous Australian tour in March 2003, which saw him performing at Melbourne’s Telstra Dome (now Ethiad), the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

The European Springsteen tour dates for mid-2012 that have been officially announced see the band playing in huge venues – 68,500 in Vienna; 40,000 in Oslo; 48,000 in Zurich – which makes a series of Australian shows in venues at least half that size (Rod Laver – 14,820; BEC – 13,500; Allphones – 21,000) seem very odd.

And even if he has decided to play smaller venues this time around as a special favour to Australian fans it looks like he’ll be forced to share the stage in Melbourne with John Cena, Alberto Del Rio and a bunch of other WWE stars. Rod Laver Arena has already been booked for a night of scripted wrestling on the 1st of September – one of the ‘leaked’ dates. Although, as one FL forum member has pointed out, there’s always the chance that Melbourne could be getting a special show from Bruce Springsteen and the WWE Street Band.

Long story short – Bruce Springsteen might be touring Australia in 2012, but these dates don’t seem to hold much water.

So anyway how about that Smiths reunion, huh? Or that Prince tour?

Fake Bruce Springsteen tour dates:

27th August – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
28th August – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
31st August – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
1st September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
5th September – Allphones Arena, Sydney
6th September – Allphones Arena, Sydney
8th September – Vector Arena, Auckland

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sarahanne said on the 29th Nov, 2011

No spruce bruce for me :-(


oldgregg said on the 29th Nov, 2011

'i said hop in'


daverh said on the 29th Nov, 2011

Think Tom's favourite themed block of television is Shark Week? Nah. Snark Week.


RAMONESelaar said on the 29th Nov, 2011


oldgregg said on the 29th Nov, 2011

first nui te koha, and now grattan. putting my jokes in their publications, it's all very flattering :p at least Tom gave me a shout out.


grattan said on the 29th Nov, 2011

You got a half shout "forum member".

Nui stole a gag?


oldgregg said on the 29th Nov, 2011

yeah he had a facebook status about kim kardasian's divorce and I put a snide comment, and he put it as a caption in his matrix thingy in the Sunday paper.


therat said on the 30th Nov, 2011

gregg's friends with nui, lol.


oldgregg said on the 30th Nov, 2011

I thought he might provide forum fodder, or a job. it seems the former is closer than the latter.


Braveheart81 said on the 8th Feb, 2012

Springsteen tipped for AFL grand final
Megan Levy
February 8, 2012 - 11:52AM

Rumours are swirling that rock legend Bruce Springsteen has been locked in to perform at this year's AFL grand final in a welcome follow-up to last year's disastrous pre-match entertainment.

The Boss will reportedly belt out his anthems at the MCG during a tour of Australia that has been rumoured among Springsteen fans since last year.

The AFL this morning refused to comment on the claims, saying it would announce its grand-final entertainment closer to the date.
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But reports that the Born in the USA star could be rocking the MCG have been welcomed by entertainment reporter Peter Ford, who said Springsteen would be a perfect match for AFL's biggest day.

"You need some of those older rockers who have music that is very often sort of anthemic and that lends itself to the big spectacle of the day. I think Springsteen would be great," Mr Ford said.

Last year's headline act, Meatloaf, was savaged by footy fans who claimed the ageing US star couldn't hit the high notes and mumbled into the microphone throughout his shambolic 12-minute medley, which included hits Bat out of Hell and I Would do Anything for Love.

Critics began labelling him "Leftover Meatloaf" and "meat substitute" after the performance, which reportedly cost the AFL about $600,000.

Ford said the AFL could not compete with the spectacle of Madonna's Cleopatra-themed show at this year's NFL Super Bowl, which was watched by a record 114 million people and showcased the 53-year-old's new single Give Me All Your Luvin'.

"I thought Madonna's show was absolutely spectacular, whether you're a fan or not. To do that 12-13 minutes takes enormous money and it takes a lot of planning and the time to execute it properly," Mr Ford said.

"Getting the name is only part of the puzzle. You've then got to stage it and frame it and unfortunately we don't really have the budgets to do anything like Madonna did, and we never will.

"We certainly have to do a hell of a lot better than we did with Meatloaf last year, not just because his voice was shot to pieces but because it looked tacky, it looked cheap on top of the dug-out there. It looked like something you'd do in 1973 and not in 2011. So we've got to put some money into staging it."

One report today suggested promoter Michael Gudinski had secured the deal with Springsteen, however a spokeswoman for Gudinski's company The Mushroom Group said that was not true.

"There's no truth in that rumour at all," she said.

Last year, Springsteen announced on his website that he would tour the US, Europe and the world in 2012 with the E Street Band.

Springsteen fans were whipped into a frenzy at the time when a popular fansite listed a series of dates that he would perform in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in August and September.

Springsteen has not confirmed that he will visit Australia.

Other popular music acts rumoured to be visiting Australia this year include Lady Gaga, Van Halen and the Rolling Stones, while Madonna has confirmed she will tour Australia early next year, her first show Down Under in 20 years.


oldgregg said on the 4th Mar, 2012

well a tour was just confirmed on sunrise...


ThatDude123 said on the 4th Mar, 2012

Springsteen tour? Seriously?

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 4th Mar, 2012

I think they will announce it this week to coincide with the new album release.


oldgregg said on the 4th Mar, 2012

correct. cracking avatar naps.


ThatDude123 said on the 4th Mar, 2012

Fuck my bank account is so dead though.


sarahanne said on the 12th Jun, 2012

Just got back from Berlin where I saw The Boss play Olympiad stadium. He came on stage at 7:45pm and played for three hours straight - leapt into the audience, talked about how much he was missing his wife, played a tribute to Clarence replete with photos and some Boss sized tears at the end. Then he finished things off with an encore that went: Born In The USA - Born to Run - Glory Days - Dancing In The Dark.

This tour HAS to come to Australia.

Would also be best if it could happen at a venue run by efficient Germans who serve one litre beers for one Euro, and cheap, potent cocktails for two Euros.


sarcasm_mister said on the 1st Aug, 2012

we can't even get 1 second of Springsteen live in Australia but the lucky folks in Helsinki got almost 5 hours yesterday. apparently his longest show ever. he played an acoustic set for fans who had turned up hours before gates opened. then once the stadium was filled he did a four hour set of 33 songs.

Pre show acoustic set

I'll Work For Your Love
Leap of Faith
No Surrender
For You
Blinded By the Light

Main set

Rockin' All Over the World (John Fogerty cover)
Out in the Street
Loose Ends
We Take Care of Our Own
Prove It All Night (with '78 intro)
Wrecking Ball
Death to My Hometown
My City of Ruins
Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
Be True
Jack of All Trades
Downbound Train
Because the Night (Patti Smith cover)
Lonesome Day
Darlington County
Light of Day
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
Back In Your Arms
The Rising
Land of Hope and Dreams

Second set:

We Are Alive
Born in the U.S.A.
Born to Run
Detroit Medley
Glory Days
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
I Don't Want to Go Home (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson cover)
Twist and Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)


tyler07 said on the 1st Aug, 2012

You know you're incredible when you can play an insane set like that, and still leave out plenty of awesome material.

Seriously, somebody get this man out here! I need!


monokhrome_nite said on the 1st Aug, 2012

And this man is 62 years old?! What a top guy.


grattan said on the 14th Nov, 2012

From MusicNetwork: Is a mooted Bruce Springsteen tour, apparently for March/April, set to be announced first week in December?

From Peter FitzSimons: "The great Bruce Springsteen, is likely to tour Australia in March next year. Don't ask me how I know, I just do."

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 14th Nov, 2012

It's the third time I have heard dates for a Bruce tour but I have heard the same thing. Hopefully third time's a charm...