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Bruce Springsteen to playHanging Rock in 2013?

Bruce Springsteen will play two concerts at Hanging Rock in Victoria this Easter according to the latest rumours.

Today’s scoop comes from none other than ex-Painters and Dockers singer Paul Stewart who announced on Twitter today that Frontier boss Michael Gudinski will present the shows. That news has been backed up by a forum post on a credible and long-running Bruce Springsteen tribute page, suggesting a potential tour may also include dates in Brisbane, Melbourne and a Sydney show which has been reportedly “locked in” for March. And last month writer, ex-rugby player and bandana aficionado Peter FitzSimons told readers of his column in the Sydney Morning Herald that “The great Bruce Springsteen, is likely to tour Australia in March next year. Don’t ask me how I know, I just do.”

There have been ‘leaked dates’ Nui Te Koha tip-offs and industry murmurs for close to 12 months now; so it is with more than a little bit of excitement the dates for Bruce Springsteen’s first Australian tour in nine years finally appear to be close at hand.

While this may be an album tour in support of new-ish release Wrecking Ball, given Bruce’s long absence from our shores we have our fingers crossed that we get a retrospective gig from The Boss and his E-Street band.

Bruce Springsteen’s set in Denver last week

Get Out Of Denver (Bob Seeger cover)
I’m a Rocker
The Promised Land
Hungry Heart
We Take Care of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
Death to My Hometown
My City of Ruins
Spirit in the Night
The E Street Shuffle
Bishop Danced
Human Touch
Savin’ Up (Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers cover)
Working on the Highway
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Raise Your Hand (Eddie Floyd cover)
Lonesome Day
Land of Hope and Dreams

Across the Borderline (Ry Cooder cover)
Born to Run
Bobby Jean
Dancing in the Dark
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie cover)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

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grattan said on the 26th Nov, 2012

Apparently Triple RRR played 'The Promise' earlier this arvo and announced tour rumour for March with "three dates being already locked in for Acer Arena in Sydney..."

Apparently 18,19 & March 21 if you believe the excited Springsteen fans on FB.


ZePpLiNs666 said on the 26th Nov, 2012

With those dates, it is a bit speculative to say he could be playing Bluesfest. He could easily play the Sunday as the headliner for the day (which at the posting of this, is apparently The Cat Empire).


Gnarkid said on the 26th Nov, 2012

oh great, another set of rumours.


Gnarkid said on the 26th Nov, 2012

oh great, another set of rumours.


David_Wenham said on the 26th Nov, 2012

oh great, another set of rumours


gumbuoy said on the 26th Nov, 2012

super keen, come on Boss, tour the country.


gumbuoy said on the 26th Nov, 2012

inb4 dawsoncrying.gif jesussaysgofuckyourself.gif


grattan said on the 27th Nov, 2012

Zuel in the [URL=""]SMH:

I'm hearing that negotiations are well under way between Jacobsen, Frontier Touring and Springsteen's managers Jon Landau and Barbara Carr, and that while nothing has been signed it is close.

Beyond that, in the parlance of Donald Rumsfeld, there are "known knowns". These include that March makes sense because Springsteen would be touring the USA and Europe during the northern summer – so May to August can be ruled out for Australia – and that overseas touring around Christmas and the New Year is not part of normal processes.

There's also the fact that the Landau and Carr organisation are known to be loyal to those with whom they have worked before, and Jacobsen has history with them, including the 2003 tour.

To those you can add that Hanging Rock is a spot being developed by Michael Gudinski's Frontier Touring organisation as an iconic venue, something which helped sell Leonard Cohen's concert there in 2010. Consequently, if Springsteen was to play there, it means the involvement of Frontier is almost certain.

Then there are the "known unknowns". These include whether Kevin Jacobsen has the credibility to convince Springsteen's people to come again given his much-publicised financial problems following that loss-making 2003 tour, when bankruptcy loomed, and the lack of tour infrastructure in his own organisation after a bitter and complex family feud split the Jacobsen organisation. If this tour was to happen, it would necessarily involve Frontier doing the legwork and heavy lifting and maybe Jacobsen being the conduit.

There's also the question of whether Frontier and Jacobsen could both pitch together and then work together (promoters tend to be solitary birds); whether a concert at an iconic but remote location would appeal; and whether the lessons of the 2003 tour – such as that Springsteen's fan base in Australia is big enough for arenas but not big enough for stadiums – have been learnt.

And as for the unknown unknowns, well, who knows?


grattan said on the 29th Nov, 2012

With "more to come..."


gumbuoy said on the 29th Nov, 2012

They misspelt "Brisbane Entertainment Centre".

Then again, I'm overseas from mid-May to mid-June next year, so if he comes while I'm away, I'm going to kick someone squaw in the nuts.


grattan said on the 4th Dec, 2012

Must try harder...


grattan said on the 5th Dec, 2012


andy_chalmers_102 said on the 5th Dec, 2012

He might be Born In The USA. but we are SO excited to finally confirm that the Boss himself, Mr. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be headed to Australian shores next March!

14 March | Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
18 March | Allphones Arena, Sydney
24 March | Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
30 March | Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges

For all the tour information, head to

Now switch off the lights and get Dancing In The Dark! Too many Bruce puns? They've only just begun...