Bruce Springsteen is coming back to the area, and if you thought the E Street Band was big, wait until you get a look at his backing band this time around. According to an announcement today on his Web site, the Boss will be rolling into Nissan Pavilion on Sunday, May 28, backed by his 17-member Seeger Sessions Band, which will feature everything from accordion to tuba, banjo to violin. The tour is in support of Springsteen's soon-to-be-released album, "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions," which contains Springsteen's interpretations of traditional folk songs, all of which are associated with legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, one of Springsteen's biggest influences.
There are just two crossover members between the Seeger Sessions Band and the E Street Band -- Springsteen's wife, Patti Scialfa, and the most recent addition to the E Street Band, violinist Soozie Tyrell. While drummer Max Weinberg won't be on this tour, two members of the Max Weinberg 7 from "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" -- trumpeter Mark Pender and trombonist Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg -- are listed among the band members. Fans hoping to hear a set full of Springsteen classic should probably wait until the next tour to fork over the big bucks. You can be sure that much of the set will be dedicated to songs from "The Seeger Sessions." The album has a rollicking, carefree sound that uses all types of American music from the 20th century as influences. Still, there are only 13 songs on the album (15 if you include the two extras on the DualDisc version), so that should leave time for at least a few old chestnuts.
Exact ticket details are still forthcoming, but when they are announced, you'll want to take notice. Tickets for the band's 10 European shows all sold out very swiftly, and we don't expect anything different here.
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