BY MELISSA RUGGIERI
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are returning to the days of “The River” with a nine-week tour to support the release of “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.”
Springsteen and his merry caravan will perform at Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets are $59-$154 and will go on sale at 9 a.m. Dec. 11 at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, www.livenation.com, the venue box office and by calling 1-800-745-3000.
“The Ties That Bind…,” released today, is a comprehensive look at Springsteen’s seminal 1980 album, “The River.” The original “River” tour began Oct. 3, 1980, and is regarded as one of Springsteen’s finest, with shows that stretched to four hours and an itinerary that brought the band around the world.
Each night of this “River” tour will be mixed for release on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net as high-quality downloads and CDs. Recordings will be available within days of each performance.
Springsteen, who last played Atlanta in April 2014, will perform on “Saturday Night Live” Dec. 19. It’s his third appearance on the show.
The tour also means that E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren is postponing his upcoming solo dates, including Jan. 22 at Variety Playhouse.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 2016 US Tour Dates:
January 16 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
January 19 Chicago, IL United Center
January 24 & 27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
January 29 Washington, DC Verizon Center
January 31 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
February 2 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
February 4 Boston, MA TD Garden
February 8 Albany, NY Times Union Center
February 10 Hartford, CT XL Center
February 12 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
February 16 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
February 18 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
February 21 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
February 23 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
February 25 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
February 27 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
February 29 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
March 3 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
March 6 St Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
March 10 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
March 13 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
March 15& 17 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena