Springsteen Book, Stadium Dates On The Horizon
Photographs of Bruce Springsteen taken by Frank Stefanko between 1978 and 1982 comprise a new book due in September. “Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen” will be published by Billboard Books, a division of Watson-Guptill.
Stefanko captured the artist onstage and off, and his photos are the basis of the covers of the albums “Darkness on the Edge of Town” and “The River.” The two were introduced in 1977 by Patti Smith backstage at one of her concerts.
The book will include many never-before-published photographs, as well as an introduction by Springsteen. “Frank had a way of stripping away any celebrity refuse you may have picked up along the way and finding the you in you,” he writes. “He seemed to photograph you within a set of strict self-imposed limits, but within those limits he created a fully realized world.”
A selection of the photographs will be shown at the Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C., around the time of the book’s release. Chris Murray, the gallery’s founder and director, contributed the forward to the book.
Meanwhile, Springsteen will follow up his ongoing and hugely successful European stadium tour, which wraps June 28 in Milan, with a run of North American stadium dates. The North American shows begin July 15 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., with an unprecedented 10 performances that will gross an estimated $37.8 million, a record for one engagement.
Already announced are stadium shows at Boston’s Gillette Stadium (Aug. 1-2), Pittsburgh’s PNC Stadium (Aug. 6), Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field (Aug. 8, 9, 11), Washington D.C.’s FedEx Field, Sept. 13, and Denver’s Mile High Stadium (Sept. 25). A source close to Springsteen says several more stadium shows will be announced in the coming weeks, but there are no plans to specifically play baseball parks, as has been reported elsewhere. The tour is expected to run through September.