Two years off…ahhhhhhh!!!!

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band planning hiatus
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are expected to take one or two years off after performing 26 shows booked though Nov. 22 in Buffalo, NY.
“We are going to take a break,” E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. “I don’t know how long, one year, year-and-a-half, two years off. This is a good time to see us. We may not be as pretty, [but] we seem to be getting better in funny ways.
“You never know. This could be be the last tour. We do every show like it’s our last show anyway.”
Subtly, Van Zandt was pushing the idea that the current tour was a must-see for fans who have put off purchasing tickets. While Springsteen and the E Street Band have sold more than 2 million tickets this year, shows have not sold out as quickly as in the past. Currently, 17 shows–among them the five final concerts at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ–have tickets available. Two shows at Madison Square Garden go on sale Friday (9/18); concerts in Washington, DC, and Baltimore go on sale Sept. 25.
One of the highlights of the current tour has been a “stump the band” segment in which the band plays a cover. Fans submit requests by making signs that Springsteen collects and sorts through onstage.
So far, the band has not been stumped.
“We may mess the song up a bit,” Van Zandt says. “We’re kind of familiar with all these crazy songs. We may do something a bit unusual from time to time. Nothing too obscure, too schlocky. Honestly, I can say we have not had that train wreck yet. I’m knocking on wood.”
August 2009
19 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theater
22, 23 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
25 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
September 2009
12 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Bank Atlantic Center
16 – Greenville, SC – Bi-Lo Center
20 – Chicago, IL – United Center
21 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena (on sale Aug. 22)
30 – East Rutherford, NJ – Giants Stadium
October 2009
2, 3 – East Rutherford, NJ – Giants Stadium
8, 9 – East Rutherford, NJ – Giants Stadium
13, 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Spectrum
19, 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Spectrum
25 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
26 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
29 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert)
November 2009
2 Washington, DC – Verizon Center (on sale Sept. 25)
3 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena (on sale Aug. 28)
7, 8 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (on sale Sept. 18)
10 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena (on sale Aug. 22)
13 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace At Auburn Hills (on sale Aug. 22)
15 – Milwaukee, WI – Bradley Center
18 – Nashville, TN – Sommett Center
20 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena (on sale Sept. 25)
22 – Buffalo, NY – HSBC Arena (on sale Sept. 12)