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Oh no, not again! (E Street tour dates)

Clearly, I can't control myself. Guess I'll have to live with that fact. 

Here's a follow-up to the "Bruce bashing" blog, just because I care! 

Tour dates for 1st leg of "Working On A Dream" have a hole where Buffalo should be. There will certainly be another leg. But it's Albany or Toronto this time around. 

Feb 1 Tampa, FL Super Bowl XLIII
Apr 1 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose Feb 2
Apr 3 Glendale, CA Center Feb 2
Apr 5 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center Feb 7
Apr 7 Tulsa, OK BOK Center Feb 7
Apr 8 Houston, TX Toyota Center Feb 7
Apr 10 Denver, CO Pepsi Arena Feb 2
Apr 15 Los Angeles, CA LA Memorial Sports Arena Feb 2
Apr 21 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden Feb 2
Apr 22 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden Feb 2
Apr 24 Hartford, CT XL Center Feb 2
Apr 26 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Feb 2
Apr 28 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum Feb 2
Apr 29 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum Feb 2
May 2 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Feb 6
May 4 Hempstead, NY Nassau Veterans Mem. Col. Feb 2
May 5 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena Feb 2
May 7 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre Feb 6
May 8 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center Feb 2
May 11 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center Feb 2
May 12 Chicago, IL United Center Feb 2
May 14 Albany, NY Times Union Center Feb 2
May 15 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium Feb 2
May 18 Washington, DC Verizon Center Feb 2
May 19 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena Feb 2
May 21 E. Rutherford, NJ Izod Center Feb 2
May 23 E. Rutherford, NJ Izod Center Feb 2
May 30 Landgraaf, Holland Pink Pop Festival March 7
June 2 Tampere, Finland Ratinan Stadion ON SALE
June 4 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Stadium SOLD OUT
June 5 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Stadium SOLD OUT
June 7 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Stadium SOLD OUT
June 9 Bergen, Norway Koengen SOLD OUT
June 10 Bergen, Norway Koengen SOLD OUT
July 2 Munich, Germany Olympiastadion ON SALE NOW
July 3 Frankfurt, Germany Commerzbank Arena ON SALE NOW
July 5 Vienna, Austria Ernst Happel Stadion ON SALE NOW
July 8 Herning, Denmark Herning MCH ON SALE NOW
July 11 Dublin, Ireland RDS Jan 30
July 16 Carhaix, France Festival des Vielles Charrues Jan 30
July 19 Rome, Italy Stadio Olimpico ON SALE SOON
July 21 Turino, Italy Olimpico di Torino ON SALE SOON
July 23 Udine, Italy Stadio Friuli ON SALE SOON
July 26 Bilbao, Spain San Mames Stadium ON SALE SOON
July 28 Benidorm, Spain Estadio Municipal de Foietes ON SALE SOON
July 30 Sevilla, Spain La Cartuja Olympic Stadium ON SALE SOON
Aug 1 Valladolid, Spain Estadio Jose Zorrilla ON SALE SOON
Aug 2 Santiago, Spain Monte Del Gozo ON SALE SOON

Some of you out there might be shocked to learn that I'm not the only music critic in the country who found "Dream" dreamy. Here's another one. And another 'nother one. 

Springsteen (and Miers) bashers, this space is for you!


Since so many people want to share their nastiness regarding Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" (and my review of it in The News), I'm offering up this space. You're clogging up my email! (And, apparently, the message boards on Have at it. And please, don't hold back on my account!

(Photo: Bruce Springsteen at HSBC Arena in March 2008. Credit: Bill Wippert/Buffalo News)

U2: New "Boots"


The question is, can this band continue to make music that's both modern and meaningful as it approaches its 30th anniversary? Or will U2 turn into a nostalgia act, repeating past glories for grateful arena crowds?

Since U2 has consistently thrived on messing with its own sound, with mostly sensational results, it seems the constant change diet is the only one that suits it. Though both of its last two albums -- "All That You Can't Leave Behind" and "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb"-- are exceptional, they sound an awful lot like each other. That's OK, but a third album in the same vein might suggest creative entropy.

Happily, the first single from the forthcoming "No Line on the Horizon" suggests some satisfying sonic manipulation going on, thanks in no small part,I'm sure, to the involvement of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois in the project. The record drops on March 3. You can pre-order it, and listen to "Get on Your Boots" -- like "Vertigo," but dirtier and dizzier -- right here.

(Photo: U2 at HSBC Arena in 2005. Credit: Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

The more that things change...

... the more they stay the same. The Sword, 2007

Black Sabbath, 1979

A few to watch in 2009

In today's Spotlight section of The News, I offered a few of my picks for artists and bands to watch in 2009.

A number of them are already in the process of breaking into the mainstream. Others are still toiling on a regional level, but have what it takes, musically, to break out onto the broader stage. The list, of course, could've been ten times as long, but I chose to narrow it down to bands and artists readers might've at least heard of in passing.

All of you out there aren't bound by such a notion. So now it's your turn. Who and what do you have your eye on for the coming year?

While you're mulling it over, here's a sampling of my picks. Most were included in the Spotlight piece, but I've also thrown in a few that almost made it.