Liner Notes: Springsteen heads to Europe and Creed reunites in this month’s tour roundup
Stars and Stripes November 10, 2023
While we typically focus far too much on what’s happening stateside each month, here’s a Thanksgiving treat: Let’s lead with European dates this time around.
Or, more specifically, Bruce Springsteen European dates.
The Boss (assuming all health issues will be taken care of by then, of course) will hit the European road in May of next year, kicking things off in Cardiff, Wales, on May 5. The run, along with his E Street Band, will go all the way through July 25 when things wrap up at London’s Wembley Stadium. This, of course, will come after his North American dates – some of which will be held over from 2023 and will begin in Phoenix on March 19. Springsteen was on his way to the top of the live music charts for 2023 earlier this year when peptic ulcer disease forced the singer to shut things down for what was then the foreseeable future. A consolation prize was Pollstar naming The Boss’s tour at No. 2 on its mid-year top 10, having already raked in a little less than $150 million by the middle of 2023.
Speaking of Pollstar, our monthly check-in with its Live 75 list, which ranks active tours by tickets sold for shows performing over the past 30 days, reveals that the week of Oct. 30 saw The Weeknd running away with the top spot, selling an average of about 55,000 tickets in the aforementioned time period. Coldplay came in at No. 2 with an average of 50,000 tickets sold, while Guns N’ Roses landed at the No. 4 spot with an average of about 22,000 tickets sold. Shania Twain rounded out the list at No. 10 with an average of approximately 12,000 tickets sold in the past 30 days.
And while Twain might be most associated with country music, her crossover work in the pop realm has proved as fruitful as anything she’s done throughout her career. So with pop music in mind … how about some New Kids on the Block?! That’s right, the boy band, along with Paula Abdul and DJ Jazzy Jeff, will head out for The Magic Summer 2024 Tour next year, hitting a total of 40 North American cities along the way. As for what that magic precisely entails, Donnie Wahlberg, he of NKOTB fame, claimed that “the true magic of the tour is the music, the moments and the shared memories that we get to create with our amazing fans each night,” in a recent interview.
Oh. OK, then.
Perhaps just as magical? A Creed reunion.
And no. I’m not kidding.
The ‘90s rockers are getting the band back together and plan to hit the road with 3 Doors Down, Daughtry, Switchfoot, Tonic and (high fives for this!) Canadian greats Big Wreck. It will be a summer jaunt and they’ll be hitting the bulk of outdoor amphitheaters with arms wide open beginning July 17. If that’s not enough rock for you, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top announced last week that they will reboot their successful 2023 run in 2024 as they commence The Sharp Dressed Simple Man Tour for a run of spring dates. Those kick off March 8 in Savannah, Ga., and after taking a break between April and August, will conclude Sept. 22, 2024, in Ridgefield, Wash.
Be sure not to forget your cheap sunglasses, all while giving your best three steps to the proceedings. Or something like that.
Hey, there. Happy concert-ing!