Glasgow, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 23, 2009 -- Bruce Springsteen will play only his fifth ever Scottish concert when he comes across the border to play Hampden on Tuesday 14th July. It's been more than 13 years since The Boss visited Scotland. This time, on the back of sell-out tours of Europe in 2008 and the US in 2009, he returns with The E Street Band to play old classics and new songs from his critically acclaimed latest album Working On A Dream at what is sure to be one of Hampden's most unforgettable performances.
Success of Working On A Dream
Released in January 2009, Working On A Dream went to number 1 in 17 countries and has sold over 1.5 million copies. Although a few prominent reviewers were not impressed, the majority piled on the praise. Rolling Stone awarded it five stars and compared it to 1975s classic Born To Run.
Part of it was written and recorded during breaks in the 2007-2008 Magic Tour. The writing and recording process was remarkably quick, with Bruce writing five songs in one week and most of the tracks recorded in one take. Because of the during-tour recording, the band's live show energy is captured resulting in a very vibrant and spontaneous feel which is full of energy, particularly in the rhythm section.
Most Bruce Springsteen albums are bleak in outlook and he always has a political opinion or social comment to share. Working On A Dream bucks this trend and tends to focus more on relationships and morality, but still has the struggle of the working man as a recurring theme. Springsteen premiered the optimistic title track at Cleveland in 2008 for Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign.
The Current Tour and What Can Hampden Expect
A Bruce Springsteen show isn't about spectacular stage shows and visuals, it's about raw emotion, superb songs and gutsy, passionate performance. These are things that Springsteen and the E Street Band have in their blood and always deliver.
Since the Working On A Dream Tour kicked off in New Jersey on March 23, they have played sell-out concerts to rave reviews from both fans and the music press. Posts on fan sites range from saying that Bruce is playing his trademark Telecaster and singing better than ever, that The Wrestler should always be in his setlist, and that the show is full of a mix of passion, emotion and fun.
With only three songs present from the new album, the setlist is a retrospective of Bruce's career and, while not exactly a greatest hits tour, it's jam packed with classics from every era of The Boss' illustrious canon. Throughout the 28 song set fans can expect to hear classic tracks such as Badlands, The River, Born To Run, Rosalita and Dancing In The Dark as well as modern classics like The Wrestler and The Ghost Of Tom Joad.
He will also be indulging in his ritual collecting of song request signs from the crowd, so get one ready, make it stand out and perhaps the man will pick yours.
With the current tour selling out and Springsteen headlining at both Hyde Park Calling and Glastonbury this year, the rock world should be in no doubt that he is among the greats. Hampden is in for a rockin' treat!