Bruce Springsteen's much-anticipated reunion party with the E Street Band is coming to Buffalo.
The Boss and his band will play Marine Midland Arena on Nov. 19, with tickets going on sale Sept. 25, according to a spokesman for Shore Fire Media, the public relations firm representing Springsteen. A spokeswoman for Marine Midland Arena said Tuesday afternoon the arena is negotiating with promoters, but a date couldn't be confirmed because a contract had yet to be signed.
Springsteen's first tour with the E Street Band in nearly 12 years has been the most successful tour of the year.
The band sold out 15 consecutive nights and 308,000 tickets at the New Jersey Continental Arena to kick off the U.S. tour in July. Top price for those concerts was $67.50.
Before that, Springsteen and company had been playing to packed houses in Europe. So far, the tour has drawn more than 1.25 million fans during 59 dates in 29 cities.
Back in the U.S.A., Springsteen's tour has been the talk of the music industry. In a summer dominated by teeny-bopper acts and metal/hip-hop bands, Springsteen's reunion tour has brought traditional rock fans back to the concert scene.
The tour has sold out in under an hour in Chicago, Detroit, Washington and Boston, among many cities. The concerts have drawn rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
"I saw shows in New Jersey and Boston and they are as good as ever. Bruce can still rock," said John Hager, a longtime Springsteen fan and operations manager for Mercury Radio in Buffalo.
Springsteen, who earlier this year was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, last played Buffalo
in November 1996. That was during an solo acoustic tour.
Now the Boss is back with Clarence Clemons; Steve Van Zandt; Nils Lofgren; the Boss' wife, Patti Scialfa, and the rest of the E Street crew.
Hager believes Springsteen, who turns 50 on Sept. 23, is still in his prime.
"He's as charismatic as ever," Hager said. "He doesn't run around and slide from one side of the stage to another, like he did at 25, but he's as powerful as ever."
The chemistry between Springsteen and his old band is said to be still strong, with three-hour shows still crackling with the energy and passion of bygone days.
Springsteen has no new album to hype on this tour, so he is playing songs from his quarter-century career.
"Bruce has never been about nostalgia," Dan Neer, a rock DJ, told the New York Daily News. "He wouldn't have done this if that's what it were about.
"The band is doing things now it never did before. They have rehearsed 150 songs. I think Bruce is after what he's always been after: the essence of rock 'n' roll."
Hager said Springsteen has played more than 70 songs at different tour stops thus far. "That's what's refreshing about this tour. You never know what he's going to play next," Hager said.
"When I saw him in Boston, he played eight songs he didn't play at the New Jersey show. He might play something new or something from 20 years ago. He's got a lot of material to choose from."