The first dates of Bruce Springsteen's tour to promote his new album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions will be in Europe, according to Pollstar. Bruce Springsteen & The Seeger Sessions Band as they are billed by Pollstar have scheduled 10 dates in May beginning in Ireland and ending in Sweden.
05/05/06 Dublin, IRE
05/07/06 Manchester, UK
05/08/06 London, UK
05/10/06 Paris, FRA
05/12/06 Milan, ITA
05/13/06 Barcelona, SPA
05/16/06 Amsterdam, NET
05/17/06 Frankfurt, GER
05/20/06 Oslo, NOR
05/21/06 Stockholm, SWE
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is set for release on April 25. The album is a collection of covers Springsteen has done of folk artist Pete Seeger (not to be confused with Bob Seger) music. Glen Boyd suggest not everyone in SpringsteenNation is thrilled with the idea of a folk-covers album.
I tend to agree with those in SpringsteenNation who are a tad grumpy about this album. I have yet to hear a single song from it so my criticisms or concerns are about the album as an idea, not the actual album itself. I am a Springsteen fan. He has been right more often than he has been wrong. He gets the benefit of the doubt. He will get my money. I just think this is not an album I am going to enjoy as much as his past work. It may turn out to be fantastic. I will know later this month. It's just not the record I had hoped he was going to make.
Bruce Springsteen's greatest strength as an artist is as a songwriter. The E-Street Band is great and Bruce is a better guitarist than he is given credit for but the reason I care is because of the songs. He has written some of the best songs in rock music history. There are a lot of fine singers out there in need of quality material. They should do Seeger albums. Springsteen can supply his own material. Springsteen should provide his own material.
As for this Seeger Sessions Band … it does not roll off the tongue quite as well as The E-Street Band. In the end, that is what most of Springsteen's fans were likely hoping for with this new album. They wanted Bruce and the E-Street Band to make a new record and tour it. Of course, most of them would then want him to play nothing from the new album instead choosing to do 57-minute versions of "Racing in the Street."