February 27, 2012 20:45

Bruce Springsteen to play 'intimate' show at SXSW

The legendary songwriter and frontman releases his new album 'Wrecking Ball' on March 5

Bruce Springsteen to play 'intimate' show at SXSW

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Bruce Springsteen will be performing an 'intimate' show at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas next month.

The rocker, who is the keynote speaker at the music industry conference and festival, will be performing on the evening of March 15 at a small, undisclosed venue in the city. Tickets will be gained by a raffle, with South By Southwest badge holders being asked to enter a draw in order to win tickets for the show. Entries can be made for the draw from March 12-14 on site at SXSW and winners will be contacted on the day of the show.

For more information, visit: sxsw.com/springsteenticketdrawing

Bruce Springsteen recently revealed that his new album 'Wrecking Ball' – set for release on March 5 - is inspired by a "critical, questioning and often angry patriotism". He explained that the songs were inspired by the economic troubles the US is facing and the issue that "no one has been held to account".

Speaking to The Guardian, Springsteen said: "What was done to our country was wrong and unpatriotic and un-American and nobody has been held to account. There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism."

The album, which follows 2009's 'Working On A Dream' and 2010's outtakes collection 'The Promise', features an appearance from Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello.

Springsteen will deliver the keynote speech at South By Southwest on March 15, before kicking off his US tour three days later in Atlanta. He will visit the UK in the summer, beginning at Sunderland Stadium of Light on June 21 before moving on to Manchester Etihad Stadium (22), Isle Of Wight Festival (24) and London Hard Rock Calling (July 14).

To check the availability of Bruce Springsteen tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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