‘RISING’ STAR!

The star goes round the globe to promote hios first LP in seven years...

Bruce Springsteen has announced details of a world tour that will kick off in NEW JERSEY on August 7 and run through into next year.

The tour, promoting his forthcoming new album ‘The Rising’, will arrive in Europe on October 14, running through until the 27th, though no venues have yet been named. He’ll then return to the US for further shows, winding up back in his native New Jersey on December 13. Billboard reports that there are plans to take in Australia, as well as a further swing through Europe during 2003.

‘The Rising’ is released in the UK on July 29. It will follow in the US on July 30. It’s Stateside release will be marked by a rare TV appearance and interview on the networked ‘Today’ show. The show will come live from the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey where Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform live in the city’s Convention Hall.

Tickets are not yet on sale for the dates. At present they are:

East Rutherford, N.J., Continental Airlines Arena (August 7)

Washington, D.C., MCI Arena (10)

New York City, Madison Square Garden (12)

Cleveland, Gund Arena (14)

Auburn Hills, Mich., The Palace (15)

Las Vegas, Thomas and Mack Center (18)

Portland, Ore., Rose Garden (20)

Tacoma, Wash., Tacoma Dome (21)

Los Angeles, The Forum (24)

Phoenix, America West Arena (25)

San Jose, Calif., Compaq Center (27)

St. Louis, Mo., Savvis Center (30)

Denver, Pepsi Arena (September 22)

Kansas City, Mo., Kemper Arena (24)

Chicago, United Center (25)

Milwaukee, Bradley Center (27)

Fargo, N.D., Fargodome (29)

St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center (30)

Boston, Fleet Center (October 4)

Philadelphia, First National Arena (6)

Buffalo, N.Y., HSBC Arena (7)

European tour (cities/venues unconfirmed) (October 14-27)

Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Arena (November 3)

Houston, Texas, Compaq Center (4)

Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center (6)

Columbus, Ohio, Schotenstein Arena (9)

Indianapolis, Conseco Fieldhouse (10)

Cincinnati, U.S. Bank Arena (12)

Lexington, Ky., Rupp Arena (14)

Greensboro, N.C., Coliseum (16)

Birmingham, Ala., BJCC (19)

Orlando, Fla., TD Waterhouse (21)

Miami, American Airlines Arena (23)

Tampa, Fla., Ice Palace (24)

Atlanta, Phillips Arena (December 2)

Pittsburgh, Mellon Arena (4)

Toronto, Air Canada Center (5)

Charlotte, N.C., Coliseum (8)

Columbia, S.C., USC Arena (9)

Albany, N.Y., Pepsi Arena (13)