The Friday Morning Listen: Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (2014)

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band go on sale this morning at 10AM. Depending upon when you read this I will be: nervously awaiting sale time, gnashing my teeth at the pathetic slowness of the TicketMaster system, jumping up and down because two tickets were scored, or sulking and looking warily forward to a pre-show ticket drop.

For a variety of reasons, me and TheWife™ missed out on the entire Wrecking Ball tour. The closest show to us was Boston, with us living about five hours away at the time. I read the set list, shook my head, and hoped for a future tour. If you’ve seen what kind of shape Bruce’s 90-something mom in is, you’ll know that the man has got the longevity gene. And heck, just look at a few of his current pictures. Hell, I didn’t look that good at forty! Still, nothing is forever.

With a lot of time spent outside of the United States as Wrecking Ball wound down, there was hope that we would see a return, especially as rumors of a new album began to firm up. The High Hopes tour kicked off in Cape Town, South Africa, with dates to follow in Australia and New Zealand. Would Bruce return home? There were of course, a lot of naysayers on the Springsteen “fan” sites, who seem to be happy only when they’re disappointed. Me? I’m ready for a show dammit!

At the start of this past week a small set of shows were announced, beginning on April 8th in Cincinnati and ending with two dates at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena in May. Per usual, there was griping about everything from the ticket prices to the location of the shows to…ah, whatever. This is one of those first world problems if I’ve ever heard one. Please, don’t buy a ticket. It’ll give me a better chance. Then you can stay home and bitch about Bruce playing “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day.” You’ll be happier. I promise.

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he writes several weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.