The Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Reunion Tour
was a lengthy, top-grossing concert tour
featuring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
that took place over 1999 and 2000.
The tour was the first set of regular concerts given by Springsteen and the E Street Band in eleven years, since the 1988 Tunnel of Love Express
and Human Rights Now! Tours
, and followed two lengthy tours by Springsteen without the Band in the intervening years.
The tour was not intended to promote any Springsteen records; the release of the box set Tracks
six months earlier had been oriented towards the holiday shopping market, and no longer held any chart action by the time of the tour. The release of the cut-down, single disc 18 Tracks
did coincide with the start of the tour , but received little publicity or sales.
Tour preparations began in March 1999 with a series of rehearsals at Asbury Park, New Jersey
's Convention Hall
. Several dozen of the Springsteen faithful, eager with anticipation at what the long-awaited reunion might bring, stood outside the Hall on the cold and windy boardwalk and beach, hearing what they could from inside the walls and reporting their findings on several Springsteen Internet forums. It was during one of these sessions that fans first heard runthroughs of "The Train Song", which would become the tour's closing epic "Land of Hope and Dreams". This practice of listening in on rehearsals would continue for all of Springsteen's ... Read More