Springsteen, E Street Band roll out

Group on 46-city tour, will also take Europe in October

HOLLYWOOD — With a reunited E Street Band behind him, Bruce Springsteen will play 46 shows in 46 cities between August and mid-December.

The Boss and his bandmates will be touring in support of “The Rising,” his first album with the E Streeters since 1984’s worldwide smash “Born in the USA.” After opening Aug. 7 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., Springsteen and band will play Madison Square Garden Aug. 12 and the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Aug. 24.

The North American run is divided into two legs — Aug. 7 through Oct. 7 and Nov. 3-Dec. 13. Act will play seven shows in Europe Oct. 14-27. The first three weeks of September are open.

“The Rising” tour will continue in 2003 with dates in Australia and Europe and will finish next summer in the U.S. Although Springsteen has been known for lengthy stays in a single arena — his last tour, two years ago, saw 10 nights at the Garden and four nights at Staples Center — the extended runs, for now, are being put off until next year’s leg.

Springsteen is making the heaviest promotional push for an album in his 31-year recording career. Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform live on the day of the record’s release, July 30, for NBC’s “Today” show at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, N.J. He also will be interviewed on the ayemcast and elsewhere; on his last tour, his lone TV interview was with PBS’ Charlie Rose.

The title track is being released Tuesday as a single.

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