Anyone who questioned whether the face of rock and roll still belongs to Bruce Springsteen had their doubts laid to rest Thursday night in Perth, Australia, where The Boss opened his set with a head-banging rendition of the 1979 AC/DC heavy metal classic "Highway to Hell."
The song was one of the last recorded by the Aussie rockers' original lead singer, Bon Scott, who grew up in Fremantle, about nine miles outside of Perth. AC/DC remains the most successful and popular rock band ever to emerge from Down Under. Scott died in 1980, just as the band was reaching worldwide stardom.
The rousing rocker appeared to delight the Australian fans and climaxed in a four-way guitar showdown among Bruce Springsteen, his longtime lead guitarist Steve Van Zandt, another longtime E-Street bandmate Nils Lofgren, and recent addition Tom Morello, former guitarist with the rap-rock political protest band Rage Against The Machine.
If you weren't lucky enough to be down in Perth Thursday, check out a fan video of the awesome Springsteen "Highway To Hell" at the bottom of this story.
At a press conference upon arriving in Australia, Bruce Springsteen hinted that he might be covering songs by Australian bands during his tour of Oz. At an earlier show, he and his E-Street Band performed a song by Australian cult favorites The Saints, "Just Like Fire Would."
For American fans, the big news to come out of the Bruce Springsteen camp Monday was that the 64-year-old Boss will take his international tour — which has so far stopped in South Africa and New Zealand in addition to Australia — home to the United States.
But the 15-city jaunt contained a surprising list of stops. The American swing announced Monday bypasses most of the country's major cities. For now, anyway, fans in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, and for that matter, Bruce Springsteen's beloved home state of New Jersey are out of luck if they hope to see The Boss on their home turf.
Instead, the Bruce Springsteen 2014 U.S. tour kicks off April 8 in Cincinnati before taking the show to the following locales:
Virginia Beach (April 12)
Columbus, Ohio. (April 15)
Nashville (April 17)
Charlotte (April 19)
Pittsburgh (April 22)
Raleigh, N.C. (April 24)
Atlanta (April 26)
Sunrise, Fla. (April 29).
Tampa (May 1)
New Orleans (May 3)
Houston (May 6)
Albany (May 13)
Hershey, Pa., (May 14)
Uncasville, Conn. (May 17-18).
The final two shows take place at Uncasville's Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort. The possibility remains that the Bruce Springsteen tour will announce additional dates and cities at a later time.
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