ONLY months after playing a string of sell-out shows across Australia, The Boss is returning and this time he's coming to the Hunter Valley.
The tour announcement was leaked yesterday, sending fans into a frenzy, with promoters confirming Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play at Hope Estate on February 22.
The Australian summer tour also includes Perth and Adelaide for the first time, as well as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.
"Our shows in Australia earlier this year were among the very best and most satisfying of our whole 128-show tour," Springsteen's long-time manager and producer Jon Landau said.
"The crowds were tremendous, the fans as warm, friendly, and welcoming as we could ever hope for, and the quality of the performances, as virtually every reviewer commented, were spectacularly high."
Promoter and managing director of Frontier Touring Michael Gudinski told the Newcastle Herald he was "astonished" The Boss was returning to Australia so soon.
"The Hunter Valley will be a special show. Bruce does a three-hour plus show, he's if not the greatest, one of the greatest live acts of all time," Gudinski said.
"He just loves it, he's always been renowned as a live performer. He's made some amazing albums but nothing beats him live."
Gudinski also revealed guitarist Steven Van Zandt, who did not join Springsteen on this year's tour, would be joining the February tour, as would Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
He was pleased to add a Hunter Valley vineyard show to the capital city run, but was coy on whether another date could be added.
"The Newcastle area when I started [record label] Mushroom back in the '70s was a great rock'n'roll area," he said.
"The Hunter Valley will be a great place for him to play.
"I think it will sell very, very quickly so people need to move on that."
The announcement continues Hope Estate's tradition of hosting big name acts, with Springsteen joining the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston who have played the Pokolbin venue which can hold a crowd of 19,000.
Hope Estate's Michael Hope expected punters from everywhere would be attracted to the concert.
"Having the concert in the Hunter takes it to another level. It's about the whole experience, the whole weekend. It becomes more than just a concert," Hope said.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be supported by Dan Sultan and The Rubens. Tickets will be on sale on August 26 at Ticketmaster. Pre-sale tickets will be available on Wednesday at frontiertouring.com/brucespringsteen.