updated 07/11/2002 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/11/2002 AT 11:05 AM ET
Bruce Springsteen and his cronies from the E Street Band will hit the road Aug. 7, marking their first live performance together in two years and kicking off a world tour, the Boss’s publicist told Reuters on Wednesday. The tour will kick off in Springsteen’s home state of New Jersey, of course – at the Meadowlands’ Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, to be exact – the news service reports. The arena tour coincides with the scheduled July 30 release of Springsteen’s latest album, “The Rising,” his first all-new studio recording with the entire E Street Band – saxophonist Clarence Clemons, guitarist Steve Van Zandt and drummer Max Weinberg – in 18 years. The group is due to play 39 shows in 39 U.S. cities with an additional seven European dates scheduled through the end of the year. In 2003, Australia is on the itinerary, followed by a trek back to Europe and then a return to the United States. Tickets for the first 12 dates, with all seats selling for $75, will go on sale July 14, organizers told Reuters, which noted that the Rolling Stones tour will overlap with the Springsteen tour. The Stones are hitting 32 cities starting Sept. 3 for what is essentially a 40th-anniversary tour.