After spending the last couple years playing stadiums with the E Street Band and stumping for John Kerry, Bruce Springsteen is ready for some quiet time. In his case, that means heading out on the road for a solo acoustic tour, his first in 10 years, to support his new album Devils & Dust, due out April 26. Billboard reports that he’ll spend a month playing 2,500 to 5,000-seat auditoriums across America, starting April 25 in Detroit and finishing May 20 in Boston. After taking the show to Europe this summer, he’s expected back in the States this fall for more solo dates.
Springsteen’s last unplugged tour was in 1995, to support his folky The Ghost of Tom Joad album. He played just guitar and harmonica in those concerts; this time, he’ll play piano as well, manager Jon Landau tells Billboard. Devils is part acoustic and part rock; Landau says fans can expect full-bodied rock arrangements of the songs on the next E Street Band tour.
Tickets for some shows will go on sale this weekend. Fans who don’t get them can get a sense of the concerts via VH1, for which Springsteen taped an episode of Storytellers on Monday. That performance will air April 23.