Bruce Springsteen performs in Perth, Australia on Feb. 5, 2014. Photo by Peter Myers/Flickr Creative Commons.

Nearly 50 years after Bruce Springsteen first performed at the Baltimore Arena, the twenty-time Grammy Award-winning singer will return to perform there again on April 7, 2023.

Springsteen and The E Street Band will be the first musical act to perform at the Baltimore Arena once the venue is finished being restored next year.

The performance in Baltimore will be part of a 31-date U.S. tour from Feb. 1 through April 14 before the group heads to Europe. These will be Springsteen and The E Street Band’s first tour dates since February 2017 and their first time touring North America since September 2016.

For a full schedule of tour dates, visit Springsteen’s website.

“The Boss,” as many of Springsteen’s fans know him, performed at the Baltimore Arena for the first time nearly 50 years ago on June 2, 1973. He returned for performances on Nov. 20, 2009 and April 20, 2016.

Springsteen and The E Street Band in 2020 released their most recent studio album – and Springsteen’s 20th studio album – called “Letter to You.”

Tim Leiweke, chairman and CEO of the Oak View Group, the developer behind the arena renovation project, said Baltimore Arena will be one of the premier entertainment venues in the region once it is completed.

“We promised the City of Baltimore and the surrounding region the best in live [music] and entertainment, and we are proud to welcome Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to help kick off our grand opening celebration of the newly restored Baltimore Arena,” Leiweke said in a statement.

Crews started working on the arena renovation project shortly after the completion of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments in February.

Developers officially broke ground on the Baltimore Arena’s $200 million renovations in June, with an investment from Pharell Williams.

The renovations to the arena will include adding seats and suites, widening concourses, upgrading concessions areas, updating the building’s facade, and more.

Contractors must complete their work on the arena within the next seven months in order to have the venue ready to host next year’s CIAA tournaments, which are scheduled to begin Feb. 20, 2023.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...