Sparks will be flying off E Street this fall for Steven Van Zandt.
The guitarist will be taking his Disciples of Soul on the road for a North American tour supporting his new album, Soulfire.
The trek kicks off at the Laid Back Festival on September 21 in Holmdel, N.J., and has 18 dates booked through October 26. The tour rolls into Philly on October 1 at Tower Theater. Tickets go on sale Saturday August 12 at 10a via ticketmaster.com.
"Soulfire" is Van Zant's first new album in nearly 20 years and resurrects the band he started during 1982, a couple of years before he left the E Street Band to focus on his own projects -- including the anti-Apartheid protest single "Sun City" during 1985 and acting gigs in The Sopranos, Lilyhammer and Hotel Caesar. Van Zandt is also planning a European tour after the North American leg ends.
Van Zandt tells us that he's just starting to get back into the swing of leading his own band again after a busy 25-plus years of touring with Bruce Springsteen and company again:
[1.55] "It was a little bit of a shock to front the band again. It's a very different job, man. And it's gonna take awhile, gonna take me a couple tours to get back into being a frontman. But I'm determined to do that...[11.26] It's gonna be hit and miss for this first tour, until things get situated a little bit."
Van Zandt's full North American tour itinerary includes:
21 - Holmdel, NJ - Laid Back Festival #
23 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol
25 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater *
27 - Staten Island, NY - St. George Theater
29 - Boston, MA - The Orpheum
1 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
2 - Baltimore, MD - The Lyric
4 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
6 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live
8 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
9 - Toronto, ON -Danforth Music Hall
13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
15 - Seattle WA - Showbox SODO *
18 - San Diego, CA - Humphreys
19 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
22 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory *
24 - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center
26 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live *
# Festival Appearance
* Presale tickets available through www.citiprivatepass.com
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.