Philadelphia is close enough to New Jersey that when Bruce Springsteen performs there, it’s pretty much a homecoming gig. And for his next visit, he’ll do something that hasn’t been done before.
When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at Citizens Bank Park on September 3-4, they’ll become the first live act to perform in every possible major live venue in Philadelphia. They will complete “the cycle” on Labor Day weekend at the home of the Phillies, capping off what they started back in 1973. (For those who aren’t baseball fans: “hitting the cycle” is when a player gets a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.)
Their first live performance at a major venue in Philadelphia was on June 6, 1973 at the Spectrum where they went on to perform a total of 36 times over the years.
They have also performed at the Wells Fargo Center 11 times, Lincoln Financial Field three times, twice at Veterans Stadium and once at JFK Stadium.
Springsteen also performed without the E Street Band several times in Philadelphia, playing nine times at the Tower Theater and once with his friend Joe Grushecky at the storied Electric Factory in October of 2005.
This won’t be the first time Springsteen accomplishes an unprecedented feat in Philadelphia. In September of 1999, the New Jersey native made music history when his tour traveled a distance of 758-feet, nine-and-a-half inches in less than one day from the Spectrum to the Wells Fargo Center to perform on back-to-back nights.
– Chan Park, CBS Philadelphia