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Springsteen, E Street Band back on road in 2023

Also news from Alice Cooper, Gwar, Pantera

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band are set to tour for the first time since 2016.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 20, 2022

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will hit the road next year, starting Feb. 1 in Tampa, Florida, marking the group’s first gigs in the States since September 2016. 

While there isn’t yet news of new music headed our way, Springsteen and The E Street Band did release their most recent studio record, Letter To You, in 2020. 

Springsteen shows are typically marathon-type events, so chug down a few energy drinks before you head to Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Marc 9, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on March 29, or Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on April 5. 

Alice Cooper guitarist resigns

Longtime Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss surprisingly announced her resignation from the band to pursue another opportunity, which was quickly revealed to be joining Demi Lovato’s touring band.

You’ll get a chance to see Strauss playing for Lovato when the fall tour visits Rosemont Theatre near Chicago on Oct. 5 and Fox Theatre in Detroit on Oct. 7, with opening acts Dead Sara and Royal & The Serpent

Strauss had been with Cooper since 2014. Cooper wasted no time in announcing that in order to fill the void left by Strauss, he will reunite with former guitarist Kane Roberts for his own upcoming tour that will stop at Emens Auditorium in Muncie on Sept. 20, DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids on Sept. 21, and at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond on Sept. 22. 

Roberts was the guitarist who played on Cooper’s Constrictor and Raise Your Fist and Yell albums, and on their tours in the late ’80s. 

Cooper wrote in the press announcement that he was “looking forward to welcoming back Kane Roberts for our shows in September and October. We’ve been friends all this time, and he’s always been one of my favorite guitarists.”

Gwar extend tour

After punishing earthlings on the first leg of their “Black Death Rager World” tour, which included a stop in Fort Wayne, Gwar are planning another round of chaos beginning in September. The trek is in support of their album The New Dark Ages, and includes openers Light The Torch, Nekrogoblicon, and Crobot

You’ll want to be at The Vogue in Indianapolis on Sept. 14 or at The House of Blues in Cleveland the following night to witness the mayhem. They will also make an appearance at Riot Fest in Chicago on Sept. 17. 

According to vocalist Blöthar The Berserker, this will be “a can’t-miss cavalcade of chaos, a trash culture trilogy, and a shocking extravaganza that will leave you utterly spent, soaking wet, and bawling uncontrollably.”

Pantera announce 2023 tour

Dates have yet to be announced, but the surviving members of Pantera, Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo, are getting together with guitarist Zakk Wylde and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante to tour as Pantera in 2023. 

According to Billboard magazine, the lineup has the blessing of the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

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