Superstar Bruce Springsteen will take the Thunder Road to the Streets of Leeds this July, as the rocker and his E Street Band prepare to be the first to play the city’s 13,500-capacity Arena.
The Boss has requested to play the arena, which is due to open officially in September, as part of his ongoing ‘Wrecking Ball’ world tour.
It will be Springsteen’s first indoor UK show since his arena tour in 2007.
Leeds Arena Director Tony Watson said: “We are delighted that all of our stakeholders hard work in building a world class arena in Leeds, to complement those other venues across the region, has attracted the attention of an international superstar such as Bruce Springsteen.
“The team is ecstatic that an artist of this sheer calibre will be providing all of us with, what is effectively, a big dress rehearsal for the arena for its opening season.
“Springsteen has always expressed a love of performing in the UK and, from what I understand, any opportunity to put Leeds Arena through its paces was too much to resist. We’re more than happy to take orders from ‘The Boss’ on this occasion.”
Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield said: “This is an unexpected but very welcome announcement.
“To hear that the arena’s appeal is such that the advance actually came from Bruce Springsteen’s people is incredibly exciting.
“Leeds has waited a long time to welcome him back since his legendary 1985 Roundhay Park concert.
“It also means that the people of Leeds will be able to enjoy their amazing new arena and it will make its mark on northern England’s cultural landscape far earlier than originally anticipated.
“We will be handing over the arena to SMG on schedule towards the end of March and it is then up to them to fit it out to their requirements and open it on a date of their choice.
“Personally I am delighted at the prospect of a world-famous rock icon such as Bruce Springsteen performing there and am looking forward to him helping us get Leeds Arena firmly on the map.”
Tickets for the July 24 show will be on sale from 9am on Friday, priced from £65.
Call the box office on 0844 2481585, buy in person from the pop-up box office at Leeds Town Hall, or visit leeds-arena.com