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Stevie Van Zandt announces first UK tour in 25 years

Story by Jack Foley

STEVIE Van Zandt, a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has announced that he will embark on a seven-date UK tour in November 2017.

The tour will see Van Zandt – also known as Little Steven – and his band, The Disciples Of Soul, celebrate the release of Soulfire, his first album in 15 years.

It also follows a successful tour of Europe, which saw Van Zandt sell out venues, including one UK show in Manchester. The November shows will be the band’s first major UK tour in over two decades, a chance for the UK to experience one of the greatest soul bands performing today.

The tour is set to begin at London’s Roundhouse on November 4, visiting Bristol, Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow and Liverpool, before ending at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on November 16.

Soulfire is Stevie Van Zandt’s first solo album in almost 20 years, named by Rolling Stone as one of the best records of 2017.

“I’ve always been very thematic with my work, very conceptual,” Van Zandt says. “I need a big picture, I can’t just do a collection of songs, that doesn’t work for me. In this case, the concept became me. Who am I? I’m kind of my own genre at this point.

“So, I tried to pick material that when you added it all up, really represented me. So there are a couple of covers, a couple of new songs, and some of what I feel are the best songs I’ve written and co-written over the years. This record is me doing me.”

Tickets are on sale now.

The full Soulfire Tour 2017 dates are as follows (all November 2017)…

4 – London Roundhouse
6 – Bristol O2 Academy
8 – Leeds O2 Academy
10 – Birmingham O2 Academy
12 – Glasgow O2 Academy
14 – Liverpool O2 Academy
16 – Newcastle O2 Academy