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The Boss is back

Five years after their last studio album was released, multi-Grammy Award-winning American rock hero Bruce Springsteen is back on the road with the E Street Band and a new album.

Springsteen announced a packed tour schedule across the United States and Europe for 2008 after playing sell-out dates last year. The bank will be touring the US in February, March and April, moving on to Europe in May to include Ireland, England, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Scandinavia and more.

A review in the Washington Post stated, "Springsteen and his longtime band were simply great, performing a well-considered set with heightened intensity and a very clear sense of purpose... Springsteen remains one of the most potent live performers in popular music -- largely because he's among the most committed practitioners of the form, draining all of his creative energy every time he's onstage."

'Magic' was released for download in October 2007 to popular and critical acclaim. It was included on over forty critics' year-end best lists, including Rolling Stone and USA Today, and was named Entertainment Weekly's top album of 2007.

The 58 year old singer-songwriter and musician has been famous for his own brand of heartland rock for over 30 years. His fiercely dedicated global fans relate to the ongoing theme of the struggles of everyday life and ordinary problems. Springsteen is politically active in his native New Jersey and regularly plays benefits for causes he believes in, such as Amnesty International and Vietnam veterans.

Italian Connection are offering ticket and hotel packages for Springsteen's Milan concert on 25 June from £179 per person.

Written by: Maxine Clarke