Wrapping up the 2012-2013 Wrecking Ball Tour: Tour Statistics Part 1

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 2012-2013 “Wrecking Ball” tour lasted 133 shows, from March 18, 2012 in Atlanta to September 21, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro.

As 2013 draws to its close, take a look back at Bruce’s longest tour since Born in the U.S.A. This will be the first of four parts:

Part 1 (Statistics) (below) – The basic numbers, show length, attendance, cities and locales.
Part 2 (Statistics) – Album breakdown, opening and closing songs, and the full song list and more.
Part 3 (“Top 5s”) – Best solo performances, covers, one-time only performances and more.
Part 4 (“Top 5s”) – Best new songs, biggest surprises, best tributes to Clarence Clemons and more.

Wrecking Ball Tour – The Basic Numbers:
Shows: 133
Cities: 98
Countries: 23
Continents: 4
2012 shows: 96
2013 shows: 37
Different Songs Played: 225


Shows Per Continent

Show Length

Fewest Songs Played: 23, 5 times

Most Songs Played: 34, Nijmegen, June 22, 2013

Average Number of Songs Played: 27.81

Songs Per Show

10 Longest Shows (by total time)
1. Helsinki, July 31, 2012
2. Madrid, June 17, 2012
3. East Rutherford, September 19, 2012
4. Philadelphia, September 2, 2012
5. Gothenburg, July 27, 2012
6. Vienna, July 12, 2012
7. Milan, June 7, 2012
8. Oslo, July 21, 2012
9. Toronto, August 24, 2012
10. Paris, July 5, 2012

10 Largest Crowds
1 Roskilde, July 7, 2012: ~100,000
2. Rio de Janeiro, September 21, 2013: ~95,000
3. Lisbon, June 3, 2012: ~90,000
4. London (Hyde Park), July 14, 2012: 76,656
5. London (Wembley Stadium), June 15, 2013: 70,425
6/7. Gothenburg, July 27-28, 2012: 65,803
8. Nijmegen, June 22, 2013: 64,900
9. Paris, June 29, 2013: 61,867
10. Werchter, July 13, 2013: 60,193

Note: Attendance estimates for festival crowds (numbers 1-3)

10 Smallest Crowds
1. Santiago, September 12, 2013: 5,256
2. Sao Paulo, September 18, 2013: 5,359
3. Buenos Aires, September 14, 2013: 7,095
4. Mexico City, December 10, 2012: 7,690
5/6. Turku, May 7-8, 2013: 9,279
7. Charlottesville, October 23, 2012: 9,931
8. Omaha, November 15, 2012: 10,269
9. Rochester, October 31, 2012: 10,405
10. Leeds, July 24, 2013: 11,367

Note: Turku and Leeds shows were “sell-outs”

Most Different Songs in a Multi-Night Stand

1. East Rutherford, NJ (September 19, 21 and 22, 2012): 62 songs
2. Stockholm, Sweden (May 3, 4 and 11, 2013): 54 songs
3. Sydney, Australia (March 18, 20 and 22, 2013): 51 songs
4. (tie) Kilkenny, Ireland (July 27-28, 2013): 50 songs each
Melbourne, Australia (March 24, 26-27, 2013)
Gothenburg, Sweden (July 27-28, 2012)

Locales the E Street Band Had Never Played In (before this tour)
Cork, Ireland
Coventry, UK
Geneva, Switzerland
Hanging Rock, Australia
Hanover, Germany
Isle of Wight, UK
Kilkenny, Ireland
Las Palmas, Spain
Limerick, Ireland
Lisbon, Portugal*
Mexico City, Mexico
Mönchengladbach, Germany
Moncton, Canada
Naples, Italy*
Newark, NJ, USA*
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Padua, Italy
Prague, Czech Republic*
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roskilde, Denmark
Santiago, Chile
Sunderland, UK
Trieste, Italy
Turku, Finland
Vernon, NY, USA
Werchter, Belgium

*previously played by Bruce, sans-E Street

Shows with Acoustic Pre-Sets:

Los Angeles, April 27, 2012 (1 song)
Helsinki, July 31, 2012 (5 songs)
East Rutherford, September 19, 2012 (2 songs)
Oslo, April 29, 2013 (4 songs)
Naples, May 23, 2013 (2 songs)
Padua, May 31, 2013 (2 songs)
Paris, June 29, 2013 (3 songs)
Limerick, July 16, 2013 (3 songs)
Cork, July 18, 2013 (3 songs)
Belfast, July 20, 2013 (4 songs)

Acknowledgement: thanks to Jessica Letkemann of definitive Pearl Jam site Two Feet Thick for the inspiration/assistance on the charts and graphs.

19 comments on “Wrapping up the 2012-2013 Wrecking Ball Tour: Tour Statistics Part 1

  1. Hanseator says:

    Thanks a lot for providing these nice statistics.

    I think, Hannover should be added to the list “Locales the E Street Band Had Never Played In (before this tour)”.

    Best wishes for 2014.

  2. peter says:

    Bruce never played at Hanging Rock Victoria and did so 2x on the Australian leg of his tour.

  3. Sal says:

    The Rock in Rio figures are always “inflated”. Most festivals make up the figures most times.

    • That’s a good point. I still think that Roskilde, Rio and Lisbon were the three largest crowds, but those numbers could easily be off by 10,000 – 20,000 people. The rest of the numbers are all reported ticket sales.

  4. Philippe says:

    Nice stats… Milano 2013 also contains 34 songs and is therefore at the first position regarding the most songs played, together with Nijmegen

  5. kathryn says:

    much appreciated to see an email in my inbox this morning saying there was something
    love reading the details! thank you!

  6. Reading these stats just simply made my day. I guess other Bruce fans will understand. It’s not that I really care about numbers, but just seeing these figures in black and white is amazing, and being able to say, “Hey! *I* was at that record breaking show!!” is just so much fun!
    Thanks for taking the time to put this together. It’s very much appreciated and so interesting!

  7. Julie says:

    Hey Luane! I was at the East Rutherford show on September 19, all the way from Perth Aus. It was a magical night I will remember forever….

  8. Phil says:

    Did you consider Vernon, NY to be part of Syracuse, NY? It’s a little over a half hour away–a rural hamlet with farms and horses. I’d put it as a new venue/place Bruce played this year. He hasn’t
    played Syracuse since Tom Joad in ’96

  9. Jim meinkoth says:

    Thanks so much for doing this! Like someone else said this is very nice to look at and reminisce…. Any chance you could add the length (time per show ) for the longest shows like you have the songs numbers listed? This should be in backstreets #92! Thanks again
    Jim

  10. Daniel says:

    Hi guys, just for the record, in Santiago of Chile might have been 5,256 tickets sold, but in the Arena there were easily more than 7,000 persons. Probably because too many tickets were given away during the last days before the show. Greetings!

  11. […] Today is Part 2 of 4: Album breakdown, opening and closing songs, and the full song list and more.  Part 1 can be found here. […]

  12. Alan says:

    This is a great recap. I hope you had fun doing it.

  13. […] set of “Top 5s” from the tour.  Parts 1 and 2 covered the tour stats and can be found here (1)  and here […]

  14. […] Part 1 (Statistics) – The basic numbers, show length, attendance, cities and locales. Part 2 (Statistics) – Album breakdown, opening and closing songs, and the full song list and more. Part 3 (“Top 5s”) – Best solo performances, covers, one-time only performances and more. […]

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