Bruce Springsteen speaks to media after a sound check at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Bruce Springsteen had a special message for his Australian fans before his tour opened in Brisbane on Thursday night.
"We hope to be great. We want to come out every night and show you a great time and we hope you missed us and we missed you.
We want to come out every night and show you a great time
"We just came out to be at our best really."
Bruce Springsteen at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Springsteen and the E Street Band will on Thursday play their first Australian show in 10 years in Brisbane as part of the Wrecking Ball tour of the east coast.
Both Brisbane dates on Thursday and Saturday have sold out, while there are few remaining tickets for shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Ten years ago the band's tour was marred by poor sound at a Sydney show, which Bruce described Thursday as a "weiner shrinking" moment.
He hopes things will go smoothly in Brisbane, during the band's first concert in three months.
He last performed live at the Hurricane Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden in New York in December.
Springsteen and his long time backing band played in front of a throng of media at Thursday evening's sound check, blasting through We take of our own and two covers, one of which was a run through of brisbane punk band The Saints' classic Just Like Fire Would, which Bruce plans to play tonight as a tribute to the local band.
The band will be without long time E Street guitarist Steven Van Zandt for the Australian tour due to the former Sopronos actor's filming commitments .
In his place will be Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who has cameoed at several Springsteen shows in the past.
Springsteen was asked what Morello would bring to the table.
"He's just very different you know,"he said.
"We rehearsed yesterday and the day before and Tom sat in with us in the States on three or four songs and when I knew Steve was gonna be in Norway [Tom] came to mind as being the right guy.
"When we step out we build this great house and Tom builds another sonicextension on to that.
"A good part of the night he sits in because we play as an ensemble but then there's a great moment when he builds his part of the building.
"He's great, I love him, I love his music and love his bands. This is going to be a lot of fun. This is the first night we're going to do it, so it will be very exciting."
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band last played the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in 2003 on the internationally acclaimed the Rising tour.