Bruce Springsteen, February 26, Entertainment Centre, Brisbane: The Boss thanked fans who came out to see him and The E Street Band on their recent Wrecking Ball world tour by posting a note on his website: ‘‘To all the tramps and travelers who exposed themselves night after night to the long flights, the long drives, the long queuing, the rain, the sleeplessness in order to fuel us from band center, we appreciate it,’’ said Springsteen, who toured Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Hanging Rock as part of the tour. ‘‘To all of you who were there along the way, we send out our mightiest and most heartfelt thanks. You have reignited in us a great passion for what we do. We’ll do our best to honor it.’’ The rocker returns to Australia with The E Street Band to play 13 shows across the country and New Zealand in February and March 2014. Lynyrd Skynyrd, February 11, The Plenary, Melbourne; February 13, Sydney Entertainment Centre: Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform in Australia for the first time next February. Lynyrd Skynyrd are best known for the classic Sweet Home Alabama, an anthem written in protest to Neil Young’s Southern Man. The Lynyrd Skynyrd epic Free Bird was a staple of earlyFMradio in Australia and a classic in the US. Lynyrd Skynyrd is Gary Rossington (guitar), Mark ‘‘Sparky’’ Matejka (guitar), Peter Keys (keyboards), Johnny Van Zant (vocals), Michael Cartellone (drums), Rickey Medlocke (guitar) and Johnny Colt (bass) with the Honkettes featuring Carol Chase and Dale Krantz on backing vocals.