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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.

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