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Springsteen Kicks Off World Tour

April 10, 1999

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ Reunited with his old band, Bruce Springsteen opened his world tour to a sold-out crowd of 20,000 in Barcelona’s Saint George Palace.

The Boss did not disappoint in his first tour with the E Street Band in more than a decade. They opened Friday with ``My Love Will Not Let You Down″ and ``Prove It All Night.″ And that’s what they did, captivating the crowd for 2 1/2 hours through 19 songs and five encores.

After delighting the Barcelona fans with a greeting spoken in Catalan, Springsteen hardly addressed his audience during the high-energy performance bursting with old favorites including ``Badlands,″ ``10th Avenue Freezeout″ and ``The River.″

Another highlight was a duet, ``Mansion on the Hill,″ sung with his wife, Patti Scialfa, who also played guitar and sang back-up throughout the evening.

Friday’s concert, and a second date Sunday also in this northeastern Spanish city, mark the beginning of a 17-city European tour for Springsteen and the E Street Band. Dates include Munich, Zurich, London, Dublin and Paris before the wrapping up in Madrid. The first U.S. performances aren’t until mid-July.

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