Chicago ‘Born To Run’?

Although Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band is four months into the Working on a Dream tour, it now appears The Boss has a few more tricks up his sleeve.

Like playing his 1975 album Born To Run in its entirety. According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ pop music critic, Jim DeRogatis, Springsteen and company will play it all for Chicago when the group lands in the Windy City for a gig at the United Center Sept. 20.

Unless he unleashes the album from start-to-finish sometime between now and the Chicago date, the upcoming show will mark the second time the album has been played on the concert stage by Springsteen and co. In May 2008 Springsteen and E Street performed the album, along with 1978’s Darkness at the Edge of Town, from beginning-to-end, at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., during a fundraiser to help restore the classic venue.

Keep in mind, there has been no official word (so far) from Springsteen’s camp, and DeRogatis quoted Jam Productions as confirming the BTR performance. Jam CEO Jerry Mickelson was unavailable at press time.

In other Springsteen developments, the number of shows to help close out Philadelphia’s Spectrum has risen to four with the addition of Oct. 19 and 20 to the schedule. Springsteen is just one of the artists playing the venue before it closes its doors at the end of this year’s concert season.

Other acts helping to send the Spectrum out in style include Leonard Cohen Oct. 22 and Pearl Jam, which is the last band scheduled to appear at the venue – Oct. 28 & 30.