Just in time for stocking-stuffer ticket sales, Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band have announced “The River Tour,” a nine-week trek that includes a Feb. 29 date at Xcel Energy Center.

Tickets for the St. Paul date go on sale Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. for $57.50-$152.50 via Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 and the arena box office.

The tour, which kicks off Jan. 16 in Pittsburgh, follows the release of an expanded box-set edition of Springsteen’s definitive 1980 double-album, “The River.” It’s not yet clear how exactly the band will revisit those classic songs in concert.

However, they did make it clear that each concert on the upcoming tour will be recorded and made available to fans as live albums soon after the shows, a tactic that Pearl Jam fans have been loving for years.

Springsteen and E Street’s last few tours have also hit Xcel Center, most recently in November 2012, a two-nighter. The Minnesota Wild has home games scheduled the night before and night after Bruce’s show, so there’s no chance of him doubling up this time. Next stop on the tour is Milwaukee on March 3.

No longer part of Conan O’Brien’s late-night TV band, drummer Max Weinberg will once again be back with E Street in 2016 (his son Jay Weinberg capably filled in for him on their 2009 tour). They are set to perform on “Saturday Night Live” on Dec. 19.

Chris Riemenschneider

Douglas grateful for his health

An emotional Michael Douglas said Thursday that surviving his cancer scare several years ago gave him new vitality as he settles into his senior years. Douglas, 71, spoke about his health at an AARP luncheon celebrating the Academy Award-winner’s storied career and said: “It’s good to be alive.” Douglas battled stage 4 throat cancer in 2010. “Once you come out of that end, you have a resurgence, certainly of energy,” he told the crowd at the renowned restaurant Le Bernardin. Besides his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, his “Ant-Man” co-star Paul Rudd, his “Fatal Attraction” co-star Glen Close, Blythe Danner, David Hyde Pierce, and Jann Wenner attended.


Farewell: Robert Loggia, an Academy Award-nominated actor who embodied swagger and mischievous charm, notably as a too-trusting Miami crime boss in “Scarface,” died Friday at his home in Los Angeles from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85. Loggia, who could be sly and sweet, carried an everyman’s understanding and a con-man’s cleverness to roles ranging from the owner of a toy company opposite Tom Hanks in “Big” to his Oscar-nominated turn as sordid private detective Sam Ransom in “Jagged Edge,” written by Joe Eszterhas and starring Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges. Loggia’s résumé also included “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor” and “The Ninth Configuration.” He was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on Jan. 3 1930.

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