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Bruce Springsteen picks Houston over Dallas and Austin: The Boss clearly knows which city is best

Bruce Springsteen picks Houston over Dallas & Austin as best in Texas

Bruce Springsteen in concert February 2014
Bruce and company come to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on May 3. Bruce Springsteen/Facebook

Sorry, Austin and Big D . . . Myth, man and rock legend Bruce Springsteen only has eyes Houston as his upcoming tour proves. The Boss and his mighty E Street Band will blow the roof off the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Tuesday, May 6.

The veteran rocker's new tour in support of his latest High Hopes record — a hodgepodge of covers, out-takes and reworked older tracks that earned the Springsteen his 11th No. 1 album on the Billboard charts — only includes 15 United States dates.

The new concerts concentrate on regions passed over during the massive 26-country Wrecking Ball Tour in 2012 and 2013, during which the band played nearly 50 North American cities without a single stop in the Lone Star State.

"As much as we played, we didn't get to Texas, where I love to play," a very regretful Springsteen told Rolling Stone late last year.

Truth be told, Space City has had plenty of E Street love in recent years, with concerts in 2008 and 2009 as well as two stops during the band's never-ending reunion tours of the early 2000s. Now Bruce Springsteen and company hit the Houston area this May after headlining the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival alongside Eric Clapton.

According to SetList.fm, Boss fans can expect a night heavy on tracks from High Hopes and classics like "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out," "Dancing in the Dark" and "Born to Run."

With the group still mourning the loss of saxophonist Clarence Clemons, it remains unclear how many 2014 concerts will feature Steve Van Zandt, whose popular Netflix TV series Lilyhammer is keeping him busy in Norway through much of the spring. Unlikely E Street Band replacement guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine is touring with group to fill-in for Little Steven as needed.

Tickets for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion show go on sale at 10 a.m. on Feb. 28 . . . In the meantime, here's some vintage Boss to tide you over: