Sam Fender is to support his hero Bruce Springsteen at two shows in Italy next summer.
The Boss will tour Europe with the E Street Band next summer, and will be supported by Fender – who calls himself the “Geordie Springsteen” – for two concerts in Ferrara and Rome in May.
“I’m thinking about the time when the music will be [de Springsteen] I really enjoyed it as a teenager!” wrote the singer on Twitter.
“Next year I will be their opening act in Italy. What’s going on?”
Fender will play alongside Springsteen at Parco Urbano G. Bassani Ferrari on May 18 and again at Rome’s Circo Massimo on May 21.
See exhibition details below. The superstar singer recently defended ticket prices for the tour after some tickets were reportedly priced at $5,000 (£4,152) each thanks to Ticketmaster’s “dynamic pricing” model.
Speaking to NME for the 2021 cover, Fender discussed the “Geordie Springsteen” tag he’s been tagged with, saying: “I can’t exactly say no to those comparisons, can I?
“The first time I heard it, I was like, ‘This is fucking crazy,’ but you don’t want to be after The Boss for your whole life. I can write my own songs, they are different and my life. I don’t have a voice like Springsteen’s. I don’t have his hair; I’m a bit of a fairy when I sing.”
Newcastle’s James Park the following summer, a venue where Springsteen played in 1985 and where Fender’s grandfather attended.
On Springsteen’s influence on his own music, he told NME: “I think my biggest hero, Springsteen, never stopped singing at home. He never stopped writing about people.
“I think that’s the reality: just because things are going well here doesn’t mean you have to completely lose touch with the human experience.”