Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will come to the Capital Centre April 4 and 5 as part of Springsteen's first tour in 2 1/2 years, it was announced yesterday.

Unlike the Born in the U.S.A. tour, which played mostly in outdoor stadiums, the Tunnel of Love Express will make stops at indoor arenas. After opening with a three-night stand in Worcester, Mass., on Feb. 25, 28 and 29, the tour will linger in cities for no more than two days at a time, another break from Springsteen tradition. Dates announced so far include Chapel Hill, N.C. (March 3-4); Philadelphia (March 8-9); Cleveland (March 13-14); Chicago (March 16-17); Atlanta (March 22-23); Lexington, Ky. (March 26); Detroit (March 28-29); and Uniondale, N.Y. (April 1-2). Other American dates will be announced later.

Although the album "Tunnel of Love" was essentially a Springsteen solo project, the concerts will feature not only the full E Street Band -- including local favorite guitarist Nils Lofgren -- but a five-man horn section drawn from the popular Jersey Shore band La Bamba and the Hubcaps. Despite the tour's name, the repertoire is expected to span Springsteen's entire career and will include new material as well. The singer apparently will not include solo acoustic material as he has on past tours, and will not perform bombastic political songs, such as "Born in the U.S.A."

In America, "Tunnel of Love" has sold more than 2 million copies; its single week at No. 1 allowed Springsteen to become the only artist over the last 10 years to have four No. 1 albums.

Tickets will not go on sale until a week or so before the concerts.