No fooling — Bruce Springsteen returns to D.C. on April 1. (Linda Davidson/TWP)

This is the E Street Band’s first string of shows since the death of longtime saxophone player Clarence Clemons. The “Big Man” will not be replaced on this tour. In addition to full-fledged E Street Band members Roy Bittan (piano, synthesizer); Nils Lofgren (guitar, vocals); Patti Scialfa (guitar, vocals); Garry Tallent (bass); Stevie Van Zandt (guitar, vocals); and Max Weinberg (drums), violinist/guitarist Soozie Tyrell and keyboardist Charles Giordano round out the lineup.

Expect the tour’s set list to be heavy on songs from the new album. It remains to be seen if the absence of Clemons and his imposing saxophone will result in other set list shakeups.

Chris Richards reviewed Springsteen’s last local show at Verizon Center in November 2009.

Tickets range from $71 to $101 (plus fees) and go on sale Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Verizon Center box office, or charge by phone 800-745-3000.