The Boss is returning to Minnesota!  Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band just released their 2016 The River Tour dates and it includes a stop at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on February 29th.

The announcement of the nine-week US tour coincides with today's release of "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection," a comprehensive look at the era of the 1980 "The River" album that "Rolling Stone" calls "Springsteen's best archival release yet."

Springsteen precedes the tour with a Dec. 19 performance on "Saturday Night Live," his third appearance on the NBC show. The River Tour (#TheRiverTour) is the first for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band since the 2014 High Hopes Tour.

"The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" includes 52 tracks on four CDs with a wealth of unreleased material and four hours of never-before-seen video on three DVDs. It contains the original "The River" double album; the first official release of "The River: Single Album"; a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a brand-new documentary about "The River"; and a coffee-table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia, with a new essay by Mikal Gilmore. The set also includes a two-DVD film of never-released, newly edited multi-camera footage from a Nov. 1980 show in Tempe, AZ, described by NPR as a "holy grail."

Tickets for the Xcel Energy show will go on sale Friday December 11th at 10am. Reserved seat ($152.50/$107.50/$57.50) and general admission tickets ($152.50) will be available at Xcel Energy Center box office and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers.  To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000.  To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com.