UPDATE: Bruce Springsteen has finally announced his and the E Street Band’s future plans. In a recent interview with Italian newspaper la Repubblica, Springsteen confirmed what was reported earlier this month. “We will go on tour next year,” he said. “I’ll record with the E Street Band in autumn and, when we are done, we’ll go on tour. Of course I’ll come to Rome. I love it.”
There you have it. Straight from The Boss’ mouth. Bar any extreme circumstances, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will record, and they will tour.
The last time Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band went on tour was 2016-17 in support of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set, and in order to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The River. This incredibly successful tour—extended into Summer ’17 by popular demand—indicates that Springsteen’s upcoming stint with the E Street Band will be one of this year’s major, live music events.
“The River 2016” Tour was the top grossing worldwide tour of 2016, pulling in $268.3 million globally. “The River 2016” was also the highest-grossing tour since 2014, for any artist, surpassing Taylor Swift’s 2015 tour which grossed $250.1 million. And, just like now, it was the first Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour in two years, making fans ravenous for these tickets.
Most shows on “The River 2016” Tour lasted over three and a half hours, with around 33 songs being performed. And, towards the end of the tour, there were a few times when Springsteen broke his longest show record in the United States—like when he clocked in over 4 hours on September 7, 2016 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
As we said, it’s been two years since Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band went on tour. Though it’s also been two years since they’ve played together, we think this Fall recording session will be more than enough to get the band and the Boss in sync.
When do Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale? TBD. But if Bruce and the E Street Band are aiming for a Spring Tour, keep an eye out around the holidays for an official announcement. Once the word is out, head to our inventory of Bruce Springsteen Tickets quickly. Because if there’s any ticket that will sell-out before you know it, it’s one to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Originally Published May 7, 2019:
According to The Boss, it has been nearly seven years since he’s written new material for the E Street Band. But recently, while speaking with director Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen revealed that a very particular muse has paid him a visit. And the result? New music for the E Street Band.
“I couldn’t write anything for the band. And I said, ‘Well, of course … you’ll never be able to do that again!’ And it’s a trick every time you do it, you know? But it’s a trick that, because of that fact that you can’t explain, cannot be self-consciously duplicated. It has to come to you in inspiration,” Springsteen said, in an account from Variety.
He continued: “And then about a month or so ago, I wrote almost an album’s worth of material for the band. And it came out of just… I mean, I know where it came from, but at the same time, it just came out of almost nowhere. And it was good, you know. I had about two weeks of those little daily visitations, and it was so nice. It makes you so happy. You go, ‘Fuck, I’m not fucked, all right? There’ll be another tour!
So what does this mean about Western Stars, Springsteen’s previously announced solo album? It’s still coming, and is due out June 14th. “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements,” Springsteen said in a statement. “It’s a jewel box of a record.”
Springsteen’s last album of new material was 2012’s Wrecking Ball, which only featured select E Street Band members on a couple of tracks. The E Street Band hasn’t been his primary backing band on an album since 2009’s Working on a Dream, which makes this potential album the first of its kind in nearly a decade. Unfortunately, Springsteen has confirmed that he won’t be touring with the E Street Band in 2019—but his touring plans for 2020 remain undetermined.
The forthcoming Western Stars has just one single out, the 70’s California-pop inspired “Hello Sunshine“. Western Stars is produced by Ron Aniello, and feature contributions from founding E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious, and Soozie Tyrell and Charlie Giordano of the current incarnation of the group.
Though Springsteen hasn’t revealed plans for an upcoming solo tour to support Western Stars, it would be the first time since 1982’s Nebraska that The Boss didn’t put in road work for an album. And would Springsteen really pass up the opportunity to tour acoustically, something we know he loves to do?
Little else is currently known about the album Bruce penned for the E Street Band. Just that it was almost entirely written in a divinely inspired fugue state, and Bruce feels confident enough to let the world know they haven’t heard the last of the E Street Band. And you heard it straight from The Boss’ mouth: There’ll be another tour!