Although Bruce Springsteen is notoriously tight-lipped about his upcoming recording and touring plans, amazingly, while on vacation in Rome, Italy, he revealed how things will play out. BlogItAllnight.com reported “The Boss” spoke about his upcoming album, Western Stars, which is set for release on June 14th, to la Repubblica saying, “I'm very happy about it. We also filmed a documentary which includes the whole recording process, from beginning to end at my house.”
He also revealed that the E Street Band would be ramping up in 2020: “We will go on tour next year. I'll record with the E Street Band in the autumn and when we are done, we'll go on tour. Of course I will come to Rome, I love it.”
We asked guitarist Nils Lofgren if he ever senses that Springsteen might ever wind things down with the E Street Band: “Bruce is as intimately aware of the greatness of this band as anyone on the planet and realizes that it spreads a lot of goodwill and joy among people in a time in our history where it's sorely needed globally. So, I'm sure he takes it very seriously — but, again; what that means in the future I don't know, you're asking the wrong guy. It says to me, when you buy a ticket to a show, I'll be there to play it if it involves the E Street Band.”
Steve Van Zandt told us that with all the requests and deep album cuts Springsteen has been known to tackle onstage, the E Street Band has yet to be stumped: “Y'know not too often, because the band, there's so many people in the band that there's virtually nothing (laughs) that we can't do. We can do Beethoven's 'Fifth (Symphony)' probably, and y'know, you wouldn't miss much (laughs). I'm trying to think… I don't remember having that problem. No.”
The E Street Band's last official concert was back on February 25th, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.