Last week, Bruce Springsteen officially revealed his plans for his first new album in five years, Western Stars. The new solo record is due out June 14th via Columbia Records. The album marks Springsteen’s first collection of new, original songs since 2012’s Wrecking Ball. He had previously released an album of covers and re-worked originals, High Hopes, in 2014.
On Sunday night, while chatting with Martin Scorsese at a Netflix event in Los Angeles, Springsteen revealed that he has written music for a new studio album with his E Street Band, which will be accompanied by a tour.
According to a report by Variety, Springsteen explained,
You have to capture a little piece of the divine. And it can come in many, many forms. But whenever I really have written something that I felt has some quality to it, there’s always that little piece of ‘I’m not exactly sure where that came from. I know how I got here or how I got there, but…
It’s like I’ve spent about seven years without writing anything for the 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.
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, ‘F—, I’m not f—ed, all right? There’ll be another tour!
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have been off the road since their Working on a Dream tour wrapped in 2017.
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