Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will return to the road in 2020. The tour will mark the first full outing by Springsteen and the E Street band since their The River world tour wrapped up in early 2017. Since then, he spent much of the last two years performing his one-man show on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
As NJ.com notes, “While spending time in Rome this past weekend for his daughter, Jessica’s, equestrian event, Springsteen told the Italian newspaper Repubblica the following when asked if he would tour this year (translated from Italian): ‘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.’” He also noted that he and the band love Rome, and implied that the tour would find them back in the Italian capital.
The tour will come in support of a new album from the band, which they’re planning to record in late 2019. While chatting with Martin Scorsese at a Netflix event in Los Angeles earlier this month, Springsteen revealed that he has written music for a new studio album with his E Street Band. He 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!
In the meantime, Springsteen will be busy promoting his new solo album, Western Stars, due out June 14th via Columbia Records. Springsteen currently has no plans to tour in support of the new solo release.