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Bruce Springsteen Plots 2022 Tour, Work with John Mellencamp, Killers

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Tickets for the revival of Bruce Springsteen’s Tony Award-winning Broadway present went on sale Thursday, and the singer referred to as into Sirius XM’s E Street Radio to speak about his return to the stage, his 2022 tour plans, and upcoming collaborations with John Mellencamp and the Killers. He additionally dropped hints about unreleased materials that could be coming quickly.

As he informed hosts Jim Rotolo and Dave Marsh, the thought of reviving Springsteen on Broadway got here collectively very organically. “I knew we were going to tour with the band next year,” he stated, casually confirming a much-anticipated E Street Band tour, “so I said [to manager Jon Landau], ‘Maybe I’ll take the time off.’ [But] I had a friend who got so enthusiastic about it to me that he talked me into it sitting on my couch one night. The next day I said, ‘OK, we’ll do some shows.’ It really came around kind of casually. It will be just nice to be back there again [and] lend a hand.”

Springsteen on Broadway was staged 236 instances between October 2017 and December 2018. And despite the fact that it’s transferring from the tiny Walter Kerr Theater to the a lot bigger St. James Theater, the script will seemingly keep the identical. “I am going to start freshening up the script and going through it again and see if I am going to make some small changes or not,” he stated. “It’s pretty much going to be the same show that it was because I think it’s what people expect and that is what I have.”

“There will be some small [changes], but I don’t think too much,” he continued. “I would like to tighten it up a bit if anything. I would like to get it a little closer to what it was when I initially debuted it on Broadway than toward the end a little bit.”

The 2022 E Street Band tour was solely talked about in passing, however he did verify studies that he lately hung out in Indiana with John Mellencamp. “I worked on three songs on John’s album and I spent some time in Indiana with him,” he stated. “I love John a lot. He’s a great songwriter and I have become very close [with him] and had a lot of fun with him. I sang a little bit on his record.”

There’s additionally an upcoming collaboration with the Killers within the works, who’ve lengthy cited Springsteen as one among their favourite artists. “It’s [Brandon Flowers] and I with the band, we have done something that is going to come out soon, in a week or so,” he stated. “I’ve been staying busy.”

Springsteen was much less particular when it got here to plans for his personal releases, however he did say that “fans will have fun” with unreleased archival materials he plans on releasing this yr. “There are various things we are working on,” he stated. “We have something that is going to come out in the fall. I have got projects I have been working on… We worked on a lot of things from the vault. I will let it be a surprise.”

If all of that isn’t sufficient, Springsteen spoke final month about one other upcoming album when he acquired the Woody Guthrie Prize. “California was an enormous influence on some of my most topical writing through my Nineties, 2000s and even now,” he stated. “We have a record coming out soon that’s set largely in the West.”

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