At 63 years old, Bruce Springsteen is still touring as long and rocking as hard as he ever did. He confirmed to Rolling Stone that he and the E Street Band have a new album in the works. Former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, subbing for Steven Van Zandt right now, sat in on a studio session.
Van Zandt is dealing with the sudden death of his friend and The Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini. The E Street Band dedicated an unscheduled performance of the entire “Born to Run” album to the actor last week while in England. At the time Van Zandt tweeted that he had lost a “brother and a best friend.” Like Gandolfini, it’s impossible to think of Van Zandt, Springsteen or the E Street Band without thinking about New Jersey. Through the band’s music, folks from California to Australia can envision the streets and sights of Jersey.
The 2012 album “Wrecking Ball” added more acclaim for them, earning three Grammy Awards and Rolling Stone’s “Album of the Year” honor. “The Boss” is so fond of the material he has right now that they took a studio session during the tour, something he told the magazine he has never done before. He’s optimistic the momentum from this European will carry over to the new album. There’s no release date yet, but we will keep you posted.