Well, I’ll admit I didn’t really see this coming: Rolling Stone is reporting today that a new Springsteen album is in the works, with the man himself confirming that he laid down tracks with Tom Morello while touring in Australia. From the story:
Springsteen wouldn’t divulge any more specifics on the new album or the songs he is writing for it. But he was certain that the momentum from his year-long touring with the E Street Band will carry over into his next work. “It’s ongoing,” insisted Springsteen, who has one more confirmed show after the European tour, on September 21st at Rock in Rio in Brazil. “A week or two later, after stopping, I’m in the studio working, making a demo. You stop the performing for awhile, because this level of intensity. . . You need a break from it.”
It’s probably reasonable to assume that this means the Wrecking Ball tour will end without an additional dates announced, U.S. or otherwise — but that after a brief hiatus to finish and launch the new LP, Springsteen could be back on the road for another jaunt.
One thing’s relatively certain: The rumor and even the actual, legitimate news floodgates are now open. Expect reports to come fast and furious over the next few months … And make sure to check back to Blogness regularly to stay up to date! (Or follow us on Facebook and Twitter, natch.)
Meanwhile, the piece in the current Rolling Stone on Springsteen’s current European run is worth the purchase price — as much as it may make U.S. fans without airfare to spare insanely jealous. It basically reinforces the theory that European audiences are younger, livelier and more engaged. As Steve Van Zandt tells the mag, “Americans still come basically to observe. [Europeans come] to be in the show.”
Wait, that’s not entirely true — we also come to check our cell phones, drink giant beers and yell “PLAY THUNDER ROAD!”