Bruce Springsteen Plots Tour 2022, work with John Mellencamp, Killers
Tickets for the revival of Bruce Springsteen’s Tony Award-winning Broadway show went on sale Thursday, and the singer called Sirius XM’s E Street Radio to talk about his return to the stage, his 2022 tour plans and the upcoming collaborations with John Mellencamp and the Killers. He also dropped hints of previously unreleased material that may be coming soon.
As he told hosts Jim Rotolo and Dave Marsh, the idea of reviving Springsteen on Broadway came together in a very organic way. “I knew we were going to tour with the band next year,” he said, casually confirming a highly anticipated E Street Band tour, “so I said [to manager Jon Landau], ‘Maybe I’ll take the time.’ [But] I had a friend who got me so excited he convinced me sitting on my couch one night. The next day I said, “OK, we’re going to do shows. It really happened by accident. It will just be nice to go back [and] give a hand.”
Springsteen on Broadway was staged 236 times between October 2017 and December 2018. And even though it moves from the tiny Walter Kerr Theater to the larger St. James Theater, the storyline will likely remain the same. “I’m going to start refreshing the script and re-reading it and see if I’ll make some small changes or not,” he said. “It’ll be pretty much the same show it was because I think that’s what people expect and that’s what I got.”
“There will be little ones [changes], but I don’t think too much, ”he continued. “I would like to tighten it up a bit, if anything. I wish it was a bit closer to what it was when I first did it on Broadway than it was towards the end a bit. “
The 2022 E Street Band tour was only mentioned in passing, but he has confirmed reports that he recently spent time in Indiana with John Mellencamp. “I worked on three songs from John’s album and spent time with him in Indiana,” he said. “I really like Jean. He’s a great songwriter and I got very close [with him] and had a lot of fun with him. I sang a little on his record.
There’s also an upcoming collaboration with the Killers in the works, who have long cited Springsteen as one of their favorite artists. “His [Brandon Flowers] and me with the band, we’ve done something that’s going to come out soon, in a week or so, ”he said. “I stayed busy.
Springsteen was less specific about plans for his own releases, but said “fans will have fun” with the unreleased archival material he plans to release this year. “There are different things that we are working on,” he said. “We have something coming out in the fall. I have projects that I am working on… We have worked on a lot of things from the vault. I’ll let that be a surprise.
If all that isn’t enough, Springsteen spoke last month about another upcoming album when he received the Woody Guthrie Award. “California has had a huge influence on some of my most topical writing throughout my 90s, 2000s and even now,” he said. “We soon have a record that is set largely in the West.”