Bruce Springsteen Teases 2022 Tour, Collaborates With John Mellencamp, The Killers On SiriusXM [Listen]
It’s been a big week in the Bruce springsteen world, as The Boss announced their return to Broadway with 31 shows at Saint-Jacques Theater starting later this month. While promoting the return of Springsteen on Broadway on his devoted SiriusXM channel E Street Radio, the classic rocker has blurted out some juicier details regarding upcoming projects. It looks like Bruce Springsteen will be touring alongside the Street group E in 2022, as well as to publish upcoming collaborations with The killers and Jean Mellencamp.
In a live conversation with the hosts Dave Marais and Jim rotolo, ostensibly on the return of Springsteen on Broadway, Springsteen’s loose lips let out a teaser for an upcoming tour.
“[My manager] Jon [Landau] mentioned it to me, ”he said of the relaunch Springsteen on Broadway. “I knew we were going to tour with the band next year, so I said, ‘Maybe I’ll take some time off.'”
If true, it would mark Bruce’s first tour with the E Street Band since. Around the river in 2017. The group got together to record Letter to you in 2019, but were unable to turn behind due to the pandemic. Last month, while accepting the Woody Guthrie Award, The Boss also teased a new album with his longtime band. Bruce Springsteen has performed live with the E Street Band only once since 2017, during an appearance on Saturday Night Live which included truncated programming due to the pandemic. Bass player Garry Talent and violinist Soozie Tyrell could not do this concert, the only one of the group to support Letter to you.
Besides these so-called live performances, Bruce has a lot going on in the studio. Later in the interview, Springsteen announced an upcoming collaboration with The Killers which could be released as early as next week.
“His [Killers frontman Brandon Flowers] and me with the group, ”he said. “We’ve done something that’s going to come out soon, in a week or so.”
This leak was later confirmed by The Killers with a tweet: “Looks like the cat is out of the bag. When The Boss decides it’s time to make an announcement, it’s time to make an announcement. With the confirmation came what appears to be the illustration of a single titled “Dustland”.
Looks like the cat is out of the bag. When The Boss decides it’s time to make an announcement, it’s time to make an announcement. pic.twitter.com/0ltbHfwdpG
– The killers (@thekillers) June 10, 2021
Bruce still wasn’t done letting go of his knowledge, as he also let slip some details about an upcoming collaboration with Jean Mellencamp.
“I worked on three songs on John’s album and spent time in Indiana with him,” Springsteen said. “I really like Jean. He’s a great songwriter and I got very close and had a lot of fun with him. I sang a little on his record.
The new record, although not officially announced, will mark Mellencamp’s 25th studio release. According to his website, the classic rocker had already cut ten tracks before the pandemic with plans to record 17 more.
The boss also explained how this series of Springsteen on Broadway shows will differ from its 236 performances at Walter Kerr Theater in 2017 and 2018 (later published as Netflix special).
I have a script. I didn’t watch it and didn’t do any rehearsals. [laughs] The truth is, I didn’t say it much the first time around. I remember we played a few dress rehearsals and I played it once here at Monmouth College, but that’s all I did. It’s not something that you can really just sit there and talk to each other in the afternoon. I’m not going to tell myself the same stories. Part of this is that there is an element of spontaneity, even though the script is relatively fixed. I set it up for Monday, I’ll start to refresh the script and review it and see if I’ll make any changes, some small changes or not. It’s going to be pretty much the same show it was because I think that’s what people expect and that’s what I got.
Listen to a clip from Bruce Springsteen’s recent appearance on E Street Radio, where he teased tours, collaborations, and discussed his upcoming Broadway tour. For tickets and more information for Springsteen on Broadway Click here.
Bruce Springsteen on “Springsteen on Broadway” Return
[H/T Consequence of Sound]