Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Springsteen Tour for “Western Stars” Seems Likely, Rocker’s December Statement Had Loophole of “No E Street Band”


Bruce Springsteen will likely be touring this summer, I am told.

In December Springsteen posted a statement with a very big loophole: “Just a note to quell some of the rumors over here on E Street,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter. “While we hope to be back with you soon, the E Street Band won’t be touring in 2019. Before I go back to my day job, the year will be consumed with a break after our Broadway run and various recording projects I’ve been working on. We do hope to see you soon, and until then, we have some mighty E Streeters out there regularly performing with their own projects who’d love and deserve your support.”

Well, the new album doesn’t include E Streeters. For one thing, Stevie van Zandt is on tour with the Disciples of Soul now. The others all have projects. But the musicians on this album are all free, and Bruce will be keeping his word.

It’s not about money. On Broadway Bruce made more money than anyone could imagine. No, he just likes to perform and tour. They all do, all the rockers. They want to be on the road. They love the audience, it’s a high. And the audience adores him.

A fall tour– count on it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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