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Springsteen Talks High Hopes, US 2014 Tour, and Plans for Future in Interview

posted Dec 17, 2013, 11:20 AM by Brandon Thompson
Rolling Stone released an incredible interview today with Bruce Springsteen. Literally, everything we wanted to know we got answers to, well at least for the most part. To head right on over to read the full article click here or read below for the highlights.

  • On High Hopes and Writing
    • Bruce made it clear during the interview that he has written a ton of great material, thought it felt great, but just did not make the cut for a specific album because it may not have matched the theme or message he was trying to send. Springsteen says that High Hopes has a lot of his best unreleased material since the "reunion era" of 1999. He states: "The songs were relatively current and had a similar sound picture, I was interested in putting this material together in some form because it sounded like  it all fit together. . .You have to imagine that when I'm home or done with a tour I go into a studio and I'm surrounded by paintings that I've sorta half-finished. There might be something wrong with this one and I didn't have time to finish this one. When I go into my studio, I'm surrounded by all my music that I haven't released. I wait to see what's going to speak to me." He told producer Ron Aniello to mess around with the tracks as Springsteen was then on tour in December of 2012. The album was recorded as the band was on tour and they would record in studios and Bruce's home in NJ while the band was on breaks from the tour.
  • On Possible US 2014 Tour
    • Springsteen says he knows that the band did not hit some areas on the last Wrecking Ball tour and states that "We're looking around now to see what we might do. I don't want to say 'yes' because I don't want to disappoint people, but I certainly don't want to rule it out either. We're looking closely out at since there's places we missed on the last tour. We didn't get to play Texas, where I love to play. We didn't get to Florida either. It might be fun to get back to some of those places." Essentially, Bruce is confirming that a U.S. tour is in the works. I know he says he doesn't want to gaurentee anything so he won't disappoint anyone, but why else would he mention it and specific places? I think it will for sure now happen.
  • On Future Projects (Box Sets)
    • This is where some great detail comes out. Bruce's well known manager Jon Landau says that there are no plans to do a Born in the U.S.A. box set for the 30 year anniversary but that they are now working on a River box set. That's right, The River has a box set in the works people! Landau also surprisingly announced they are working on re-mastered versions of Bruce's first two albums as well. 
  • On Future Albums and Plans
    • Springsteen says he doesn't see any long gaps happening between releases. He states: "It's like that old story, the light from the oncoming train focuses the mind."

Thanks to Andy Greene from Rolling Stone who said that he talked with Bruce this past Friday for about one hour and said there is actually more from the interview! He also hinted that he asked about a "Tracks 2" record. Stay tuned!