E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt talks touring, new music from Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have hit the road hard on their Wrecking Ball tour, which closes out the end of the month in Ireland. While the band has a fresh 2013 performance set for Brazil’s Rock in Rio Festival in September, guitarist Steven Van Zandt really doesn’t know if the band will play any more gigs this year.
“I know that Bruce is off in August. But what happens in October-November, I don’t know,” Van Zandt told Rolling Stone. “It’s possible we’ve passed the point where it’s even possible [to add more 2013 dates] now.”
Little Steven added that the group originally planned to finish up the tour in September, but he’s been “hearing rumors on the street” that something else might go down.
“Half the time [the rumors are] true, so I never know,” he said. “In this case, I don’t think we are [going to play more concerts].”
As for Rolling Stone‘s earlier report that Springsteen has been using his free time to get started on the follow-up to 2012’s “Wrecking Ball, album Van Zandt says that Springsteen is simply always working on new tunes. That’s part of his ongoing writing process.
“Bruce is always cutting things, always writing things and always recording,” he said, adding that Springsteen “always has an album in his pocket. He usually has two of them.” He also stated that he’s not sure “what shape that will take, who the group will be [or] when it will come out.”