Out now is the new Bruce Springsteen biography by author Peter Ames Carlin, called Bruce. Carlin has made a name for himself writing the critically acclaimed Catch A Wave: The Rise, Fall, And Redemption Of The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney: A Life. What sets Bruce apart from the rest of the many other Springsteen biographies is the direct participation of "The Boss" himself, his family, longtime manager Jon Landau, and the members of the E Street Band.
The E Street Band has slowly evolved over the past 40 years to the point in 2012, where it now includes up to four guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, two keyboardists, a violinist, a percussionist, two backup singers, and a five-man horn section. We asked Steve Van Zandt if following the loss of Clarence Clemons, Springsteen would ever take the live lineup of the E Street Band and utilize its massive sound in the studio: "Well, you never know where this is gonna go -- I mean, that could happen. But in this case it didn't start off that way. It evolved into what you're describing. Y'know, it didn't start off as an orchestra and 'Let's pare it down for the album and then put the orchestra back' -- the orchestra wasn't there. We added the orchestra as the record was finished. We spent a couple of months discussing, 'How do we deal with this?' This, y'know, obvious loss."
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band tour dates (subject to change):
October 30 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
November 1 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
November 3 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
November 11, 12 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
November 15 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Arena
November 17 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
November 19 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
November 26 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
November 28 - Portland, OR - The Rose Garden
November 30 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
December 4 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
December 6 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena