Steve Van Zandt Unsure If More E Street Band Dates Are Being Planned
Will Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band wrap its long-running Wrecking Ball world tour without one last North American swing??? Rolling Stone pressed Steve Van Zandt about "The Boss's" tour ending plans for this fall, with Van Zandt admitting, "I really, really don't know. I know that Bruce is off in August. But what happens in October-November, I don't know. I really don't. I would tell you, but I don't know. It's possible we've passed the point where it's even possible now. I'd always heard that the tour was ending in September. I've heard that for the last year-and-a-half. Then you start hearing rumors on the street. Half the time they're true, so I never know. Some things you hear turn out to be rumors, but in this case I don't think we are (playing more shows). But I honestly haven't been told we're not, so I don't know. We probably would have heard by now if we were."
Although Van Zandt is happy to hit the road whenever Springsteen calls the band to ramp up, he wouldn't mind the timing of road treks becoming more structured: "I wish we would play every year for a certain amount of time, whether it's June-July-August-September. . . Whatever it is. I wish we'd establish a pattern of doing that every single year, and then everybody could have a second life the other months of the year. I'm of the endless, infinite tour philosophy. I wish the touring schedule would never end -- it would just change from year to year, wherever we were."
He was asked about the outcome of the material cut during E Street Band's recent sessions in Australia with Tom Morello, who sat in for him while he was on hiatus from the band, filming his Netflix Lilyhammer series. Van Zandt explained, "Bruce is always cutting things, always writing things and always recording. I've been saying this for 40 years, certainly since Darkness On The Edge Of Town, but he literally always has an album in his pocket. He usually has two of them. What shape that will take, who the group will be, when it will come out, I have no idea. But there'll be new records forever."
Steve Van Zandt told us that Springsteen tends to put the E Street Band through the ringer during the pre-tour rehearsals, using the nightly soundchecks as a form of "refresher course" for the show's more obscure material: "The rehearsals we, were pretty intense, but the soundchecks, we usually go through a song or two that we haven't done, y'know, yet. So we're not necessarily playing it for the first time (laughs) in 20 years, if we can help it, when we get a request, or something. But, it's been a lot of talented people rising to the occasion here. The horns have been terrific, the singers have been terrific. . . And with Bruce, y'know, half of it is like reading his mind, y'know, at this point."
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