Bruce Springsteen will release a new single, "High Hopes," as a digital download on November 25th, according to Backstreets.com. "High Hopes" was originally written and recorded by Tim Scott McConnell back in 1987 for his album The High Lonesome Sound, and in 1990, he recut the song with his band the Havalinas. "High Hopes" is familiar to fans, having already been released by the E Street Band on the 1996 EP issued along with the special edition VHS of their reunion sessions, Blood Brothers. The tune marked a rare studio cover for Springsteen, who's best known for recording his own work and leaving the covers for his live shows.
The new version is believed to be recorded earlier this year during the band's sessions in Australia, featuring guitarist Tom Morrello sitting in for Steve Van Zandt, who was in Norway shooting his Lilyhammer Netflix series. Most recently, Springsteen opened his March 16th Brisbane show with his live premiere of "High Hopes."
Tom Morello has been jumping onstage at Springsteen shows for a few years, usually to perform "The Ghost Of Tom Joad," and the 2013 Down Under leg was the first time he was playing full three-hour shows as part of the E Street Band. He told us a while back how playing with "The Boss" changed his own style of performance: "It really made me realize I can keep the integrity of the solo performance intact, and still shred my ass off. And bring the thing which I do best, which is, y'know, play wild, electric guitar, and have that all be in one evening."
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