As he has with his past two releases -- 2012's Wrecking Ball and 2010's The Promise; Bruce Springsteen returned to NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to premiere material from his new High Hopes collection. Once again, Springsteen portrayed one of his "former selves" by dressing up with Jimmy Fallon as the mid-'80s Born In The U.S.A.-era Springsteen to perform the "Born To Run" parody, "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam."
"The Boss" -- along with the E Street Band and Tom Morello -- once again filling in for Steve Van Zandt, who's busy filming his Netflix series Lilyhammer -- stormed through two tracks off the new set; the title track and "Heavens Wall." Although not aired, Springsteen and the band went on to perform his new cover of the Saints' "Just Like Fire Would" for the studio audience.
Springsteen and the E Street Band will appear at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest, taking the stage for their first North American concert of the year on May 3rd. Other headliners include, Eric Clapton, Santana, Robert Plant and Sensational Space Shifters, John Fogerty, Boz Scaggs, Phish, Johnny Winter, and many others. For more info, log on to: http://lineup.nojazzfest.com/
Bruce Springsteen was asked how he accounts for the steady stream of new converts with every new album and tour: "We sort of skipped a generation somewhere in there, and then the last tour, we noticed a large influx of young people. I think for probably the same reasons that I went to check out, y'know, not just the (Rolling) Stones, but Chuck Berry, or the guys that came a generation or two before my age group. But I also think today. . . there was a time when music was intensely factionalized, it was very hard along generational lines, and I think -- it might have something to do with the Internet or some other things -- that people are just taking their music where they find it."