Bruce Springsteen Is Releasing 'American Beauty' EP Today
Coming out today (Saturday, April 19th) in commemoration of Record Store Day is Bruce Springsteen's new American Beauty vinyl EP. Springsteen recently spoke about the set -- which so far, has no digital or CD release date -- telling Rolling Stone: "It's got some nice things on it. This is material from the past decade. Some were demos that I never cut. I believe 'American Beauty' was a demo I made that I didn't end up cutting with Brendan (O'Brien). I believe 'Hurry Up Sundown' was the same thing. The other two songs, one was cut for maybe Magic or Working On A Dream and they're just good music that didn't get onto this record, and was sitting there. I thought it's a nice time to support the record stores, which are dwindling and get some new music out at the same time."
Back in 2010, Springsteen issued the vinyl single "Wrecking Ball" backed with a live version of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" featuring Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello. Although both songs have been previously available as digital downloads, the 10-inch single was only available at independent record stores on Record Store Day.
Backstage at the E Street Band's recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Steve Van Zandt explained that Springsteen was able to understand exactly how each member would ultimately be able to serve him and his music: "Bruce handpicked the band himself, one guy at a time, y’know? And it was his band and we existed for him and to realize his vision, as I said. And he picked guys who could handle a wide variety of things and could basically follow orders (laughs), okay? We had, y’know, a really fast ability to learn. Every one of us, y'know, there was a lot of spontaneity going on in the show -- a lot."
April 19 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
April 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
April 24 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
April 26 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre At Lakewood
April 29 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
May 1 - Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 3 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Fairgrounds Racecourse
May 6 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 13 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
May 14 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
May 17, 18 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Photo Courtesy of Danny Clinch