Before heading out on tour with the E-Street Band, Bruce Springsteen revealed he has a little something he’s working on: a new solo project.
During an appearance on SiriusXM’s E-Street Radio, The Boss discussed his upcoming The River tour, a 24-date tour starting Jan. 16 to celebrate the 35th anniversary box set of his 1980 double album. In the midst of talking about playing with the E-Street band, he slipped in he’s been working on “more of a solo project,” likely similar to Devils & Dust of 2005.
“It wasn’t a project I was going to probably take the band out on. So I said, ‘Gee, that’s going to push the band playing again until a ways in the future,'” he said. “It’ll be nice to get some playing in so you don’t wind up being two or three years between E-Street tours. This will give us a chance to get out there and stretch our muscles a little bit.”
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The band last toured in 2014 for High Hopes, the band’s 18th album. They almost didn’t hit the road for The River‘s reissue, but Springsteen details how they eased into it; it didn’t sound like his arm was pulled.
“We made the box set and there was no plan to tour. Then we felt, ‘Maybe we should do a show just to raise the flag and have some fun and make it a little more exciting.’ I said. ‘Okay, maybe we’ll do a show in New York,'” he shared. “Then that went quick to, ‘Maybe we should do a couple of shows.’ Then it turns into, ‘Maybe we should do a small series of shows, basically one-nighters, with maybe a little bit around the country.'”
Hear Springsteen’s full interview above.