Bruce Springsteen has shot down claims that he is set to return for a UK and world tour in 2019.
Speaking to The Times at the weekend, Springsteen described his new record, saying: “For lack of a better word, it’s a singer-songwriter album – more of a solo record.” This album would his first new music release since 2014’s ‘High Hopes’.
Hinting about future touring plans, Springsteen said he will be getting “back to my day job”, with it also claimed that he’d be heading to the UK with the E Street Band “soon” in 2019 – exciting fans, however there was no direct quote attributed to The Boss.
Now, he’s taken to Twitter to reveal his true plans for the year ahead.
“Just a note to quell some of the rumours over here on E Street,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter. “While we hope to be back with you soon, the E Street Band won’t be touring in 2019. Before I go back to my day job, the year will be consumed with a break after our Broadway run and various recording projects I’ve been working on. We do hope to see you soon, and until then, we have some mighty E Streeters out there regularly performing with their own projects who’d love and deserve your support.”
A statement from Bruce Springsteen… pic.twitter.com/bMqCPWmSaW
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) December 5, 2018
This month, Springsteen will release the ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ soundtrack album with performances of 15 of his best-loved songs from throughout his career.
Although the show has mostly followed the same structure and setlist every night, Springsteen has changed things up a little throughout the run. In June, he broke from the setlist to criticise Donald Trump and his “inhumane” immigration policy that saw thousands of children separated from their families. A month later, he surprised fans with an unexpected encore for the first time in the residency.
“When I was a child, and into my teens…I felt like a very, very empty vessel,” he said. “And it wasn’t until I began to fill it up with music that I began to feel my own personal power and my impact on my friends and the small world that I was in.
“I began to get some sense of myself. But it came out of a place of real emptiness.”