Bruce Springsteen is teasing something (a new album?)
UPDATE: New album announced!
Bruce Springsteen‘s social media accounts have uncharacteristically been posting a series of beautiful Instagram-style nature photos over the past 3 days. Here they are:
The unexplained desert scenes predictably have The Boss’ many fans going crazy, with many theorizing that a new album announcement is imminent, and some experts may have found clues that get even more specific. Two such experts — both well known in the Bruuuuuuuuuce community — are author and ex-NJ.com Springsteen blogger Stan Goldstein and Rolling Stone writer Brian Hiatt who recently published the book Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind the Songs. Check out some of their tweets:
The “coincidence” definitely did strike me!
— Brian Hiatt (@hiattb) April 23, 2019
@hiattb Could this be a clue in your book on Springsteen's new release? Page 258: "The Wrecking Ball songs arrived in the wake of another, less visceral, more orchestral set of tracks ("Grand Canyon music," as Springsteen described the still-unreleased project to one musician)."
— Stan Goldstein (@Stan_Goldstein) April 23, 2019
As Stan points out, a musician in my book says that Springsteen described his long-in-the-works solo album as “Grand Canyon music” https://t.co/NkzYxKDx2p
— Brian Hiatt (@hiattb) April 24, 2019
— Stan Goldstein (@Stan_Goldstein) April 24, 2019
NJ.com is also in on the speculation game:
…the [Instagrams do] come after rumors began to circulate in Europe last week, with supposed Springsteen insiders from Italy claiming a new single was coming April 26 and a new album would follow in June. Now, that’s all currently unsubstantiated, but Springsteen did say in December that in 2019 he’d be taking a break from touring to focus on “various recording projects I’ve been working on.”
This is also the longest gap between Springsteen albums; his last record, “High Hopes,” was released in 2014.
Is a new Bruce album being announced soon? Is it called “Western Stars” (another rumor)? Will it be orchestral? Sound like the Grand Canyon? Is Bruce just trying to share some pretty vacation pics with us? We don’t know! But we’ll keep you posted.
MEANWHILE, The Asbury Park Music & Film Fest kicks off this week with a lineup that includes a screening of the movie Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘n’ Roll at The Paramount Theatre on April 28 with a Q&A to follow.
As part of the documentary, Springsteen reunites with his earliest band members to play a now legendary concert to a sold out Paramount Theatre and to trade guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury, a group of 11 year old rockers who prove the best days for the town must just lie ahead.
You can also check out Bruce Springsteen’s recent Broadway show on Netflix.