- 11 Jun 21
“Looks like the cat’s out of the bag,” The Killers tweeted of the Springsteen venture, sharing artwork for 'Dustland'.
A month after teasing a new album in the works with the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen has now confirmed that the outfit have lined up a Killers collaboration and 2022 tour.
During a conversation with SiriusXM’s E Street Radio hosts Dave Marsh and Jim Rotolo, Springsteen commented on his upcoming return to Broadway but let some major news slip.
“My manager Jon Landau mentioned it to me,” Springsteen said, of reviving the Broadway show. “I knew we were going to tour with the band next year, so I said, ‘Maybe I’ll take the time off.’”
The upcoming tour will mark Springsteen’s first time on the road with his perennial backing band since 'The River Tour' ended in 2017.
Elsewhere in the SiriusXM interview, Bruce mentioned a collaboration with The Killers as early as next week.
“It’s Brandon and I with the band,” he said. “We have done something that is going to come out soon, in a week or so.”
The Killers later tweeted about the news: “Looks like the cat’s out of the bag,” they wrote, sharing 'Dustland' artwork.
“When The Boss decides it’s time to make an announcement, it’s time to make an announcement.”
Looks like the cat’s out of the bag. When The Boss decides it’s time to make an announcement, it’s time to make an announcement. pic.twitter.com/0ltbHfwdpG
— The Killers (@thekillers) June 10, 2021
Springsteen went on to say he’s “been staying busy,” and that full schedule includes work with his old pal John Mellencamp. “I worked on three songs on John’s album and I spent some time in Indiana with him,” Springsteen said. “I love John a lot. He’s a great songwriter and I have become very close and had a lot of fun with him. I sang a little bit on his record.”
According to his website, Mellencamp already has ten tracks curated for his 25th LP “and plans to record another 17 for the project.”
Springsteen on Broadway originally ran for 236 shows from 2017 to 2018, and will be revived for a limited summer 2021 run at Jujamcyn’s St. James Theatre.
Shows are currently set to begin June 26th and end September 4th, and tickets are on sale as of today.
On his return to the stage, Springsteen said he hopes to “tighten the show up a little bit, if anything":
“I have a script. I haven’t looked at it and I haven’t done any rehearsing. The truth is, I didn’t much rehearse it the first time. My recollection was we played a few dress rehearsals and I played it once here down at Monmouth College, but that was all I did. It’s not something you can really stand there and talk to yourself in the afternoon."
"I am not going to tell myself those same stories," the musician added. "Part of it is there is an element of spontaneity, even if the script is relatively fixed. I got it set up for Monday, I am going to start re-freshening up the script and going through it again and see if I am going to make any changes, some small changes or not. It’s pretty much going to be the same show that it was because I think it’s what people expect and that is what I have.”
Take a listen to the conversation on SiriusXM below: