But now, as autumn has quietly come and gone and we’re two months into 2020, prospects of a new monster roadshow with The Boss and his band seem to be diminishing.
In a Wednesday interview with SiriusXM’s E Street Radio, as reported by the Asbury Park Press, E Street guitarist Steven Van Zandt reportedly said: “Let’s just say I thought I was going to be busier than I am,” regarding his upcoming plans. “So at the moment, 2020 seems to have opened up.”
While Little Steven’s cryptic response doesn’t automatically erase what Springsteen said last year, it certainly isn’t good news for fans who haven’t seen Bruce play a full-band U.S. tour since summer 2016.
After the interview aired Wednesday, a fan pressed Van Zandt on the tour via Twitter, and the rocker walked back a little, responding: “We don’t know for sure either way. When Bruce wants to announce something he will. Meanwhile we should all walk our dogs and enjoy life!”
It’s also disconcerting that beyond a handful of vague Instagram posts from Springsteen producer Ron Aniello over the last few months — which show a few instruments and E Street keyboardist Charles Giordano playing for a moment, with all posts tagged to Colts Neck or Monmouth County aka Springsteen’s home studio — there’s been no news on what would be the first full-band album since 2014′s “High Hopes.”
It seems unlikely, based on what Springsteen has said, that a tour will happen before the album is scheduled for release, and there’s no word on when that album might be finished.
Not all hope is lost, however; it’s still within the realm of possibility that an album could be announced for summer or fall and the band begins an arena tour in the winter before blowing it out for stadiums next year, akin to 2016′s lengthy “The River” 35th anniversary tour.
But as for warm-weather MetLife Stadium shows in 2020, the clock is most certainly ticking.
Springsteen, 70, played his longest electric set in over a year last month at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, as he jammed a surprise performance during the Light of Day Foundation’s annual WinterFest.