NME Festival blog: Is Bruce Springsteen teasing a new solo album?


Bruce Springsteen is seemingly teasing a new album, after a series of mysterious posts emerged on social media.

It began on Monday, when the rock icon’s social media accounts shared what appeared to be an image of a Joshua Tree in the middle of the desert. A similar image appeared only 24 hours later, although the tree appeared to be distorted in the second mysterious photo.

A third photo emerged on Wednesday morning and showed a long road with a horse on the side of it.

While there’s little context to the snaps, Stereogum reports that he’s been teasing a “Grand Canyon music” solo album. They claim that the record is titled ‘Western Stars’ and we can expect the first single before the end of the week.


It’s in keeping with what Springsteen has previously said too – after teasing in late 2018 that country icon Glen Campbell was proving to be a strong influence on his upcoming work.

““That record is influenced by Southern California pop music of the ’70s,” he told Variety .

“Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, those kinds of records. I don’t know if people will hear those influences, but that was what I had in my mind. It gave me something to hook an album around; it gave me some inspiration to write.”

He added: “It’s connected to my solo records writing-wise, more Tunnel of Love and Devils and Dust, but it’s not like them at all.

“Just different characters living their lives.”

The rumours of a new album are lso strengthened by Springsteen’s previous claims that The E Street Band won’t be touring in 2019, as he failed to rule out the prospect of a solo tour.

“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,” he said.

His last release came in 2018’s ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ soundtrack album, which came complete with performances of 15 of his best-loved songs from throughout his career.


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