ruce Springsteen's fans have Tom Morello to thank for getting the ball rolling on The Boss's highly-anticipated new album, High Hopes.
While he was in Australia filling in for Stevie Van Zandt in the E Street Band, the Rage Against the Machine guitarist suggested that Springsteen use “High Hopes,” a song from an old EP, on the tour.
Not only did Springsteen take the suggestion, but he was also inspired to create a new album with help from his friend, Rolling Stone reports.
The record is a departure for him, as it consists solely of “covers, outtakes and radically reimagined versions of fan-favorite songs from past albums and tours.”
Morello lends his guitar skills on six of the songs, including new versions of both the title track and one of his favorite Springsteen tracks, “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”
Along with an updated take on “American Skin (41 Shots),” High Hopes features songs originally intended for his 2002 album The Rising.
“The best way to describe this record is that it’s a bit of an anomaly,” Springsteen tells Rolling Stone. “But not much. I don’t really work linearly like a lot of people do.”
As for U.S. tour dates in 2014, Springsteen warns fans not to get their hopes up, but it’s still a possibility.
“I don’t want to say ‘yes’ because I don’t want to disappoint people, but I certainly don’t want to rule it out either,” he said. “We’re looking closely since there’s places we missed on the last tour. We didn’t get to Texas, where I play. We didn’t get to Florida either. It might be fun to get back to some of those places.”
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