When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band go on the road, they usually like to give fans a big helping of their latest album during their live set. And this time, guitarist Steven Van Zandt expects the set to be no different. He says the band will play plenty of tunes from Working On A Dream when the tour opens on Wednesday night in San Jose.
"We usually want to get the new album in," the guitarist told Billboard.com while in Austin, TX for the SXSW festival. "We usually play more of our new record than most groups do, and our audiences are used to it and they really like it, which is a wonderful thing. So we'll probably go out and do half the record, like we usually do."
Van Zandt named "Lucky Day" as a big crowd pleaser, and he said that "Surprise Surprise" has been fun to play. "'(Kingdom of) Days' was coming out really great... They're all sounding great," he said. "It's just a matter of seeing where (Springsteen) wants to go theme-wise... and we fit the rest of the show around it, more or less."
Van Zandt added that he does expect the group to play more shows than the currently announced North American and European dates. "I would think there's a bit more than that," he predicted. "I gotta believe we're gonna (tour) until at least Thanksgiving or Christmas, somehow, somewhere. I hope so. I hope we take a month off and then go back out."
As of now, the U.S. leg of the tour is scheduled to run through two hometown shows in East Rutherford, NJ on May 21 and 23, then head to Europe starting May 30 in Holland. The European leg is booked until August 2 in Santiago, Spain. As previously reported, Van Zandt is also celebrating the 7th anniversary of his radio show, Little Steven's Underground Garage.