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Springsteen, band do ‘Magic’

Group to release first album in five years

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will release their first album in five years on Oct. 2.

“Magic,” the Boss’ first album with his E Street Band since the Sept. 11-inspired “The Rising,” marks Springsteen’s return to rock ‘n’ roll after two acoustic-based efforts, “Devils & Dust” and “The Seeger Sessions.”

Another baby boomer favorite, the Eagles, have announced a release date and distributor for their first studio album of all new songs in 28 years. Mercury Nashville/Lost Highway will release “Long Road Out of Eden” (ERC) beginning Oct. 30. Disc will initially be available only at Wal-Mart stores.

The first single, “How Long,” was sent to radio Thursday and will be available for download Monday at walmart.com, samsclub.com and eaglesband.com.

For “Magic,” recorded over two months in Atlanta, Springsteen again used producer Brendan O’Brien, who produced “The Rising” and “Devils & Dust.” Springsteen reunited with the full E Street Band: guitarists Steve Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren, bassist Garry Tallent, drummer Max Weinberg, keyboardists Danny Federici and Roy Bittan, saxophonist Clarence Clemons, violinist Soozie Tyrell and vocalist Patti Scialfa.

First single will be “Radio Nowhere.” Only one of the disc’s 11 tracks has been performed in front of an audience: “Long Walk Home,” which made it into a setlist on Springsteen’s “Seeger Sessions” tour.

“The Rising” has sold 2.1 million copies, and the tour that followed its release generated a gross of more than $180 million even though Springsteen kept ticket prices under $90 a seat.

A tour is expected to begin in early October. Springsteen will be promoting the album with TV talkshow appearances.

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