UPDATED: Contrary to a prior report, Bruce Springsteen will not be performing on E Street Radio Wednesday — he will be guest-DJing.
Since he can’t pop into the Stone Pony to play a surprise set, Bruce Springsteen will be DJing music he’s been listening to while under quarantine, including songs by Sam Cook, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams and others. “I am here to wish you well and to play you some songs that kind of work with the times that we’re living through,” he said on the SiriusXM channel.
The show will broadcast on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio on Wednesday (April 8) at 10 a.m. ET, according to Rolling Stone.
“Bruce will be playing songs and sharing thoughts about the times we live in,” confirmed E Street Radio host Jim Rotolo on Twitter.
Springsteen recently spoke up for the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund along with Jon Bon Jovi, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg and others. “These are uncertain times,” he said in the charity’s video. “What is for certain is the pain, the fear and the real needs of many of our neighbors, our friends, and certainly all of those who are on the front lines of this pandemic.”
Springsteen had planned on releasing an album and touring with the E Street Band in 2020, but those plans seem to have been at the very least delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. He surprised fans last year by dropping the news into a Q&A with filmmaker Martin Scorsese about the concert film “Springsteen on Broadway,” from his long residency in New York.
“It’s like I’ve spent about seven years without writing anything for the band,” Springsteen continued. “I couldn’t write anything for the band. And I said, ‘Well, of course … you’ll never be able to do that again!’ And it’s a trick every time you do it, you know? But it’s a trick that, because of that fact that you can’t explain, cannot be self-consciously duplicated. It has to come to you in inspiration.
“And then about a month or so ago, I wrote almost an album’s worth of material for the band. And it came out of just… I mean, I know where it came from, but at the same time, it just came out of almost nowhere. And it was good, you know. I had about two weeks of those little daily visitations, and it was so nice.” He laughed out loud at the memory. “It makes you so happy. You go, ‘F—, I’m not f—ed, all right? There’ll be another tour!”