Bruce Springsteen’s single “High Hopes” came out Monday, and fans will be able to buy the album of the rock star’s album of the same name on Jan. 14.
On a Sony Music blog, Springsteen shared his thoughts on the new album,
including the fact that “High Hopes” was originally cut in the 1990s, and then revived with a push from Tom Morello while the E Street Band toured Australia recently.
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“We worked it up in our Aussie rehearsals and Tom then proceeded to burn the house down with it,” Springsteen said on the site. “Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level. Thanks for the inspiration Tom.”
Fans on YouTube listening to “High Hopes” picked up on the fact that much of the upcoming album has been around for a bit, but most didn’t care.
“Seems like the new album will be a weird bastardization of previously recorded tracks, re-releases, outtakes, and a couple true-blood originals. Which is totally fine with me, it'll all sound fantastic,” wrote one fan. “Can't wait to hear more!
“American Skin” and “Ghost of Tom Joad,” Springsteen wrote on the blog, will be familiar from live versions. “I felt they were among the best of my writing and deserved a proper studio recording,” he said. “‘The Wall’ is something I’d played on stage a few times and remains very close to my heart.”
“The Wall” was written after he visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, Springsteen wrote, and was inspired by Walter Cichon, the lead in a local band The Motifs and a former Army soldier.
“He was the first person I ever stood in the presence of who was filled with the mystique of the true rock star. Walter went missing in action in Vietnam in March 1968. He still performs somewhat regularly in my mind, the way he stood, dressed, held the tambourine, the casual cool, the freeness,” Springsteen wrote.
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