Steven Van Zandt, a key figure in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, recently made it clear that he doesn’t have plans to collaborate on a new album with Springsteen shortly.
When questioned by a fan on X about the possibility of working on a new project while being involved with Springsteen, Van Zandt’s response was concise:
“Not right now.”
Van Zandt has been tight-lipped about any potential music projects, whether they be solo endeavors or joint efforts with Springsteen and the band.
On the other hand, Bruce Springsteen is rumored to be deep into the creation of his next musical venture, a sequel to ‘Only the Strong Survive,’ which is expected to dive further into the realms of R&B and soul covers. Springsteen’s long-time collaborator, keyboardist David Sancious, teased that this forthcoming album might include up to 18 tracks, showcasing Springsteen’s dedication to exploring and celebrating the rich tapestry of soul music.
There’s speculation that this project could be part of a larger compilation, potentially the next installment of Springsteen’s ‘Tracks’ collection, which he has previously mentioned would feature ‘five unreleased albums’ spanning the late eighties to nineties.
In a statement from November 2022, Springsteen shared his enthusiasm for continuing this musical journey, indicating that the sequel to ‘Only the Strong Survive’ is well underway and that he’s relishing the opportunity to produce a series of albums across various genres that spotlight songs he adores:
“Volume 2, I would say, is probably three-quarters recorded. I continued working in soul music because I was just having so much fun. But I thought of doing a series of these records in a variety of different genres with songs that I love.”