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E Street Band’s Roy Bittan Doesn’t Know Bruce Springsteen’s Future Plans

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It seems that for the last few years, every January, we’ve been getting information on a new album and tour from Bruce Springsteen. But his camp has been quiet so far in 2015, and apparently even E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan doesn’t know what’s going on.

In a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone that touches on all phases of his 40-year career with Springsteen, Bittan said, “You know, there’s always some plans in the mix. But until he says, ‘The album is done, let’s go,’ I don’t ever really know. It’s kind of been that way for 40 years. I just go along with it and read the river, pardon the pun, and I’m sure at some point he’s gonna say, ‘OK, this is what I want to do,’ and it’ll happen. But until then, it’s just as much a waiting game for me as it is for the fans.”

Bittan admitted that he was dodging the question to an extent, but also admitted “Well, that happens to be the truth, so take it.” Still, he does seem to inadvertently hint that a new album is in the works.

Since the Concert for Valor in November, Springsteen has made two public performances, filling in for Bono at the World AIDS Day concert in December and his semi-regular “surprise guest” appearance at the Light of Day Festival in Asbury Park last weekend.

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