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Starting in January, the E Street Band is headed to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Will there be a new Springsteen album next year?
Clemons avoided a direct answer: “That man is capable of enormous amounts of creativity. He’s recorded probably 100 years’ worth of music. We’ll see what he has. The band’s always working and focused on the moment. I have two people to answer to — the man upstairs and the Boss.”
But he’s squeezing in a few gigs with his own band — August marked their first show in two years — as well as the release of his second EP.
“It’s called ‘Embracing Light’ It’s about hope in the present and leaving the past behind. It uses horns and it’s got an overdriven rock ’n’ roll feel to it. It has my heavier influences, somewhere between classic American rock and Brit rock.”
Clemons has had the Minneapolis gig circled on his itinerary for two reasons.
“I’m a huge fan of Garland Jeffreys,” he said. “It’s a cool thing to be on the same bill with him. It’s a skipping stone in the ponds to the legends.”
The other reason?
“I’m anxious to get in front of Minnesota Nice.”
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