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Bruce Springsteen will be dropping his new album, Letter to You, next month, and usually with a new album comes a big tour. Of course, that’s not going to be the case this year, but The Boss doesn’t see him hitting the road anytime soon either.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Springsteen says if it weren’t for the coronavirus pandemic, his tour with the E Street Band in support of this album would’ve started in the spring of 2021.

“My antenna tells me, at best, 2022. And I would consider the concert industry lucky if it happens then.… I’m going to consider myself lucky if I lose just a year of touring life,” said Springsteen. “Once you hit 70, there’s a finite amount of tours and a finite amount of years that you have. And so you lose one or two, that’s not so great. Particularly because I feel the band is capable of playing at the very, very, very top, or better than, of its game right now. And I feel as vital as I’ve ever felt in my life.… It’s not being able to do something that is a fundamental life force, something I’ve lived for since I was 16 years old.”

As for the possibility of playing some sort of livestream show in honor of the album, Springsteen doesn’t seem too keen on that either, despite playing two different livestream benefit gigs earlier this year.

“It’s always fun,” said Springsteen. “But it was very strange to put yourself in a room with a band and then stop. So it’s not something I’d want to make a career out of.”

Letter to You is due out October 23 and is currently available for pre-order digitally here. Exclusive merch and vinyl pressings can be found at BruceSpringsteenStore.com.

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