E-Street Band Reunion Looks Likely

May 1, 2007 2:25 PM ET

Is Bruce Springsteen gearing up for a fall tour with the E Street Band? A few weeks ago Howard Stern cohorts Artie Lange and Gary Dell'Abate said that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told them he was in talks with Bruce's people about booking him at Gillette Stadium later this year. Take that third hand information for what's its worth, but last week a Canadian newspaper (only click if you speak French) reported that Springsteen's people are negotiating to book him at the Belle Centre in Montreal sometime in the fall. Combine that with fan reports that Bruce has been working on new material with various E-Streeters down in Atlanta (where he recorded 2002's The Rising and 2005's Devils and Dust) and you've got yourself a nice rumor. Bruce has been known to abandon projects before they reach fruition so be sure don't book any travel quite yet. In other Springsteen news, he played his annual private show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park to benefit the Ranney School in Tinton Falls New Jersey. Backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band, Bruce played such rare tracks as such as "Cover Me," "Man's Job," and "From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)." Tickets cost $3,000 and were only available to parents whose children attend the school. Bruce also dueted with Southside Johnny on two tracks, who had a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo on The Sopranos last night playing harmonica in Nancy Sinatra's band.

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