Hope: It's going to be extraordinarily difficult for Springsteen ever to release new material on par with his work from 1973 to 1987, but after a rather dismal 1990s, Springsteen released some stellar work in the 2000s. His live shows were even more impressive. Very little is known about his next record, but we're quite anxious to hear it. The sight of a Clarence Clemons-free E Street Band will be sad, but the music has to carry on and a rocking tour is surely the best way to honor his memory. We have little doubt this will be a sensational tour.
Fear: Springsteen raised the bar ludicrously high on the 2009 Working On A Dream Tour. He played his six best albums straight through, and pretty much every other song in his extensive catalog along with a very generous helping of covers. We're worried he can't possibly top that, especially without his longtime onstage foil Clarence Clemons.