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December, 10

Bruce Springsteen working on solo LP

Bruce Springsteen is working on a solo album without his E Street Band.

The 66-year-old rocker has hinted that his new record will mean he won't be taking his infamous backing group on the road with him.

He said: "The project I've been working on is more of a solo project. It wasn't a project I was going to probably take the band out on. So I said, 'Gee, that's going to push the band playing again until way in the future.' It'll be nice to get some playing in so you don't wind up being two or three years between E Street tours. This will give us a chance to get out there and stretch our muscles a little bit."

The 'Born in the U.S.A' hitmaker's last solo effort, without the E Street Band, was 2005's 'Devils & Dust', which debuted at number one in the US Billboard Chart 200.

Meanwhile the guitar god also revealed he hadn't originally planned a full tour for his 'The River Tour' that is now a staggering 24 dates.

Explaining how it came about, he told radio station SiriusXM: "We made the box set and there was no plan to tour, then we felt, 'Maybe we should do a show just to raise the flag and have some fun and make it a little more exciting.' I said. 'Okay, maybe we'll do a show in New York.' Then that went quick to, 'Maybe we should do a couple of shows.' Then it turns into, 'Maybe we should do a small series of shows, basically one-nighters, with maybe a little bit around the country."

Springsteen's North American 'The River Tour' kicks off in Pittsburgh on January 16 and ends in Los Angeles on March 17.

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