A busy January for Bruce Springsteen

If you can’t wait for NPR to debut the new songs off the new Bruce Springsteen album, you can now hear samples of each one of the new songs at brucespringsteen.net. NPR will debut songs from the album starting Jan. 19th (at 11:59 p.m. ET). However, the album has been on the internet for a few days now. Several newspapers worlwide have used this leak to do advance reviews of the album.

There’s rumours that the The Miami Horns might join Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at the Super Bowl performance on Feb.1st. A hint of what the tour will bring? A new tour is expected to be announced right after Bruce’s Super Bowl appearance.

Meanwhile Bruce (without the E Street Band) has been confirmed to perform at the Obama Inauguration event on Sunday Jan. 18th.

«We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial» will also feature a back up band (with Kenny Aronoff on drums) and a long list of artists including Bono, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Sheryl Crow, Garth Brooks, Shakira and Shane Fontayne (who was Bruce’s guitar sideman on the 1992/93 tour). The show will be televised by HBO in the USA (you can also watch in at hbo.com). Make sure to tune in between 2.30 pm and 9 pm ET. The Woody Guthrie Foundation claims Bruce will be perform «This Land is Your Land» with The Inaugural Celebration Chorus on Sunday.

Esquire magazine has finalize published in their website their Aug.2008 interview with Steve Van Zandt, with many interesting answers from Stevie.

Beginning Jan.27th Bruce will enter the videogames world thru the «Guitar Hero World Tour» game. Two of his songs («Born to run» and «My Lucky Day») will be available as free downloads for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii versions of the game from January 27 through February 4.

And last but not least, Jan.22 will probably see «The Wrestler» being nominated for an Oscar award. The nominations will be announced at 5:30 a.m. PT.

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