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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will likely be hitting the road in 2022, according to E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt.

Van Zandt appeared on a new episode of the Talking Sopranos podcast, which is hosted by Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa. When asked about hitting the road again with the E Street Band, Van Zandt said, “I think probably 2022. That’s what it feels like right now. 2021 is still a little up in the air with this new South African variant and all of this stupid s—.”

Van Zandt added, “It’s a little hard to predict what the hell is going to happen here. So I think 2022, I hope, is a safer bet.”

Even back in September 2020, Springsteen, himself, estimated he wouldn’t be touring again until 2022. The Boss told Rolling Stone at that time if it weren’t for the coronavirus pandemic, his tour with the E Street Band in support of their album Letter to You 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.”

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