Bruce Springsteen did his first interview since the pandemic started, calling in to the E Street Radio channel of SiriusXM satellite radio “to check in on you guys and all our friends and fans out there. I’m hoping everybody’s well and staying safe,” he said. (You can listen to the entire interview below).
He and host Jim Rotolo talked about the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund video — featuring Springsteen, Bon Jovi and others — that came out earlier this week. Springsteen called it “a nice thing that Tammy Murphy, the governor’s wife, is coordinating. And it’s gonna help the state. A lot of people can give it a hand, you know. I mean, there’s so many problems with everyone being overwhelmed, and the facilities being overwhelmed already. We don’t know where we are in the whole thing. How much longer it’s going to go, how much worse it’s going to get. So there’s something there that people can get involved with, if they’d like to.”
Donations can be made at njprf.org.
Springsteen said he’s “very worried” about friends such as Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Jackson Browne, who have been diagnosed as having the coronavirus. “I spoke with (Browne) a little bit and he seems to be doing all right at the moment,” said Springsteen. “‘I’m just wishing him well, and a lot of love.”
Asked if he’s talked to members of the E Street Band, he said, “I talk to Steve (Van Zandt) quite a bit, which is always a source of great entertainment. So he keeps my spirits up.”
He also said he and his wife Patti Scialfa (who also spoke briefly during the interview) “are hanging out a lot together … we’re actually have a good time together. We’re on the farm, so, you know, we have our horses here, and we get to spend a little time with them. That’s been nice.”
He also said he’s been working on new music. “I try to keep my day as full as possible, and to keep myself from going completely cabin-fever crazy.”
He said the new music “is going well, and hopefully it keeps going well.” He also said “I have no predictions on it yet,” meaning he can’t say when it will be ready to be released.
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