UPDATED 6:45 a.m.: Bruce Springsteen announced details Thursday morning of his 17th studio album, "Wrecking Ball," to be released March 6. The album will feature 11 new songs (13 in a special edition) produced by Ron Aniello.
No extra tour dates were announced -- Springsteen with the E Street Band has concerts scheduled in Europe through July -- but a source within the Chicago Cubs told the Sun-Times late Wednesday that the Boss is tentatively scheduled to perform at Wrigley Field in September.
A Springsteen concert at Wrigley is already posted on some ticket scalper sites with a date of Sept. 8, though no actual tickets are on offer.
Wednesday afternoon, however, Vice President of Ballpark Operations Carl Rice said he could not confirm any concert agreement in place for September.
The first single from "Wrecking Ball" is available Thursday. "We Take Care of Our Own" is a moderate driving stomp that lists all the points on the map swelling with a mythical American pride and protection, including Chicago.
Listen to it here ...
"Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life," long-time manager and executive producer Jon Landau said in Thursday's announcement. "The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative in recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on 'Wrecking Ball.'"
Rolling Stone reports the record includes E Street members, as well as Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain.
Two E Street Band members have died in recent years: Danny Federici in 2008 and legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons last year.
Springsteen is scheduled to deliver the keynote address March 15 at the annual South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas.
A Springsteen show would make the second concert at Wrigley this summer. Roger Waters announced earlier a June 8 performance of "The Wall."