New Jersey's favorite son and American hero Bruce Springsteen will perform at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 29. Springsteen's busy 2012 includes a full slate of U.S. tour dates (to be announced soon) and a new album — Springsteen also will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 South By Southwest festival. The Boss last performed in New Orleans at the 2006 Jazz Fest, the first following Hurricane Katrina, delivering a two-hour set closing with "When the Saints Go Marching In."
He kept busy since then. He dropped two LPs, and 2010 saw the superb reissue of 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town, paired with The Promise, which would be a crime to call an "outtakes" album despite it coming from Springsteen's mammoth Darkness sessions.
At the close of 2011, Springsteen announced he'll release Wrecking Ball, his first effort since 2009's Working on a Dream and the first without longtime buddy and E-Street Band saxophone wizard Clarence Clemons, who died last June following complications from a stroke. Wrecking Ball will be released March 6.
Below, the album's first single, "We Take Care of Our Own," a rally cry for the powerless, with Springsteen's signature jangling guitar cascades and a driving E-Street backbone, as the Boss hails "from Chicago to New Orleans, from the muscle to the bone, from the shotgun shack to the Superdome":