Bruce Springsteen will be swinging a "Wrecking Ball" this spring.
The New Jersey rocker has announced a March 6 release date for his 17th album, an 11-song set produced by Springsteen and pop hitmaker Ron Aniello, who also produced "Play It as it Lays," the 2007 album by Springsteen's wife Patti Scialfa, and containing studio versions of two songs -- the title track and "Land of Hope and Dreams" -- that became Springsteen concert staples during the last decade.
The set's first single, an anthemic, socio-political rocker called "We Take Care of Our Own," is streaming at www.brucespringsteen.net and has gone on sale at digital outlets. A deluxe edition of "Wrecking Ball" will add two more songs and special artwork and packaging.
Springsteen is slated to deliver the keynote speech at the South By Southwest Music + Media Conference on March 15 in Austin, Texas, and begins a European tour on May 13 in Seville, Spain. Dates for a spring North American tour are expected to be unveiled soon.
The full track listing for "Wrecking Ball" includes: "We Take Care of Our Own," "Easy Money," "Shackled and Drawn," "Jack of All Trades," "Death to My Hometown," "This Depression," "Wrecking Ball," "You've Got It," "Rocky Ground," "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "We Are Alive."
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