Steve Van Zandt to Usher in a “Summer of Sorcery’: New Album, Album Release in Asbury Park AND a Hologram: Bring It! (Hear New Song Below)
Who knew E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt was a wizard in his spare time?
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will appear through a little black magic as a hologram at Newark International Airport on April 1, according to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
The hologram will be seen in all its glory in the hall’s permanent space at the American Dream mall in East Rutherford when it opens next year. You can watch it on the Hall’s Facebook page HERE.
In other news Van Zandt has another trick up his sleeve: another album with The Disciples of Soul. The record, titled Summer of Sorcery, is “uniquely me,” Van Zandt says in a release. Musically, Van Zandt draws from the rock and soul wellspring of James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke and even Tito Puente.
The concept, he says, captures “that first rush of summer and “the electricity of that feeling of unlimited possibilities. Of falling in love with the world for the first time. ”
“Obviously, there are occasional personal references, and a bit of what’s going on socially scattered throughout, but I achieved what I set out to do. I created a collection of fictional movies scenes that feel like summer. I’m quite proud of it,” he continues.
The record is the follow-up to the 2017 release, Soulfire, an album that featured songs written by Van Zandt but recorded by other artists. This album will be his first full length of brand new music since 1999’s Born Again Savage.
To celebrate the album’s May 3 release date, Van Zandt is having a party–so to speak–May 8 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. Shortly after, the Disciples of Soul will depart on its “Summer of Sorcery” tour.
Want a taste of the new record? Steve just dropped a song about his “Superfly Terraplane.” This is a DRIVING song! The horns, the background singers, the guitars, the scorching lead, the “Red River Rock” pianos? It’s all here, and it’s just as magical as a summer day (complete with a mid-section that sounds like a conquistador doing battle with a bull), and some blue-ish lyrics about his “candle apple, fuel injected…Superfly Terraplane.” If this doesn’t make you smile, we don’t know what will! Bring on The SUMMER OF SORCERY!
Here is the track list:
The following songs will be on the album:
“A World of Our Own”
“Soul Power Twist”
“I Visit the Blues”
“Summer of Sorcery”
Preorders available HERE.