Drummer and bandleader Max Weinberg will take a leave of absence from NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" to hit the road again with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Drummer and bandleader Max Weinberg will take a leave of absence from NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" to hit the road again with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. As previously reported, the tour will open Aug. 7 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., and will stretch into next year.

Jimmy Vivino, guitarist for the Max Weinberg Seven, will be the bandleader after Weinberg begins his hiatus on July 19. James Wormworth will sit in on drums. Weinberg has been a member of the E Street Band since 1974. He took a previous leave from O'Brien's show for Springsteen's reunion tour in 1999-2000.

That break began with Springsteen making a performance appearance on "Late Night." This time around, however, Springsteen and Weinberg will perform together on a competing network's nighttime variety show. The Boss and the E Street Band are booked to appear Aug. 1 on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman." That appearance will come the day after Columbia releases Springsteen's latest album, "The Rising," and the group's appearance on NBC's "Today."

The material that makes up "The Rising" was influenced by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., according to the artist, who was affected by the heroes that emerged among police officers and firefighters.

"I felt that I saw nobility in people," Springsteen told The New York Times in yesterday's (July 14) editions. "Not the kind you read in the story books, but the kind where people go in to work every day, they come home every day and dinner's on the table every day... These are the people that I want to write about.

"After the 11th, I think one of the things people were shocked at was that that was alive in some fashion. I think that we live in a particular pop culture moment, that there's a theater of humiliation on TV and on the radio, a reflection of self-loathing. I don't think anyone could imagine these sacrifices."


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