Bruce Springsteen has been recording once again with the E Street Band, and guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt hopes the sessions will lead to a new studio album. Van Zandt yesterday (March 12) confi

Bruce Springsteen has been recording once again with the E Street Band, and guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt hopes the sessions will lead to a new studio album. Van Zandt yesterday (March 12) confirmed rumors that Springsteen and the band recently got together to record, telling the Newark Star-Ledger that the group worked on a studio version of "American Skin" and also "fooled around" with some other songs.

"We haven't formally started anything or decided anything. But I'm certainly hoping that some time this year we'll get in (the studio) and do a record," Van Zandt told the paper.

"American Skin" was inspired by the shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, by four New York City police officers. While it received overwhelming public support, controversy around the song caused the New York Police Benevolent Association to call for a boycott of Springsteen's tour-closing run at Madison Square Garden last June.

The track is one of 19 songs on the group's concert album, "Live In New York City," due for release April 3 via Columbia. It will also appear in the companion HBO concert special premiering April 7.

Van Zandt, who also plays mobster Silvio Dante on the HBO series "The Sopranos," said any new album likely would include some other songs the band debuted during its 1999-2000 reunion tour, which include "Code Of Silence" and "Further On Up The Road."

"I would think so, because those songs are very good," he said. "Obviously, Bruce writes a lot, so you never know. Songs do come and go."

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