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Tom Morello to Replace Steven Van Zandt on Bruce Springsteen’s Australia Tour

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This summer it was suggested that Bruce Springsteen may have to be without Steven Van Zandt for dates in 2013 due to the guitarist’s previous acting commitments. Today, Springsteen announced that Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine will take over for Van Zandt when Springsteen tours Australia in March.

Morello appeared on two tracks on Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ album and has sat in with the E Street Band on many occasions over the past five years, including an appearance on NBC’s ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon‘ and two nights at Wrigley Field in Morello’s hometown of Chicago. Morello will also honor Springsteen at the 2013 MusiCares benefit next month. The lineup also includes Sting, Jackson Browne and gospel/soul legend Mavis Staples.

Van Zandt will be in Norway filming the second season of ‘Lillyhammer,’ in which he stars as an American mobster living in Norway. He will re-join the E Street Band when the band begins its European tour on April 29 in – not coincidentally – Oslo.

This will mark the second time Van Zandt has left the E Street Band since joining in 1975. In 1984, he quit during the recording of ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ for a solo career and was replaced by Nils Lofgren. Van Zandt rejoined the band when Springsteen re-formed the group in 1995 for the recording of new songs for the ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation.

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