Speaking with Martin Scorsese yesterday (5 May), Variety reports that Springsteen spoke about having writer's block and not being able to get inspiration on tap, "It’s like I’ve spent about seven years without writing anything for the band. I couldn’t write anything for the band. And I said, "Well, of course … you’ll never be able to do that again!" And it’s a trick every time you do it, you know? But it’s a trick that, because of that fact that you can’t explain, cannot be self-consciously duplicated. It has to come to you in inspiration."

Springsteen's last album with the E Street Band was 2012's Wrecking Ball.

Expanding on his upcoming plans with the band, Springsteen said, "And then about a month or so ago, I wrote almost an album’s worth of material for the band. And it came out of just… I mean, I know where it came from, but at the same time, it just came out of almost nowhere. And it was good, you know. I had about two weeks of those little daily visitations, and it was so nice. It makes you so happy. You go, "Fuck, I’m not fucked, all right? There’ll be another tour!""

Last month Springsteen shared the first single from his forthcoming Western Stars record, "Hello Sunshine".

Speaking about the record, Springsteen said, "This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements. It's a jewel box of a record."

Western Stars lands 14 June via Columbia, and is available to pre-order now.