The E-Street legend and his band will be hitting the UK in May.
Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul have announced the release of their eagerly awaited new album. Summer of Sorcery, the legendary rock ‘n’ rollers first album of new material, arrives 3 May via Wicked Cool/UMe.
The album will be released on CD, digitally and on vinyl as double LP on 180-gram black vinyl. A limited edition version will be available as a double LP on 180-gram psychedelic swirl vinyl exclusively via uDiscover. All digital pre-orders will be joined by an instant grat download of the LP’s jet-fueled first track release, Superfly Terraplane.
Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul will celebrate Summer of Sorcery with a wide-ranging world tour, beginning 16 May at Liverpool’s O2 Academy and then making headline stops across the United Kingdom, before heading into Europe and the rest of the world.
“My first five albums in the ‘80s were both very personal, and very political,” explains Little Steven aka Steven Van Zandt. “I wanted the new material to be more fictionalised. The way records were when I grew up. Before it was an artform. The concept was capturing and communicating that first rush of summer. 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.”
Summer of Sorcery, which arrives just two years after Little Steven’s acclaimed 2017’s solo return, Soulfire, and its 2018 live follow-up, Soulfire Live – was written, arranged, and produced by Van Zandt at his own Renegade Studios in New York City; the album was co-produced and recorded by GRAMMY® Award-winner Geoff Sanoff and co-produced by Disciples of Soul musical director and guitarist Marc Ribler.
Summer of Sorcery was mixed and mastered respectively by Van Zandt’s career-long collaborators and friends Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Bryan Adams), and Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, The Band, Sly and the Family Stone). The album – which features an exclusive introduction written by Van Zandt – is adorned with Frank Frazetta-inspired cover art by Van Zandt’s longtime art director, Louis Arzonico.
Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul tour dates:
16 May – Liverpool, O2 Academy
18 May – Leeds, O2 Academy
20 May – Glasgow, O2 Academy
22 May – Bristol, O2 Academy
24 May – London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
26 May – Derbyshire, Bearded Theory Festival