Bruce Springsteen says that he and his band have been recording new songs while on their current worldwide tour and that he is already making plans for a new album.

Springsteen, who is due in to play sold-out shows in Limerick, Cork and Belfast this July, says this is the first time he has recorded while touring, adding that Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, who was drafted in as a temporary replacement for E Street guitarist Steve Van Zandt on the recent Australian leg of the tour, had inspired him him to hit the studio.

"We did a couple of things that I wanted to put down. So that was very exciting." Springsteen told Rolling Stone magazine.

"We've never had a recording session during a tour in our lives. We did a couple of things that I wanted to put down. So that was very exciting. And being with Tommy was exciting. The band – Steven, Nils, all those guys – continues to be a source of inspiration for me."

Springsteen's last album, Wrecking Ball, was released in March last year and went to number one in 16 counties including Ireland and was nominated for three Grammy awards. This would be the seventh album from the singer since 2002 and he has described the last decade as, “the best 10, 12 years we've ever had".

In Coventry last week, Springsteen and the E Street Band dedicated a full album performance of Born to Run to Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who died on Thursday.