Bruce Springsteen performed shortened versions of 11 songs that he had written in a career spanning more than 40 years, on his Oct. 31 interview with Howard Stern on SiriusXM Radio.

“You really got me,” Stern said. “This is the first time I've ever cried on the radio!” E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren—who was also listening in—replied: "That's awesome."

This is followed by stadium shows in Europe in late spring or early summer of next year. Springsteen is also releasing an album of soul covers, “Only the Strong Survive,” on Friday, Nov. 11.

Springsteen's voice was in top form on Stern. He sang solo versions on guitar and piano of “Thunder Road,” “Tougher Than the Rest,” “Rosalita,”

He also talked about his unique guitar tunings, which he compared to the Open G string tuning of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Like the Stones, he's not stopping anytime soon.

Retirement? “I can’t imagine it,” Springsteen said. “I mean if I got to a point where I was incapacitated or something but up until then, I mean, look at Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger.

I played with Pete Seeger in Washington at Obama’s inauguration. Pete was 91 or 92, and he came out and sang ‘This Land Is Your Land.’ So I look at those guys.

I don’t know if I’ll be doing three-hour shows, but I have so many different kinds of music that I can play and do. The Broadway show I can do the rest of my life.

Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers music and entertainment for the USA Today Network New Jersey.

Springsteen and the E Street Band are planning a U.S. tour this coming February. He's spent more than 20 years working in the news business.