Interesting spot ...
They tag Atlantic City on at the end from time to time, so Springsteen is part of the band alright.
As for the intro, As it comes from the Juniper days, Rice's influences would be more in question. I might have a a version of 'Never' at home to see if the intro was always there. Will check.
"The band that is now the core of BELL X1 but at the time had a lead singer called Damien Rice - and what became of them all - sank into obscurity no doubt!" Dan Hegarty, 2FM 2006 (with tongue firmly in cheek)