For consummate performer Bruce Springsteen, the show must go on. Despite losing E Street Band member and right hand man Clarence Clemons to illness this year, the rocker has announced that he will tour, and release a new album, in 2012.
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A note on his official website reads:
“Well, things are starting to heat up down on E Street. A lot of you have been hearing that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will be on tour in 2012. That is absolutely correct. The European dates run from the middle of May until end of July and are being announced this week. Info on the U.S. dates and the World tour dates will (be) coming up shortly. In addition, we want you to know that the music is almost done (but still untitled), we have almost settled on the release date (but not quite yet), and that we are all incredibly excited about everything that we’re planning for 2012. That’s all the info we have for right now, but we’ll get back to you — real soon.”
According to New Musical Express, the E Street Band will headline next summer’s Isle Of Wight Festival on June 24 and London’s Hard Rock Calling Festival on July 24.
Springsteen recently took in a Taylor Swift show in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he performed “Dancing In The Dark” for her backstage, and autographed a guitar.