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Speculation about the future of Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band in the wake of the death of beloved sax player Clarence Clemons has been addressed on brucespringsteen.net: According to a brief post, there will be both a new album and a tour in 2012.
“A lot of you have been hearing that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be on tour in 2012,” Sunday night’s post says. “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 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.”??
The first dates to be announced are four in England: June 21, Stadium of Light in Sunderland; June 22, Etihad Stadium in Manchester; June 24, Isle of Wight Festival; July 14, Hard Rock Calling in London.
Clemons died at age 69 on June 18, one week after suffering a stroke at his home in Florida. He had reportedly undergone two brain surgeries while hospitalized but then took a turn for the worse.
A 40-year member of the E Street Band, Clemons appeared on Springsteen’s debut album, 1973’s Greetings from Asbury Park, and is seen on the cover of his breakthrough record Born to Run, released two years later. Among the Springsteen songs to feature his scintillating saxophone solos are “Thunder Road,” “Born to Run,” “Jungleland,” “Badlands” and “Dancing in the Dark.”
Nicknamed “The Big Man,” Clemons never missed an E Street Band gig, last performing with them in December 2010.
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