Bruce Springsteen Announces New Album, World Tour

Springsteen and the E Street Band will play Europe and America next year

November 20, 2011 9:15 PM ET
Bruce Springsteen performs during the STING: 25th Anniversary/60th Birthday Concert
Bruce Springsteen performs during the STING: 25th Anniversary/60th Birthday Concert
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Bruce Springsteen's official website has confirmed longstanding rumors that he will tour with the E Street Band in 2012. A short statement says they will tour Europe from the middle of May through late July. There will also be an American tour, as well as a new album. The complete text of the note is below:

Well, things are starting to heat up down on E Street.

A lot of you have been hearing that Bruce Springsteen and 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 US 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.

So far, only four dates have been announced. He probably wouldn't have announced any tour plans this early, but the European festivals were announcing their line-ups this week. Expect many more dates to come soon. Also, don't be surprised if he does a run of American arenas before going to Europe in May.

June 21st: Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England
June 22nd: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
June 24th: Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight, England
July 14th: Hard Rock Calling, London, England    

Photos: Bruce Springsteen's Surprise Set at Asbury Park
Bruce Springsteen: The Vintage Photographs

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