Rock icon Bruce Springsteen says he and the E Street Band are setting up a string of 2012 concert dates for their next world tour.
Springsteen said he and the band are also putting the finishing touches on an album set for release in 2012.
“Well, things are starting to heat up down on E Street,” the musician said in a message posted on his Web site.
“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 U.S. dates and the world tour dates will coming up shortly.”
This will be the band’s first major tour since its saxophone player, Clarence Clemons, died in June after suffering a stroke. He was 69.
U2 took a moment to remember Clarence Clemons during their show in Anaheim, California on Saturday night (18Jun11) after learning the E Street Band star had died just before they took to the stage.
Frontman Bono broke the sad news to fans before reading out the lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s Jungleland, which features a tribute to the legendary saxophonist, during a performance of Moment Of Surrender.
Bono told the audience, “I want you to think about a beautiful symphonic sound that came out of one man’s saxophone. I want you to think about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, of brothers. I want you to think of Clarence Clemons.
“This man just carried music, and music carried him until this day.”Guitar great Slash has also offered up a tribute to Clemons, who died on Saturday after suffering a stroke earlier this month (Jun11).
The former Guns N’ Roses star took to Twitter.com and wrote, “Clarence Clemons was one of the finest musicians/people in this business. He will be sorely missed. RIP… Great sidemen like Clarence Clemons don’t get the full appreciation they deserve until they’re gone.”
E Street Band leader Springsteen led the tributes on Saturday, by posting his thoughts on his website.
He wrote, “He was my great friend, my partner. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years.”