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Springsteen set to launch first tour in 3 years

By Leslie Tripp
updated 9:50 AM EST, Mon November 21, 2011
Bruce Springsteen's last tour was the
Bruce Springsteen's last tour was the "Working on a Dream" tour, which wrapped up in 2009.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The European shows will run from May through July
  • The dates for U.S. shows will be announced soon, according to Springsteen's website
  • This is the E Street Band's first tour since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons

(CNN) -- The Boss is back, and "things are starting to heat up down on E Street," the band said on its website.

After a three-year touring hiatus and the death of beloved saxophonist Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are planning a 2012 tour, according to Springsteen official site, www.brucespringsteen.net.

The European dates will run from mid-May until the end of July and will be announced later this week, the website stated. Information on U.S. shows will also be announced soon.

The band also hinted at a new album.

"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," Springsteen said on the website.

The 2012 tour announcement came five months after the death of Clemons, known by fans around the world as "The Big Man."

Springsteen's last tour was the "Working on a Dream" tour, which wrapped up in 2009.

The New Jersey native release his debut album, "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J." in 1973. In the nearly 40 years since, he has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and 120 million worldwide.

Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

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