Bruce Springsteen Tour 2012

November 21, 2011 by staff 

Bruce Springsteen Tour 2012, Turns out all the rumors about a new Bruce Springsteen album and a tour with the E Street Band were spot on. A cryptic message on Springsteen’s official website announced a 2012 tour on Sunday night, with dates in Europe from mid-May through late July. A new, as yet, untitled album is in the works, although a release date has not been set yet.

Dates in Manchester and Sunderland in the U.K. were announced this morning, as well as appearances in London at the Hard Rock Calling Festival (Bruce was also there in 2009) on July 14 and the Isle of Wight Festival in the U.K. on June 24.

More information on those dates can be found on Springsteen’s official website, and our friends at Backstreets also have complete tour and ticket onsale information.

The tour is expected to start in the U.S. very early in March, with a swing through the southwest and possibly the south (Florida?) before heading up in this direction around early April. Will there be rehearsals and rehearsal shows in Asbury Park before the official tour kick-off?

No news yet on that front but Springsteen has held rehearsals in Asbury for every tour since 1999-2000?s Reunion Tour, and has had official rehearsal shows there for every tour except 2004?s “Vote for Change” jaunt, so it does seem quite possible.

Also of interest is the question of whether another saxophone player, or a full horn section will be added to E Street after the passing of the band’s saxophonist and key Springsteen sidekick, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons, who passed away of complications from a stroke in late June at age 69. The Big Man is obviously irreplaceable, just as original keyboard player Danny Federici was.

But E Street is very much a living, breathing band, and Springsteen and Co. will soldier on, much as they did after Federici’s passing in 2008. Charlie Giordano took Danny’s place in the band, and this time around, my bet’s on a full horn section in place of the Big Man. Pure speculation on my part, however.

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