Springsteen announces 2012 tour

Euro leg kicks off in May

Bruce Springsteen announced Sunday night that he and the E Street Band will tour the globe in 2012.

While rumors of an upcoming Springsteen tour have been circulating for months, the tour — as well as an upcoming album — was made official on the singer-songwriter’s website:

“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 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.”

This will be the first E Street Band tour following the death of longtime saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who passed away at age 69 on June 18 this year following a massive stroke.

The last time Springsteen and the E Street Band were on the road, they were finishing up their two-year “Magic”/”Working on a Dream” tour in Buffalo in November 2009.