Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band Bringing New Album, Tour in 2012

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will embark on their first tour in three years in 2012, the rock legend announced Monday.

The band will play a string of European dates between May and July, with further US and world dates to be announced shortly.

The European leg of the tour will include two headline slots at the Isle of Wight Festival and London's Hard Rock Calling festival.

It will be the band's first tour since its legendary saxophone player, Clarence Clemons, died in June aged 69, following a stroke.

"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," Springsteen wrote on his website. "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 [be] coming up shortly."

The New Jersey singer-songwriter also announced that his new album is almost complete.

"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," he wrote.