Bruce Springsteen is set to hit the road for his first tour since beloved E Street Band member Clarence Clemons died earlier this year (11).
The legendary rocker was left devastated when the 69-year-old saxophonist passed away in June (11) after suffering complications following a stroke, and he gave a moving eulogy at his pal's funeral in Florida.
He later played an emotional tribute concert in memory of his late friend, and now Springsteen and his band are preparing to release new material and take to the stage for their first tour since Clemons' death.
In a post on his website, Springsteen writes, "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."
The European dates will run from May (12) until the end of July, while information on the U.S. shows will be announced soon.
Springsteen's last tour wrapped in 2009.