Official from brucespringsteen.net:
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 US 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.
The first dates to be announced are all in Europe, early to mid Summer. No conflict with SDCC, thank God.
Lots of questions...What's the format of the tour? What's the tone of the album?
How do you replace Clarence? I really hope they bring the throne back out, and leave it empty for him. I feel like that would be fitting.
Time will tell.