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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announce new record, tour for 2012

Bruce Springsteen fans can finally exhale a sigh of relief and start planning for another summer with the E Street Band. With the passing of saxophonist Clarence Clemons over the summer, the future of the E Street Band seemed uncertain. And though they will never be the same without Clemons, the band has opted to soldier on.

In an announcement made on their official website, the band confirmed that they will be touring in 2012, beginning with Europe dates (including stops at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland and the Hard Rock Calling in London) from mid-May until the end of July. After that, the band will head to the U.S. for yet-to-be-announced dates.

It seems the band, who assured “things are starting to heat up down on E Street,” will also be trying out some new material on the road next summer, telling fans in the statement, “We want you to know that the [new] 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.”

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Steve Van Zandt says E-Street Band will decide future soon

Steve Van Zandt says Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will get together over the next couple of weeks to discuss how the band will proceed without Clarence Clemons. The saxophonist died in June following complications from a stroke.

Van Zandt said the band, which has periodically toured and recorded with Springsteen since 1972, will never be the same without Clemons. But then he added it wasn’t the same after keyboard player Danny Federici died in 2008.

Clemons provided the band with its trademark horn sound apparent on such hits as “Blinded By the Light,” ”Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” and “Jungleland.”

“That’s a void we will never replace,” Van Zandt said.

But the E-Street band guitarist feels they will still play music until the end because he says: “That’s what we do.”

Van Zandt made the comments while attending Ocean’s Kingdom in New York, a new ballet with music by Paul McCartney.

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Bruce Springsteen posts full Clarence Clemons eulogy online

The passing of legendary E Street Band saxophonist and “The Edge of Glory” guest star Clarence Clemons still cuts deep among his friends, family, colleagues and fans.

To continue his memorial to his friend and sideman, Bruce Springsteen posted a version of his eulogy for Clemons on his official site. As expected, it’s a touching, rousing, heartfelt statement about Clemons life and work.

“From the first time I saw my pal striding out of the shadows of a half empty bar in Asbury Park, a path opening up before him; here comes my brother, here comes my sax man, my inspiration, my partner, my lifelong friend,” Springsteen wrote about his first encounter with Clemons. “Standing next to Clarence was like standing next to the baddest ass on the planet. You were proud, you were strong, you were excited and laughing with what might happen, with what together, you might be able to do. You felt like no matter what the day or the night brought, nothing was going to touch you.”


E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons dies at 69

Clarence Clemons, the longtime saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, died on Saturday of complications from a stroke. He was 69. “The Big Man,” as he was affectionately called, played in Springsteen’s band since 1972. READ FULL STORY

As Lady Gaga tweets her support for ill Clarence Clemons, we look back at the Big Man's extraordinary career

Lady Gaga has tweeted her support for Clarence Clemons, following the news that the famed saxophonist suffered a stroke over the weekend at his home in Florida.

The 69-year-old Clemons, a four-decade member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and the go-to sax man for countless other artists, had been particularly active lately, appearing on two singles—“Hair” and “The Edge of Glory”—on Gaga’s Born This Way, and performing with the pop star at the recent American Idol finale.

“Little monsters, my very close friend +musician on The Edge of Glory, Clarence Clemons is very sick,” the singer tweeted earlier today. “Can we all make some get well videos?” Of course, Clemons’ collaborations with Gaga are just the latest chapter in the storied career of the artist who has also worked with Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, and, yes, a certain Boss man, to name but a very few. READ FULL STORY

Clarence Clemons suffers a stroke: Report

Clarence Clemons, longtime saxophone-playing member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has suffered a stroke, according to Rolling Stone, which reports it has confirmed the musician’s medical situation. The website report included no confirmation on the severity of his condition. Check back later at for more details as they become available.

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Can Born This Way just come out already?

It feels like we’ve already heard half the album, whether as fashion-show accompaniment, part of a Today show summer concert, or an iTunes promo.

Today the latest single off Born This Way, a fizzy novelty song called “Hair,” was released on iTunes and Vevo. Listen to it after the break: READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen visits Little Steven's 'Underground Garage'

Bruce Springsteen and Steven “Little Steven” Van Zandt have known each other since they were teenagers at the Jersey Shore, but in the first nine years of Van Zandt’s radio show, Little Steven’s Underground Garage, the Boss has never visited. That is about to change. The old friends recently sat down in front of a microphone, and their musings will make up three episodes of the show, beginning this Friday, according to the AP. Reflecting on their early days, Van Zandt told the AP, “He was a very important friend. When you are a freak by yourself it’s one thing. But if there’s someone else, you don’t feel as freaky. It’s a big deal to have someone feel the same way you do.”

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Lady Gaga reveals she’s directing her next video, talks Rebecca Black, and more in fan-generated Q&A taped at Google HQ

Confirming suspicions that Google is the coolest place to work on the planet—free laundry rooms! Sand volleyball courts! Dinosaur skeleton!—Lady Gaga appeared at their California headquarters yesterday to reveal, amongst other things, that she will be making her directorial debut on her next music video for the upcoming single “Judas.”

In an hour-long Q&A panel, Gaga fielded questions submitted via Google Moderator and Twitter as well as in-person inquiries from the lucky Little Monsters working at the Internet search engine giant.

Since you probably don’t have a spare hour and thirteen minutes to watch the whole “Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga” YouTube video, we have kindly excerpted the highlights for the edification of you Little Monsters, casual fans and Internet trolls: READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen brings 'The Promise' to a tiny New Jersey theater: Watch here

bruce-springsteenSixty Bruce Springsteen fans got a memorable holiday gift last week when they crowded into Asbury Park, N.J.’s teensy Carousel House for a very special E Street Band concert. Sore that you weren’t in the audience? Rejoice, for the Boss just released a high-quality half-hour film from that night on Vevo for all to see.

Songs from the Promise, which you can stream right here after the jump, makes me even more jealous of the lucky dogs who were there in person. Springsteen and Co. have a blast performing highlights from The Promise, the new 2-CD set of outtakes from 1978′s Darkness on the Edge of Town: the revved-up “Racing in the Street (’78),” the hopeful “Gotta Get that Feeling,” the rollicking “Ain’t Good Enough For You,” and the mournful “The Promise.” They top it off with a spin through “Blue Christmas,” the rock’n’roll carol popularized by Elvis Presley.

I’m left with just one question. When are these guys going to hit the road again for a proper tour? They were busy all year finishing up The Promise, but clearly they haven’t lost the performing bug. Here’s hoping 2011 brings some less exclusive E Street engagements. Watch Songs from the Promise after the jump and let us know if you agree. READ FULL STORY

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