By Aly Semigran
Updated November 21, 2011 at 02:46 PM EST
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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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