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Bruce Springsteen Plans World Tour in 2012 With E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will go on tour next year, starting with European shows from the middle of May through July.

The group announced four dates in the U.K. starting June 21, according to a posting yesterday on the 62-year-old rocker’s website, U.S. dates and more world tour stops will be announced soon, the group said.

The band will hit the road without its well-known saxophonist, Clarence Clemons, who died in June at age 69 after suffering a stroke. The cover of 1975’s “Born to Run” album was dominated by a photograph of Clemons and Springsteen that showcased their bond as people as well as musicians.

“This answers how quickly the band could rally together after Clarence’s passing,” Gary Bongiovanni, editor in chief of concert-industry publication Pollstar, said in an interview. “It’s good news for fans and for the concert industry.”

Springsteen also plans a new album next year, saying the music is almost done. He records for Sony Corp.’s Columbia Records and his tours are organized by Beverly Hills, California-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

The band’s 2009 tour resulted in $167 million in worldwide ticket sales, ranking third behind U2 and AC/DC, Bongiovanni said. In North America, Springsteen collected $94.5 million, trailing only U2, he said. Pollstar is based in Fresno, California.

“Bruce has a strong, loyal following that would come see him even without a new record,” Bongiovanni said. “He has been a consistent arena sellout for nearly his entire career.”

Top 2011 Act

U2, which completed its latest tour this summer, will be the biggest live act of 2011, with $232 million in worldwide ticket sales, Bongiovanni said.

Concert ticket sales increased in October and November, Michael Rapino, president and chief executive officer of Live Nation, said Nov. 17 at an Liberty Media Corp.-sponsored event for analysts and investors.

Since the recession, promoters including Live Nation, the world’s largest, and artists are taking smaller upfront fees and playing smaller venues to offer lower ticket prices, Bongiovanni said.

“It’s not that the economic climate is any better, but people are making better decisions,” Bongiovanni said.

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