The Boss and his accompanying band, with whom he has played intermittently since his 1973 debut, have revealed that work on their as-yet-untitled album is nearing completion, and that they will be heading out on the road next year to take the new songs to the fans at a host of US and European dates.

In an announcement on his website The Boss wrote: “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 ‘Born in the USA’ star has yet to announce any of the US dates for the tour, but it has been confirmed that the European leg of the grand, global live undertaking will include headline slots at London’s Hard Rock Calling festival on July 14 and the Isle of Wight Festival on June 24.

Isle of Wight Festival promoter John Giddings says of the news that the New Jersey-born rock n’ roller will be gracing the island’s stage next year: “It’s taken years to get him here, but it will have been worth the wait – he is one of the greatest acts of all time, it’s going to be a classic year.”

The album will be the first since 2009’s ‘Working On A Dream”. It will also be the first release by Springsteen and The E Street Band since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemens earlier this year after forty years of working together.