Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will hit the road for the first time since 2009 in May. (Linda Davidson/TWP)

The news of a new album and tour comes as a bit of a surprise just five months after the death of longtime E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons . Many had speculated that the E Street Band had played its last show together, but that is clearly not the case. There is no word yet on whether Clemons will be replaced or if the band will simply continue without a saxophone player.

The upcoming album will be Springsteen’s first since 2009’s “Working on a Dream.” The Boss and E Street Band last played D.C. in 2009, with May and November shows at Verizon Center. Springsteen was also in D.C. in 2009 as a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Visit the blog archives for much much more on the Boss.

View Photo Gallery: Musician Clarence Clemons dies at age 69. Clemons, whose saxophone was immediately recognizable, was an original member of the legendary E street Band.

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