While Bruce Springsteen’s official plans remain unclear following longtime E Street Saxophonist Clarence Clemons’ passing in June, the rumor mill heavily suggests that we could see a new Springsteen album this fall, sans E Street Band, with an E Street tour possible for 2012.

The popular Bruce fan site Blogness On The Edge Of Town collected the best of the circulating rumors in a recent post. Evidently, there have been a couple of high profile names leaked in association with the project, which first began taking shape (at least in the minds of Springsteen rumor mongers) back in April.

Producer Ron Aniello (who has a Springsteen link, having worked on Patti Scialfa's 'Play It as It Lays' album) updated the discography listing on his personal website to add a production credit for the “forthcoming album” from Bruce Springsteen. Then, that information was quickly removed, which makes sense, since Springsteen historically likes to keep such details under wraps.

Similarly, drummer Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel) tweeted a couple of seemingly-Boss related items on Twitter, including one that said “today, I'm heading out to NJ to record with that guy from there, so excited.” Only a short time later, his Twitter account had been deleted. We'd like to imagine that he got the phone call from a certain someone who said “your Twitter privileges have been revoked”

The sound of the possible album is being described as somewhere between 1978's ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ and 1995's ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad,’ which in our opinion presents an interesting range of possibilities. But to be fair, if it's a range between those two albums, it could also sound like 'Human Touch.'

Statistically, Springsteen is rarely idle for very long, so it’s safe to say that we’ll probably hear something about his future plans very soon.

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