Bruce Springsteen @ 2006 || Photo by Michael Weintrob / JamBase

More colossal news coming in today for Jazz Fest 2012 as organizers announced the addition of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to close out the first weekend of the Festival on Sunday, April 29. This news comes the day after it was announced that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder will play a solo show on Thursday, May 3. Bruce’s return had been speculated for months after he revealed that the band would be returning to the road after the loss of saxophonist Clarence Clemons in summer 2011 to tour in support of their new album Wrecking Ball which will be out in early-March. Additionally, now that the talent lineups (subject to change of course) are locked up, NOJHF announced the daily schedules for this year’s festival, enabling out-of-towner fans and to start making some concrete plans and Jazz Fest loyalists amongst the local crowd to decide how many days off will be necessary this year.