After months of speculation, it looks like the Boss is indeed rehiring his crew.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are getting back together for a 25th anniversary world tour, Springsteen's longtime manager, Jon Landau, announced Tuesday.

No dates have been set yet, but more details will be announced next month.

This will be the first time that Springsteen has toured with the E Street Band since they played the Amnesty International "Human Rights Now" concerts in 1988-89. (Coincidentally, Springsteen has just been added to the lineup of an Amnesty benefit gig in Paris Thursday--no word whether he'll be joined by the E Streeters there.)

After that trek ended, Springsteen fired his longtime bandmates. He recorded his next few albums with mostly session musicians, occasionally bringing back an E Streeter or two in a cameo role.

He briefly reconvened the band in 1995 to polish previously unreleased tracks for his Greatest Hits set. A rumored tour never panned out.

But reports of a possible reunion tour kicked into overdrive this summer as Springsteen prepared his four-CD, career retrospective box set, Tracks. It seemed inevitable that the Boss would unretire his old sideman to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Several E Streeters date back to Springsteen's Jersey bar band days, when Bruce & Co. played in outfits like the Castiles, Earth, Steel Mill and Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom and honed their legendary concert chops.

Springsteen didn't officially name his band until after he recorded his first two albums in 1973, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. (That's the reason the band wasn't eligible for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction alongside Springsteen this year.)

In its original incarnation, the E Street band included Clarence Clemmons (saxophone), Danny Federici (keyboards), Vini Lopez (drums), David Sancious (keyboards), Gary Tallent (bass) and Steven Van Zandt (guitar), but the roster has morphed over the years with keyboardist Roy Bittan replacing Sancious, guitarist Nils Lofgren taking over for Van Zandt and Ernest Carter then Max Weinberg replacing Lopez on drums. Patti Scialfa, now Mrs. Bruce Springsteen, joined as a singer and guitarist in the mid-'80s.

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