Bruce Springsteen will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 South by Southwest music festival in Texas.
Organisers have announced that The Boss will address participants at the event at the Austin Convention Centre on March 15.
Previous keynote speakers include Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant, Smokey Robinson and Neil Young.
South by Southwest begins on March 9 with interactive and film events. The music festival starts on March 13, showcasing more than 2,000 acts from around the world at dozens of stages throughout downtown Austin.
Springsteen and his E Street Band hit the road next year for a worldwide tour.