I don't think there is any reason to doubt a new album is coming. The only question is when. Bruce's comments about "sooner than we expect" are interesting, but probably not something we should take too seriously. The album was 99% likely finished in late May, so we should actually expect it this year looking at previous albums timelines from recording to release, but given it was recorded while they were busy with LOTB things are different. He might give a bigger hint, or maybe even a confirmation before the tour is over. In any case we should know at least what they are touring next year before the year is done, European tours are normally announced in November-ish.To be fair, he's either trolling exceptionally hard, more so than usual, or he really is dropping strong hints. My money is on something new in the next year.