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Bruce Springsteen Timeline | Greasy Lake
Greasy Lake
Date Event
1980
September
The recordings for The River, which have been continuing throughout 1980, finally end after more than 60 songs have been finished.
1980
October 3
The River Tour begins in Ann Arbor, MI. As has become Bruce's habit, the album has not even been released yet. The tour will be characterized by incredibly long shows, usually with more than 30 songs and lasting well over three hours, sometimes closer to four hours.
1980
October 17
The River is released as a double album.
1980
November 8
The River becomes Bruce's first number one album on Billboard's chart.
1980
November 15
The "Hungry Heart" single becomes Bruce's first Top 10 hit on Billboard's chart when it reaches number 5.
1980
December 31
The band ends a three-night stand at Nassau Coliseum in New York with a New Year's Eve show which, until some of the marathon shows of the 2012 European Wrecking Ball Tour, ranked as Bruce's longest show ever, lasting close to four hours and containing 38 songs.
1981
March 13
A planned European tour is postponed due to exhaustion on Bruce's part.
1981
April 7
The postponed European tour finally kicks off in Hamburg, Germany. This is the first full-scale tour for Bruce outside North America. The tour will include 33 shows in 10 countries. England alone gets 16 of these shows, including six at Wembley Arena in London. The shows are now considerably shorter than the year before and will remain so for the rest of the tour.
1981
July 2
Having returned home from Europe in June, Bruce and the E Street Band continue the tour by opening the new Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, with a six-night stand.
1981
August 20
One of the best and most famous shows of Bruce's career takes place at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles. It is a benefit for the Vietnam Veterans of America and turns into a moving and passionate tour de force.
1981
September 14
The River Tour ends in Cincinatti, OH. This is also Steve Van Zandt's last show as an official member of the E Street Band until 1999. The band has played for full arenas practically everywhere, and Bruce has established himself as one of the heavy-weights. According to him this is also the first time in his career where money is no longer a problem to him.
1982
January 3
In his bedroom at his home in Holmdel, NJ, Bruce records most of what will become the Nebraska album on a four-track tape recorder.
1982
March
Bruce brings in the E Street Band to help Gary U.S. Bonds in the studio with his new album. Bruce writes seven songs for the album and is credited as producer along with Steve Van Zandt.
1982
April
Bruce enters the studio to record the follow-up to The River. The songs he recorded on January 3 are used as demos to these sessions, but only a few of them work out satisfactorily with the band. These include "Born in the USA" and "Downbound Train".
1982
Summer
Simultaneously with the Born in the USA sessions, Bruce makes an unprecedented number of guest appearances with various bands at Jersey Shore bars. Sometimes he can be experienced onstage several times a week with a local band (on at least one occassion twice in one day). Most of these gigs take place at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and the band Cats on a Smooth Surface is among his favorites. On a lesser scale, the club performances will continue for the rest of the year and through 1983.
1982
October 4
Nebraska is released the way it was recorded back in January.
1982
December 22
Bruce's first real music video premieres on MTV. The chosen song is "Atlantic City". Bruce himself does not appear in it.
1983
Spring
Bruce stays in California where he records by himself. The recordings have been known as the Hollywood Hills Garage Tapes and include songs like "Follow That Dream", "Your Hometown" (an early version of "My Hometown") and "County Fair". Some of these recordings end up as b-sides on the Born in the USA singles.
1983
Summer
The E Street Band resumes the recording sessions in May. They will continue on and off throughout 1983. By this time Steve Van Zandt is no longer in the band, but is concentrating on his own solo career.
1984
Spring
Bruce and the band work extensively on the new album. By April when the sessions end, 80-100 songs have been recorded since 1982. Of these only 12 will be used on the album, plus a few more as b-sides.
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