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Bruce Springsteen Timeline | Greasy Lake
Greasy Lake
Date Event
2000
February 28
After the winter break the tour resumes at the Bryce Jordan Center, PA.
2000
March-June
The tour rolls through North American arenas with increasing intensity and many rarities in the setlist.
2000
June 4
At Philips Arena in Atlanta Bruce debuts two brand new songs, "Further On (Up the Road)" and "American Skin (41 Shots)". The latter is based on an incident where a young immigrant was killed by the New York City police with 41 bullets. Despite never having heard the song this causes members of the NYPD to call for a boycott of Bruce's upcoming shows at Madison Square Garden in New York. A huge controversy follows in newspaper columns and television news broadcasts.
2000
June 12
Bruce, who until now has remained silent since performing "American Skin (41 Shots)" in Atlanta, finally shoots back at his critics when at the first of 10 Madison Square Garden concerts, he comes out on stage and plays yet another new song, "Code of Silence", and later follows it with another rendition of "American Skin". Despite booing from parts of the audience, "American Skin" will be performed at all ten remaining shows of the tour.
2000
July 1
The Reunion Tour, as fans have dubbed it, ends with a final show at Madison Square Garden. It's the longest show of the tour and includes a powerful version of "Lost in the Flood" for the first time since 1978, and ends with an emotional performance of "Blood Brothers", with the band members lined up on stage holding each other's hands. The last two shows of the stand are filmed with high-definition cameras.
2000
Fall
Except for a couple of club performances Bruce is almost completely off the radar screen during the fall. On November 3 he performs at the first annual Light of Day benefit show supporting the Parkison's Foundation. He is on stage with Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers for more than an hour.
2000
December 17-18
Bruce begins a new tradition by assembling a host of band members and friends for two holiday shows at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park. The shows feature the Max Weinberg 7 as the backing band and also work as a great showcase for Little Steven, Southside Johnny, Nils Lofgren, and Patti Scialfa, who each get a turn in the spotlight.
2001
April 3
Rumors of a live release from the Reunion Tour had been circulating since before the tour even ended, and on this date the rumors become reality when the 2-CD set Live in New York City is released. Bruce himself celebrates the release by showing up at Jack's Music Store's midnight sale in Red Bank, NJ, signing copies of the album to everyone who asks. The live album is culled from the last two nights of the tour and is the soundtrack of a television special that will be shown a few days later.
2001
April 7
Live in New York City, the television special, premieres on HBO. Apart from the East Berlin show in 1988, this is the first time a Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band show is shown on television.
2001
May 27
On Memorial Day, Bruce jumps on stage with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at the Stone Pony. The stage is set up outside the club.
2001
Summer
Bruce performs on the Jersey Shore on at least six occasions, playing with Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons, Bruce Hornsby, John Eddie and Brian Kirk.
2001
September 21
Following the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC, Bruce participates in a television special honoring the victims. He opens the show with an acoustic version of "My City of Ruins" backed by Little Steven, Clarence Clemons and Patti Scialfa.
2001
Fall
Bruce participates in a host of benefit shows for the victims of September 11, including two shows for the Alliance of Neighbors of Monmouth County (one of which is broadcast live on local television), five Holiday Shows in Asbury Park with the Max Weinberg 7, the Holiday Express Show at the Continental Airlines Arena, and the annual Light of Day benefit.
2001
November 6
The Live in New York City DVD is released.
2002
Winter-spring
The aftermath of September 11 has inspired Bruce to write about the consequences of the terror attacks on ordinary people and altogether the concept of loss. So armed with a load of new songs he and The E Street Band enter the Southern Tracks Studio in Atlanta where acclaimed producer Brendan O'Brien will try to take the band's sound into the new millenium. Quick progress is made and around April the new album is finished.
2002
July 30
The Rising is released in most of the world. On the same day Bruce and the band can be seen live on the Today Show, which has moved its studio to the beach in Asbury Park. They perform live at the Convention Hall in front of an audience of contest winners and are interviewed by anchor Katie Couric as part of an unprecedented marketing blitz. In the following days and weeks Bruce is all over the television screen giving several interviews and performing his new songs.
2002
August 7
After several rehearsal shows at the Convention Hall, the Rising Tour officially kicks off at the Continental Airlines Arena. The show is marred by technical problems and lack of flow. For the first time at arena shows in North America, the floor now offers general admission in an attempt to both raise the crowd's energy and beat the scalpers. The first 300 in line will even be let into a pit directly in front of the stage, causing lots of controversy among the fans.
2002
August-September
The first part of the tour, dubbed the barnstorming tour by Jon Landau, rolls through the US with exclusively one-night stands in selected cities. In the beginning the setlists vary very little, if at all, but later on Bruce loosens up and start to add new songs and surprises.
2002
August 29
Bruce opens the MTV Video Music Awards playing "The Rising" from an outdoor stage in New York City in front of a small, but wet audience and millions of TV viewers.
2002
October 14-27
The tour heads to Europe for a brief European stint consisting of only seven shows. The first half of the show in Barcelona is broadcast live on MTV. The complete show is later released on DVD.
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