Bruce is generally laying low, but does appear at several benefit shows, including the 10th Light of Day show, Gateway�s Gala Benefit Concert, and not least the surreal Rainforest Benefit, where he is part of a lineup including Elton John and Lady Ga Ga and does the first Bryan Adams cover of his career: "Cuts Like a Knife".
The London Calling - Live in Hyde Park DVD/Blu-ray is released.
After literally years of rumors and speculation, a press release announces the release of a Darkness on the Edge of Town box set.
Bruce, Patti and Jon Landau show up at the Toronto Film Festival where The Promise documentary is shown to the world for the first time. Bruce sits down for a press conference and a conversation with his friend Edward Norton in front of an audience.
The long-awaited Darkness box set The Promise is released worldwide.
Bruce and the E Street Band minus Nils performs at the Casino in Asbury Park in front of an audience of contest winners. The show is being filmed for a webcast that will be released a few weeks later. They do a selection of songs from The Promise and ends with "Blue Christmas". This will be Clarence Clemons' last performance with the E Street Band.
Clarence Clemons suffers a serious stroke in his home in Florida.
After showing a few signs of progress, Clarence Clemons passes away as a consequence of the stroke he suffered a week previously.
Wrecking Ball is released in most of the world to much critical acclaim.
The E Street Band plays its first show without Clarence Clemons. In return, the band now includes a horn section featuring Clarence's nephew Jake Clemons. The show is a benefit for Siriux XM satellite radio and takes place at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City where Bruce has never played before. The show highlights several of the new Wrecking Ball songs as well as a tribute to the soul artists who made the venue famous.
Bruce delivers the keynote speech at SXSW music festival in Austin, TX. During the hour-long speech he talks about his own career and his influences and gives advice to young musicians. Later that night he and the E Street Band performs a full show at the Moody Theater in Austin as another warm-up for the Wrecking Ball Tour. The show becomes an loose all-star showcase with guest performances by Tom Morello, Eric Burdon, Jimmy Cliff, and Arcade Fire.
The Wrecking Ball Tour officially kicks off in Atlanta, GA, with a show that's similar to the one performed at the Apollo Theater 9 days previously. Bruce pays tribute to Clarence Clemons by showing a video montage of him in the middle of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", an element of the show that will continue throughout the tour.
The Wrecking Ball Tour moves to Europe for an extensive leg of stadium, arena, and festival shows.
Bruce, along with Steve Van Zandt, perform at a televised memorial concert in Oslo, Norway, commemorating the victims of the Ut�ya massacre and bombing in Oslo on July 22, 2011.
Ending the European tour on the highest note possible, Bruce does his longest show ever in Helsinki, Finland. It clocks in at just over four hours, and that doesn't even include Bruce's surprise acoustic appearance before the actual show, in front of a few early arrivers. The new record length show doesn't come out of nowhere. Several shows on the European tour came close to the four-hour mark and saw a re-energized Bruce who was seemingly in the shape of his lifetime.
The last of three shows at the new MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is postponed several hours due to a heavy thunderstorm. The show finally gets underway and ends well into Bruce's 63rd birthday.