The River Tour

1980-81, The E Street Band

As had become the norm, The River Tour started out before the supported album was even released, but that didn't stop Bruce from focusing heavily on The River right from the get go. Gone were most of the ultra-long guitar and impro exercises in favor of the short, rocking songs that The River is so full of. But that didn’t mean the shows were shorter. On the contrary, in the fall of 1980 the length of the shows often grew to an unprecedented four hours, culminating on New Years Eve 1980 with a 38-song show that lasted well into 1981.

The spring leg of the tour saw shows become somewhat shorter, but a planned European tour still had to be postponed by several weeks due to exhaustion on Bruce’s part. Still, the first extensive tour of Europe was carried out from April to June with shows in Germany, Scandinavia, Spain, the UK and other countries. Back in the US, Bruce opened the brand new Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey with a multi-night stand. Another multi-night stand took place in Los Angeles in August, including the now legendary Vietnam Veterans benefit show, which counts among the best and most emotional performances of Bruce’s career.

Roy Bittan: Piano
Clarence Clemons: Saxophone
Danny Federici: Organ
Bruce Springsteen: Vocals, guitar
Garry Tallent: Bass
Steve Van Zandt: Guitar
Max Weinberg: Drums

Today's and past shows: 138

1980-10-03, Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
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1980-10-04, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
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1980-10-06, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH
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1980-10-07, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH
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1980-10-09, Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI
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1980-10-10, Uptown Theater, Chicago, IL
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1980-10-11, Uptown Theater, Chicago, IL
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1980-10-13, Civic Center, St. Paul, MN
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1980-10-14, Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, WI
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1980-10-17, Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO
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1980-10-18, Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO
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1980-10-20, McNicholls Arena, Denver, CO
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1980-10-24, Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA
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1980-10-25, Coliseum, Portland, OR
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1980-10-27, Coliseum, Oakland, CA
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1980-10-28, Coliseum, Oakland, CA
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1980-10-30, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
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1980-10-31, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
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1980-11-01, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
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1980-11-03, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
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1980-11-05, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
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1980-11-08, Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX
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1980-11-09, Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
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1980-11-11, LSU Assembly Center, Baton Rogue, LA
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1980-11-14, The Summit, Houston, TX
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1980-11-15, The Summit, Houston, TX
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1980-11-20, Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, IL
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1980-11-23, Capital Centre, Landover, MD
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1980-11-24, Capital Centre, Landover, MD
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1980-11-27, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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1980-11-28, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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1980-11-30, Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
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1980-12-01, Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
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1980-12-02, War Memorial, Rochester, NY
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1980-12-04, War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY
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1980-12-06, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
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1980-12-08, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
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1980-12-09, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
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1980-12-11, Civic Center, Providence, RI
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1980-12-12, Civic Center, Hartford, CT
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1980-12-15, Boston Gardens, Boston, MA
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1980-12-16, Boston Gardens, Boston, MA
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1980-12-18, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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1980-12-19, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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1980-12-28, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
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1980-12-29, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
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1980-12-31, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
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1981-01-20, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada
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1981-01-21, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada
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1981-01-23, The Forum, Montreal, Canada
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1981-01-24, Civic Center, Ottawa, Canada
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1981-01-26, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
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1981-01-28, Checkerdome, St. Louis, MO
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1981-01-29, Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IO
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1981-02-01, Civic Centre, St. Paul, MN
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1981-02-02, Dane County Coliseum, Madison, WI
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1981-02-04, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
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1981-02-05, Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO
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1981-02-07, University Of Illinois, Champaign, IL
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1981-02-12, Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, AL
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1981-02-13, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MI
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1981-02-15, Civic Center, Lakeland, FL
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1981-02-16, Civic Center, Lakeland, FL
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1981-02-18, Coliseum, Jacksonville, FL
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1981-02-20, Sportatorium, Hollywood, FL
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1981-02-22, Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC
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1981-02-23, The Omni, Atlanta, GA
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1981-02-25, Mid-South Coliesum, Memphis, TN
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1981-02-26, Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
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1981-02-28, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
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1981-03-02, Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA
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1981-03-04, Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
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1981-03-05, Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN
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1981-04-07, Congress Centrum, Hamburg, West Germany
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1981-04-09, ICC Halle, West Berlin, West Germany
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1981-04-11, Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
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1981-04-14, Festhalle, Frankfurt, West Germany
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1981-04-16, Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany
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1981-04-18, Palais Des Sports, Paris, France
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1981-04-19, Palais Des Sports, Paris, France
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1981-04-21, Palacio de Deportes, Barcelona, Spain
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1981-04-24, Palais Des Sports, Lyon, France
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1981-04-26, Vorst National, Brussels, Belgium
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1981-04-28, Sportspaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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1981-04-29, Sportspaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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1981-05-02, Br�ndbyhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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1981-05-03, Scandinavium, Gothenberg, Sweden
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1981-05-05, Drammenshallen, Oslo, Norway
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1981-05-07, Johannsehovg Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
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1981-05-08, Johannsehovg Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
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1981-05-11, Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, England
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1981-05-13, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England
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1981-05-14, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England
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1981-05-16, Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
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1981-05-17, Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
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1981-05-20, New Bingley Hall, Stafford, England
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1981-05-26, Brighton Centre, Brighton, England
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1981-05-27, Brighton Centre, Brighton, England
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1981-05-29, Wembley Arena, London, England
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1981-05-30, Wembley Arena, London, England
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1981-06-01, Wembley Arena, London, England
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1981-06-02, Wembley Arena, London, England
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1981-06-04, Wembley Arena, London, England
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1981-06-05, Wembley Arena, London, England
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1981-06-07, International Arena, Birmingham, England
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1981-06-08, International Arena, Birmingham, England
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1981-07-02, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
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1981-07-03, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
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1981-07-05, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
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1981-07-06, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
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1981-07-08, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
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1981-07-09, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
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1981-07-13, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
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1981-07-15, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
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1981-07-16, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
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1981-07-18, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
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1981-07-19, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
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1981-07-29, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH
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1981-07-30, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH
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1981-08-04, Capital Centre, Landover, MD
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1981-08-05, Capital Centre, Landover, MD
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1981-08-07, Capital Centre, Landover, MD
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1981-08-11, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
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1981-08-12, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
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1981-08-16, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, CO
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1981-08-17, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, CO
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1981-08-20, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
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1981-08-21, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
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1981-08-23, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
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1981-08-24, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
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1981-08-27, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
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1981-08-28, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
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1981-09-02, Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
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1981-09-08, Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, IL
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1981-09-10, Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, IL
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1981-09-11, Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, IL
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1981-09-13, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
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1981-09-14, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
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