The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

May 9 1974

A show at Harvard Square Theater in Cambridge, MA, is attended by music critic Jon Landau, who is inspired to write his famous "I saw rock 'n' roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen" article. The article not only forms the basis of an aggressive promotional campaign a year later, but is also the first connection between Bruce and his future manager.

August 13-17 1975

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform perhaps the most important shows of their career. The shows take place at the Bottom Line in New York City and are attended by everybody who is anybody, and one show is broadcast on the radio. With these performances Bruce manages to create lots of converts among the music industry and the music press, and they are an important factor in turning him into a star.

February-March 1977

The band is called in for another short, but much-acclaimed tour, which for some of the shows sees the Miami Horns in the lineup. The tour ends with a three-night stand in Boston.

September 19-21 1978

At the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, Bruce and the band perform three shows which will become one of Bruce's most famous stands. The first show is broadcast on the radio and is later released on an equally famous bootleg, Piece de Resistance.

January 1 1979

The Darkness Tour ends with a marathon show in Cleveland, OH. Despite the fact that a firecracker, thrown by an overzealous member of the audience, explodes in Bruce's face, the show becomes his hitherto longest with 31 songs, but that record will be topped on the next tour.

September 22-23 1979

Bruce and the band join a host of other artists, including Jackson Browne, Chaka Khan, Bonnie Raitt and Tom Petty, for two anti-nuclear benefit shows at the Madison Square Garden in New York, known as the No Nukes shows. Bruce does a 90 minute set each night and debuts "The River". On the second night, which is also his 30th birthday, Bruce throws a cake into the audience and later on drags his ex-girlfriend, photographer Lynn Goldsmith, on stage for a public humiliation. Some of the songs from Bruce's performances are later used for the No Nukes album and movie.

December 31 1980

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.

August 20 1981

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.

August 5-20 1984

Ten shows at the Meadowlands in New Jersey mark the homecoming of the Born in the USA Tour. The shows are of course sold out in a matter of hours, as are all the other shows on the tour. The last of the ten shows, a 33-song, four-hour marathon, is further fueled in intensity by the appearances of both the Miami Horns and Miami Steve Van Zandt.

October 19 1984

The show in Tacoma, WA, is the first one since 1974 which does not include "Rosalita".