The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

June 1 1985

The European leg of the tour commences at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland, a huge outdoor park area where upward of 100,000 people attend. Bruce, not used to playing under those circumstances, brings the show to frequent halts to calm people down. The show is a good example of the Brucemania going through Europe this summer.

July 4 1985

On Independence Day the band performs one of three shows for 70,000 people at London's Wembley Stadium. The show opens with an acoustic "Independence Day" and is later blessed with the appearance of Steve Van Zandt, now known as Little Steven.

September 27-October 1 1985

The Born in the USA Tour ends with four shows at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. The last one features an hour-long set of encores closing with "Glory Days". The 15-month tour has from start to finish been one long triumph establishing Bruce as the biggest rock superstar on Earth, only rivaled by Michael Jackson and Prince.

October 13 1986

In his first real acoustic gig since 1972, Bruce performs at Neil Young's Bridge Benefit show. He is joined by Danny Federici and Nils Lofgren on accordion and guitar respectively. This is also the first time "Born in the USA" is performed live in its original acoustic blues arrangement.

June 18 1988

Bruce performs four acoustic songs at an anti-racist benefit in Paris, only sided by Clarence. The performance is broadcast live on French TV making this the first time Bruce performs on live TV.

July 3 1988

For the first time since 1978 a Bruce show is broadcast on the radio when the first set of the Stockholm show can be heard on radio stations all over the world. During the broadcast Bruce announces his participation in Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! Tour later that year.

July 19 1988

For the first time in his career Bruce plays a show behind the Iron Curtain. The show takes place in East Berlin. It is also Bruce's largest crowd to date, numbering 180,000 people. Most of the show is broadcast on East German TV, another first for Bruce.

July 23 1988

Scaling things down a bit after East Berlin, Bruce plays three songs with a street musician on the streets of Copenhagen. The event is filmed by a lucky guy with a camcorder.

October 10 1988

The tour ends with a huge show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, parts of which are later broadcast on TV worldwide. This is also the last announced show with the E Street Band until 1999.

November 16-17 1990

A nervous and emotional Bruce performs at two Christic Institute benefit shows along with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt. The shows are solo acoustic and rank among Bruce's very best despite his nervousness.