The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

March 23 1993

A rehearsal show for a new European tour with the new band in Red Bank, NJ, becomes an unexpected turning point for Bruce's live performances. He not only pulls out songs he hasn't played since the early Seventies, if at all, he also includes songs from his unreleased catalogue which have only been released on bootleg. Moreover, a large part of the show is solo acoustic, indicating where Bruce is headed in the future. But the essence is that after years of relatively predictable and well thought-out live shows setlist-wise, Bruce suddenly loosens up and becomes completely unpredictable.

March 31 1993

The European tour opens in Glasgow, Scotland. "Lucky Town" is broadcast live on MTV. The show now begins with three acoustic songs and altogether features many changes from the shows in 1992.

April 24 1993

In Concert- MTV Plugged is released as a limited edition, Europe only release.

June 1 1993

The European tour ends in Oslo, Norway.

June 24 1993

To round off the tour Bruce does two benefit shows in New Jersey and New York City respectively. The show at the Meadowlands in New Jersey is called the "Concert to Fight Hunger" and turns into a four-hour party with lots of guest stars and setlist surprises. Among the guests are Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg and Little Steven. Along with regular band member Roy Bittan they represent more than half of the E Street Band, raising hope for some that Bruce may already be considering a reunion.

June 25 1993

Bruce makes his first appearance on David Letterman playing "Glory Days" with Paul Schafer's band.

June 26 1993

The second of the two benefit shows and the last show with the new band. The show is in support of the Kristin Ann Carr fund, but it becomes a sad farewell to the tour when guest star Terence Trent D'Arby is booed by parts of the audience. An angry Bruce rushes through the rest of the show and thus ends the 1992-93 World Tour and the experiment with a different band. For most fans the tour has been worthwhile, but frustrations have been heard throughout about the lack of new direction and the "similar, only not as good" versions of older songs.

Summer-fall 1993

Bruce takes the rest of the year off, but does take the time to record a new song in his home studio. The song is a piece of commissioned work for movie director Jonathan Demme who has asked Bruce for a song to his new movie Philadelphia. Bruce comes up with "Streets of Philadelphia", which will eventually be his biggest hit of the decade.

January 5 1994

Bruce and Patti's third child, Sam Ryan, is born.

January 19 1994

Bruce sings "Come Together" with Axl Rose at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.