The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

May 8 1996

The European tour ends in Madrid, Spain.

September 16 1996

After a summer break, the acoustic tour is back on the road for another US leg.

September 29 1996

Bruce participates in a Woody Guthrie tribute concert, playing a few of his own and Woody Guthrie's songs.

November 8 1996

Bruce plays a benefit show at his old high school in Freehold, NJ. The show is for Freehold residents only, and Bruce premieres a song about the town simply called "Freehold", just as many other one-offs are included in the set.

November 24-26 1996

Bruce plays three benefit shows at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park. The shows turn into a revival of old times when Bruce is guested by old band members and friends and he pulls many songs from his first albums not normally included in the tour.

December 14 1996

The last US show on the acoustic tour takes place in Charlotte, NC.

January 27 1997

The acoustic tour is resumed in Japan for three shows in Tokyo.

February 4 1997

The tour reaches Australia. Ten shows are played in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

February 26 1997

The Ghost of Tom Joad wins a Grammy for "Best Contemporary Folk Album". Bruce performs the title track.

May 5 1997

Bruce receives the Polar Music Prize, a Swedish award which is considered among the finest music awards in the world, on par with the Nobel Prize. The Swedish King hands it over, and in the evening Bruce performs two songs at the official dinner.