The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

September 22-23 2012

The last of three shows at the new MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is postponed several hours due to a heavy thunderstorm. The show finally gets underway and ends well into Bruce's 63rd birthday.

December 10 2012

Bruce plays his first show ever in Mexico at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City.

December 2012

Soon after the last show of 2012, Bruce undergoes major neck surgery to have some cervical discs replaced. The bad discs had caused him numbness in his left arm during the tour.

March 14 2013

Having just recovered from his neck surgery, Bruce continues the Wrecking Ball Tour with a 10-show tour of Australia, the first since 2003. Unlike the shows ten years earlier, this tour is a huge success with sold-out arenas and stadiums in all four cities that are included.

April 29 2013

Another European leg of the Wrecking Ball tour kicks off in Oslo, Norway. Bruce and the band spend three months in Europe, covering 16 countries. Departing more and more from the original tour concept, the show now often includes a full performance of either the Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town or Born in the USA albums.

September 12-21 2013

Bruce's first visit to South America since the Human Rights Now! Tour in 1988 begins in Santiago, Chile, and also includes Argentina and Brazil. The last of the four South American shows sees Bruce and the band perform at the gigantic Rock in Rio festival. The show is broadcast on TV and is also the last show of the Wrecking Ball Tour.

January 14 2014

Bruce releases the album High Hopes, which is an odds and sods compilation of leftover songs and covers from the previous decade. Some of the material is re-recorded or embellished with guitar work by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. A cover of The Saints' "Just Like Fire Would" was recorded in Australia during the Wrecking Ball Tour. The album leaves many fans scratching their heads due to its patchy make-up.

January 26 2014

A couple of weeks after the release of the High Hopes album, Bruce and the E Street Band head to South Africa for their first shows in the country ever and their first appearance on the African continent since the HUman Rights Now! Tour in 1988. The tour may in Bruce's mind be a continuation of the Wrecking Ball Tour, but is in most places referred to as the High Hopes Tour. The band includes Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. Bruce and the band play four shows in South Africa opening all of them with a cover of Jerry Dammers' "Free Nelson Mandela".

February 5 2014

The tour continues with Bruce's second visit to Australia in a year, this time playing 11 shows in three weeks. New Zealand is also added to the tour itinerary for the first time since 2003. Steve Van Zandt is absent during this part of the tour and won't return until the final show in the US in May due to other commmitments.

April 19 2014

Bruce's releases a vinyl EP, American Beauty, for Record Store Day including three previously unreleased songs recorded with the E Street Band.