The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

April 10 2014

The E Street Band is inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in the "Musical Excellence" category. Bruce delivers the induction speech and perform three songs with them. They are joined by alumnis Vini Lopez and David Sancious.

April-May 2014

The High Hopes Tour continues with 17 shows in the US. When the last note is played in Uncasville on May 18, it marks the end of more than two years of touring with the new incarnation of the E Street Band without Clarence Clemons.

May-June 2014

After the High Hopes Tour Bruce heads to Europe for six weeks with his family to watch his daughter Jessica participate in show jumping competetitions. On May 29 he also performs himself in Lisbon, joining the Rolling Stones at their Rock in Rio show. It is during this vacation that Bruce again suffers from depression, according to his 2016 autobiography.

November-December 2014

After several months of laying low, Bruce resurfaces in November for a couple of benefit shows. In December he substitutes Bono for a World AIDS Day benefit performance on Time Square in New York. Bono is recovering from a bicycle accident, so instead Bruce fronts the rest of U2 for two of their classics. Bruce ends the year by performing in honor of Sting at he Kennedy Center Awards show in Washington DC.

January-May 2015

Bruce starts 2015 like he ended 2014 with assorted benefit performances, including the Light of Day benefit in Asbury Park in January, a Seeger Sessions style performance at the Kristen Ann Carr Foundation benefit in May, and, also in May, at the MusiCares MAP Fund show honoring Pete Townshend of The Who.

December 4 2015

After a few months of hiatus, Bruce releases the long-awaited River box set, which apart from a copy of the original The River album includes a disc of River outtakes, an early, unreleased incarnation of The River album (named The Ties that Bind), three hours of the legendary Tempe 1980 show on DVD, a documentary, and a photo book.

January-April 2016

To everyone's surprise Bruce decides to launch a major tour in support of the new River box set, naming it the River '16 Tour. The shows include a performance of the entire River album plus assorted favorites.

April 23 2016

Following the shocking death of Prince two days previously, Bruce opens the show in Brooklyn, NY, with a heart-wrenching cover of "Purple Rain".

May-July 2016

The River 2016 Tour continues in Europe where, except for a few selected shows, the full-album concept is put to a rest. Instead Bruce and the band play a chunk of the album each night interspersed with both hits, rarities, covers, and requests. The shows become longer and in some cases last 3:30-3:50 hours.

August-September 2016

The River 2016 Tour is back in the US for another three weeks of shows. The River album now plays a very small role, having instead given way to a new concept where Bruce goes back in time playing several songs from the first two albums, including "New York City Serenade" which opens the shows and features a string section. The shows keep getting longer and in a couple of cases reach the four-hour mark, making them the longest shows ever in the US.