The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

Spring 1976

Bruce hits the road again on what will be known as the "Chicken Scratch Tour", playing small auditoriums in such unlikely places as Durham, NC, Auburn, AL, and Shreveport, LA.

April 29 1976

After a show in Memphis, TN, Bruce and Steve Van Zandt take a cab to Elvis' house, Graceland. Bruce climbs over the wall and attempts to meet Elvis, but a guard shows him the gate.

July 27 1976

Bruce files suit against his manager, Mike Appel, whom he accuses of fraud, among other things. Two days later Mike Appel files countersuit, and the whole thing ends up in a lawsuit which will last until the next spring and which prevents Bruce from entering a recording studio.

Fall-spring 1976

Unable to record new music, Bruce spends the rest of 1976 touring with the band and making guest appearances with Patti Smith, Southside Johnny and others.

February-March 1977

The band is called in for another short, but much-acclaimed tour, which for some of the shows sees the Miami Horns in the lineup. The tour ends with a three-night stand in Boston.

May 28 1977

Bruce and Mike Appel make an out-of-court settlement, which means that Bruce gets full control of his music.

June 1 1977

Bruce enters a studio in New York to begin the recordings of his next album, which will be known as Darkness on the Edge of Town. The sessions will continue through the rest of 1977, only interrupted by an unannounced guest appearance now and then.

March 1978

The recordings of Darkness on the Edge of Town are finalized.

May 23 1978

The Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour begins in Buffalo, NY. To this date the Darkness Tour is perhaps the most legendary of all Springsteen's tours.

June 6 1978

Darkness on the Edge of Town is released.