The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

June 29 1984

The Born in the USA Tour begins in St. Paul, MN. Steve Van Zandt is officially out of the band and has been replaced by Nils Lofgren. The band has also been expanded with backup singer Patti Scialfa.

July 7 1984

Born in the USA goes number one on the Billboard chart. It will stay there for seven weeks and stay in the Top 10 for an incredible 85 weeks in total.

August 5-20 1984

Ten shows at the Meadowlands in New Jersey mark the homecoming of the Born in the USA Tour. The shows are of course sold out in a matter of hours, as are all the other shows on the tour. The last of the ten shows, a 33-song, four-hour marathon, is further fueled in intensity by the appearances of both the Miami Horns and Miami Steve Van Zandt.

September 19 1984

President Reagan mentions Bruce in a campaign speech in Hammonton, NJ. A couple of days later Bruce makes a bitter reply from a concert stage in Pittsburgh. From then on he also makes a point of supporting local food banks and other organizations working for the homeless wherever the tour brings them.

October 19 1984

The show in Tacoma, WA, is the first one since 1974 which does not include "Rosalita".

Fall 1984

Bruce and the band tour the US and Canada for the rest of the year.

January 28 1985

"Dancing in the Dark" wins Bruce his first Grammy Award for best pop/rock single, but he is not in attendance himself.

January 28-29 1985

Bruce participates in the "We Are the World" recording session.

February 28 1985

Bruce wins most categories in which he is eligible in Rolling Stone's annual poll.

March 21 1985

Bruce and the band perform their first show in Australia. The show is the first of eight shows Down Under. This is also the place where he receives the first bad press of the tour when Australian journalists write about being pushed away by Bruce's bodyguards during the band's arrival in the airport.