The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

March 31 1985

The show in Brisbane, Australia, is the band's first real outdoor stadium show.

April 4-22 1985

The band heads to Tokyo for their first shows in "The Land of the Rising Sun". They play eight shows there.

May 13 1985

Back in the States again, Bruce marries actress Julianne Philips in a private ceremony in Oregon.

June 1 1985

The European leg of the tour commences at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland, a huge outdoor park area where upward of 100,000 people attend. Bruce, not used to playing under those circumstances, brings the show to frequent halts to calm people down. The show is a good example of the Brucemania going through Europe this summer.

July 4 1985

On Independence Day the band performs one of three shows for 70,000 people at London's Wembley Stadium. The show opens with an acoustic "Independence Day" and is later blessed with the appearance of Steve Van Zandt, now known as Little Steven.

August 5 1985

The final leg of the Born in the USA Tour is a stretch of stadium shows in the US, beginning in Washington DC.

August-September 1985

Bruce plays eight shows at New Jersey's Giants Stadium, each being attended by sold out crowds of 80,000 people.

August 30 1985

Bruce lends his voice to Little Steven's anti-apartheid song "Sun City" along with many other stars.

September 27-October 1 1985

The Born in the USA Tour ends with four shows at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. The last one features an hour-long set of encores closing with "Glory Days". The 15-month tour has from start to finish been one long triumph establishing Bruce as the biggest rock superstar on Earth, only rivaled by Michael Jackson and Prince.

January 1986

Again Bruce is elected Artist of the Year in Rolling Stone's poll, just as he wins just about every other category.