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.