The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

September 1980

The recordings for The River, which have been continuing throughout 1980, finally end after more than 60 songs have been finished.

October 3 1980

The River Tour begins in Ann Arbor, MI. As has become Bruce's habit, the album has not even been released yet. The tour will be characterized by incredibly long shows, usually with more than 30 songs and lasting well over three hours, sometimes closer to four hours.

October 17 1980

The River is released as a double album.

November 8 1980

The River becomes Bruce's first number one album on Billboard's chart.

November 15 1980

The "Hungry Heart" single becomes Bruce's first Top 10 hit on Billboard's chart when it reaches number 5.

December 31 1980

The band ends a three-night stand at Nassau Coliseum in New York with a New Year's Eve show which, until some of the marathon shows of the 2012 European Wrecking Ball Tour, ranked as Bruce's longest show ever, lasting close to four hours and containing 38 songs.