The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

January 1986

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

January 19 1986

Bruce makes a small-scale return to the stage when he and most of the E Street Band perform at a benefit for the 3M plant in Freehold which is about to be shut down.

February 1986

Bruce turns down a $12 million offer from Chrysler president Lee Iaccoca to use "Born in the USA" in a commercial.

Spring-summer 1986

A live album is in the works, and Bruce spends this time selecting and mixing songs.

October 13 1986

In his first real acoustic gig since 1972, Bruce performs at Neil Young's Bridge Benefit show. He is joined by Danny Federici and Nils Lofgren on accordion and guitar respectively. This is also the first time "Born in the USA" is performed live in its original acoustic blues arrangement.

November 10 1986

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live 1975-85 hits the stores. The five-album live box set recaptures Bruce's career as a performing artist and is met with huge expectations.