The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

January 1987

For the third time in a row Bruce is elected Artist of the Year in the Rolling Stone poll.

January 21 1987

Bruce inducts Roy Orbison into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Spring-summer 1987

Bruce works on a follow-up album to Born in the USA in his home studio in Rumson, NJ. Most of the time he works by himself, but members of the E Street Band make individual appearances throughout the sessions, but at no time is the band gathered in the studio together.

October 6 1987

Tunnel of Love is released. The album is a drastic turnaround for Bruce. When he could have made Born in the USA Part II and continued on the high wave he was riding on, he instead turns inward and releases 12 low-key, mature songs about love and relationships. The album sells considerably less than Born in the USA, but nonetheless goes double platinum on its first day of release and is three weeks later number one on the charts.

Fall-winter 1987

Rumors are circulating of a tour. At one point Bruce is considering playing a solo acoustic tour without the E Street Band.