The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

January 27 1997

The acoustic tour is resumed in Japan for three shows in Tokyo.

February 4 1997

The tour reaches Australia. Ten shows are played in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

February 26 1997

The Ghost of Tom Joad wins a Grammy for "Best Contemporary Folk Album". Bruce performs the title track.

May 5 1997

Bruce receives the Polar Music Prize, a Swedish award which is considered among the finest music awards in the world, on par with the Nobel Prize. The Swedish King hands it over, and in the evening Bruce performs two songs at the official dinner.

May 6 1997

The final leg of the acoustic tour commences in Vienna, Austria.

May 9-10 1997

Bruce performs in Poland for the first time with two shows in Warsaw.

May 12 1997

Bruce performs in Prague, Czech Republic, for the first time and meets with Czech President Havel.

May 22 1997

After his show in Naples, Bruce appears on the theater's balcony and performs "Thunder Road" to the waiting crowd.

May 25-26 1997

The tour ends with two shows in Paris. After its start in 1995 it has gone from dark and gloomy to more of a loose, cheerful atmosphere with Bruce sometimes almost acting like a stand up comedian.

September 4 1997

Bruce performs with the Wallflowers at the MTV Video Awards in Los Angeles.