The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

February 26 1999

Bruce performs "Working on the Highway" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien before taking the house band's drummer, E Streeter Max Weinberg, back with him to New Jersey for the tour rehearsals.

March 1999

Rehearsals for the tour take place at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Steve Van Zandt is now again an official member of the band.

March 15 1999

Bruce is inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Bono of U2 gives the induction speech and Bruce himself calls the entire E Street Band onstage to share the big moment. Later that evening they perform four songs for the crowd. This is the band's first performance for an audience since September 1995.

March 18-19 1999

Bruce and the E Street Band perform two rehearsal shows at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park. These are the first public admission shows they do as the headliner since 1988. Bruce calls the shows "the rebirth of the E Street Band".

April 9 1999

The tour begins for real in Barcelona, Spain, in the first official E Street Band show since 1988.

April-June 1999

The E Street Band tour rolls through Europe playing 36 shows in 26 cities.

July 15 1999

A stand of 15 sold-out homecoming shows at the Meadowlands in New Jersey begins. During the stand an anonymous fan becomes the one millionth person to see Bruce in this arena since it was opened in 1981.

August-September 1999

The tour continues from New Jersey to selected cities on the East Coast. The multiple night stands during this part of the tour give Bruce the opportunity to debut countless songs, many of which have not been played since the Eighties or Seventies if at all.

September 23 1999

Bruce turns 50 years old.

October-November 1999

The final stages of the 1999 US tour are spent on the West Coast and in the Mid-West. After a three-night stand in Oakland, Patti Scialfa perforates an ear drum on a plane flight and misses the next couple of weeks of the tour.