1949 1957 1962 1965 1966 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 February 19-20 2003 Bruce does two solo acoustic shows in Somerville, MA, benefitting DoubleTake magazine. The shows see an unusually talkative Bruce who even takes time to answer questions from the audience after his set. Unfortunately, the Q&A section is cut short the second night due to some particularly bad questions, but over the two nights he still shows some new sides of himself and reveals a lot of things about his song-writing and his career. February 28 2003 The Rising Tour gets back on track in Duluth, GA, after the winter break. The next two weeks of shows take place in smaller arenas in unusual markets such as Richmond, where Bruce hasn't played since the early Seventies, and Atlantic City, where he has never played before. March 20-28 2003 For the first time since 1985 Bruce and the E Street Band perform in Australia. The Down Under trip ends with a first-ever show in New Zealand. April 2003 The tour is back in North America with several shows in Canada. May-June 2003 An extensive stadium tour of Europe commences in Rotterdam and ends in Milan. Along the way, the band stops by Finland for the first time ever. July-September 2003 The first stadium tour in North America since 1985. This part of the tour includes no less than 10 officially sold-out shows at Giants Stadium, NJ, and also sees Bruce and the band play baseball stadiums for the first time. October 1-4 2003 Three shows at Shea Stadium in New York wrap up the Rising Tour. The 120-show tour has broken all records with a gross of approximately $120 million. As the tour neared its conclusion, fans have seen a more and more political Bruce in both song selection and stage raps, with each night featuring a "public service announcement" urging people to demand truth from their leaders, a reference to the Bush government and the war in Iraq. November 11 2003 The Essential Bruce Springsteen is released. It includes a bonus disc with, for the most part, previously unreleased material. November 18 2003 The Live in Barcelona DVD is released. This is the first complete Bruce Springsteen concert ever released in any format. December 5-8 2003 The third almost-annual batch of holiday shows takes place at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Again Bruce and the guest artists are backed by the Max Weinberg 7. One of the shows is postponed one day due to a snow storm.