The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

May 30 2009

Bruce and the band are back in Europe starting out with their first European festival date ever when they conquer the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands. They play their usual set and don't seem to be confined by restrictions on how long they can remain on stage.

June 13 2009

In the middle of the European tour, Bruce and the band head back to the States to perform at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee.

June 27 2009

After a two-week break in the European tour, Bruce is back with a vengeance when he and the band appear for the first time at the Glastonbury Festival in England. Performing on the Pyramid Stage at the legendary festival is one of the biggest honors a band can achieve in Europe, and Bruce works hard to fulfill expectations. And while the set is well received, critical voices believe he should have focused more on his hits than just doing a regular Working on a Dream Tour show. Part of the Glastonbury gig is shown on TV.

June 28 2009

The day after the exhausting Glastonbury gig Bruce is back on stage, this time at the Hard Rock Festival in London where he plays to a humongous crowd. The show is filmed and shown on TV and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.

August 2 2009

The European tour ends in Santiago, Spain. The tour has seen numerous tour premieres and a continuation of the request section to great effect.

August 19 2009

For the second time in a row, Hartford sees the opening show of a US tour leg.

September 20 2009

Chicago becomes the first show of the tour to include a performance of a full album. The chosen album is Born to Run. All but one of the remaining shows of the tour will feature a full album performance. Usually Born to Run, but Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born in the USA, The Wild, the Innocent, Greetings From Asbury Park, and The River get their turns.

September 23 2009

Bruce celebrates his 60th birthday in private.

October 21 2009

Clarence Clemons' autobiography Big Man - Real Life & Tall Tales is published. This is the first time an E Street Band member writes a book about his or her life.

October 26 2009

The show in Kansas City is canceled when Bruce's cousin Lenny Sullivan, who worked as assistant road manager, is found dead in his hotel room.