The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

March 5-6 2012

Wrecking Ball is released in most of the world to much critical acclaim.

March 9 2012

The E Street Band plays its first show without Clarence Clemons. In return, the band now includes a horn section featuring Clarence's nephew Jake Clemons. The show is a benefit for Siriux XM satellite radio and takes place at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City where Bruce has never played before. The show highlights several of the new Wrecking Ball songs as well as a tribute to the soul artists who made the venue famous.

March 15 2012

Bruce delivers the keynote speech at SXSW music festival in Austin, TX. During the hour-long speech he talks about his own career and his influences and gives advice to young musicians. Later that night he and the E Street Band performs a full show at the Moody Theater in Austin as another warm-up for the Wrecking Ball Tour. The show becomes an loose all-star showcase with guest performances by Tom Morello, Eric Burdon, Jimmy Cliff, and Arcade Fire.

March 18 2012

The Wrecking Ball Tour officially kicks off in Atlanta, GA, with a show that's similar to the one performed at the Apollo Theater 9 days previously. Bruce pays tribute to Clarence Clemons by showing a video montage of him in the middle of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", an element of the show that will continue throughout the tour.

May 13 2012

The Wrecking Ball Tour moves to Europe for an extensive leg of stadium, arena, and festival shows.

July 22 2012

Bruce, along with Steve Van Zandt, perform at a televised memorial concert in Oslo, Norway, commemorating the victims of the Ut√łya massacre and bombing in Oslo on July 22, 2011.

July 31 2012

Ending the European tour on the highest note possible, Bruce does his longest show ever in Helsinki, Finland. It clocks in at just over four hours, and that doesn't even include Bruce's surprise acoustic appearance before the actual show, in front of a few early arrivers. The new record length show doesn't come out of nowhere. Several shows on the European tour came close to the four-hour mark and saw a re-energized Bruce who was seemingly in the shape of his lifetime.

September 22-23 2012

The last of three shows at the new MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is postponed several hours due to a heavy thunderstorm. The show finally gets underway and ends well into Bruce's 63rd birthday.

December 10 2012

Bruce plays his first show ever in Mexico at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City.

December 2012

Soon after the last show of 2012, Bruce undergoes major neck surgery to have some cervical discs replaced. The bad discs had caused him numbness in his left arm during the tour.