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The  Born in the U.S.A. Tour  was the supporting concert tour of  Bruce Springsteen 's  Born in the U.S.A.  album. It was his longest and most successful tour to date. It featured a physically transformed Springsteen; after two years of bodybuilding, the singer had bulked up considerably. The tour was the first since the 1974 portions of the  Born to Run tours without guitarist  Steven Van Zandt , who decided to go solo after recording the album with the group. Van Zandt, who was replaced by  Nils Lofgren , would appear a few times throughout the tour and in some of the music videos to promote the album. It was also the first tour to feature Springsteen's future wife,  Patti Scialfa .

The tour started in June 1984 and went through the United States and to Canada. In March 1985 the tour went to Australia, Japan and Europe. It then headed back for a second leg of the U.S. tour in which Springsteen and the  E Street Band  played to sold-out professional football stadiums. The tour finished in October 1985 in Los Angeles.

The tour grossed $80–90 million overall. Of that, $34 million came from Springsteen's summer 1985 stadium dates in North America. [1]  The  Born in the U.S.A.  album was inside the top 10 of the  Billboard  200 during the entire tour. Springsteen also was enjoying a hit single from the album (there were seven in total) during any moment of the tour. The album along with Springsteen's previous album,  Nebraska , which he did not tour to promote, were performed in their entirety throughout the tour. Total attendance was 3.9 million.

  • 1.1 Special guests
  • 2 Broadcasts and Recordings
  • 3 Postponed dates

Personnel [ ]

  • Bruce Springsteen  – lead vocals, guitars, harmonica
  • Clarence Clemons  – saxophone, congas, percussion, background vocals
  • Garry Tallent  – bass guitar
  • Danny Federici  – organ, glockenspiel, piano, synthesizer
  • Roy Bittan  – piano, synthesizer, background vocals
  • Max Weinberg  – drums
  • Nils Lofgren  – guitars, background vocals
  • Patti Scialfa  – background vocals, synthesizer, tambourine

Special guests [ ]

  • Courteney Cox (6/29/84 – danced with Springsteen on " Dancing in the Dark " which was captured in the music video)
  • J.T. Bowan (8/9/84)
  • John Entwistle (8/11/84)
  • Southside Johnny (8/12/84)
  • Steven Van Zandt  (8/20/84, 12/14/84, 12/16/84, 12/17/84, 7/3/85, 7/4/85, 7/6/85, 7/7/85, 8/22/85)
  • The Miami Horns  (8/19/84, 8/20/84, 9/14/84)
  • Pamela Springsteen (10/22/84 – danced with Bruce on "Dancing in the Dark")
  • Gary U.S. Bonds (1/18/85)
  • Robbin Thompson (1/18/85)
  • Eric Clapton (6/1/85)
  • Pete Townshend (6/1/85)
  • Jon Landau  (9/29/85, 10/2/85)
  • Julianne Philips (10/2/85 – danced with Bruce on "Dancing in the Dark")

Broadcasts and Recordings [ ]

Nearly half of  Live/1975-85  consists of songs from the Born in the U.S.A. Tour, incorporating songs from the August 6, August 19, and August 20 shows in 1984, and the August 19, August 21, and September 30 shows in 1985.

Several shows have been released as part of the Bruce Springsteen Archives:

  • Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984 , released May 13, 2015
  • Brendan Byrne Arena, August 20, 1984 , released March 2, 2018
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sept 27, 1985 , released April 5, 2019
  • Brendan Byrne Arena, August 6, 1984 , released September 18, 2020
  • Giants Stadium, August 22, 1985 released July 23, 2021

Postponed dates [ ]

  • 1 In Concert/MTV Plugged
  • 2 Born In The U.S.A. Tour
  • 3 Cindy Mizelle

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Bruce springsteen is visiting australia on a massive tour.

It’s really happening folks – Bruce Springsteen has confirmed he will be hitting Australian shores for an epic tour.

He’ll no doubt be belting out classics like Born To Run, I’m On Fire and Born In The U.S.A, plus a swag more from his impressive back catalogue. Springsteen is bringing along some equally impressive supports, in the form of Australian rock aficionados Jet and Diesel for limited shows.

Take a trip down memory lane when Springsteen gets hot and heavy at AAMI Park on Thursday February 2 and at Hanging Rock in Mt Macedon on February 11. Tickets on sale via Ticketek .

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Springsteen 'Born in the U.S.A.' global tour's humble start at the Stone Pony

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ASBURY PARK - The "Born in the U.S.A." album, and the lengthy world tour that followed its June 4, 1984 release, would make Bruce Springsteen an international superstar.

The Boss' seventh studio album spawned seven top 10 singles — including "Dancing in the Dark," "Cover Me," "Glory Days"  and "I'm on Fire" — and spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 top album chart, and sold 15 million copies in the U.S. alone. 

The 156-date "Born in the U.S.A." tour was one of the top-grossing tours of the 1980s, taking Springsteen and the band all over the U.S. and Europe and into Australia and Asia. The 1985 stadium leg of the tour saw the band performing before supersized crowds.  

Now, official stats will tell you that the tour began on June 29, 1984, at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, where Springsteen famously pulled a very young Courteney Cox up for a rather awkward dance during "Dancing in the Dark" as part of a Brian DePalma video shoot (the song was actually played twice that night). 

But, in a way, the first gig of the "Born in the U.S.A." tour took place at a much, much smaller venue — the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.

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It was June 8, 1984, a Friday night. The "Born in the U.S.A." album had been released four days before.

John Eddie & The Front Street Runners were the headliner, with The Cruisers opening. Rumors had been flying around the Shore that Springsteen was going to play that night.

Of course, back in those days, Bruce Springsteen playing at the Stone Pony was not unusual; a week before, he had jumped onstage to play four songs with John Eddie. In 1982, Springsteen played 14 times at the Stone Pony as part of his "tour" of Jersey Shore clubs, as you can see in the video below. 

On May 26, 1984, The Boss had played "Dancing in the Dark" for the first time at Club Xanadu — located where Porta is now at the corner of Second Avenue and Kingsley Street — performing the song with the band "Bystander."

If there were rumors of a Bruce appearance June 8, Stone Pony disc jockey Lee Mrowicki had not heard them.

"Definitely it was a best-kept secret because even I was clueless that Bruce was going to play," Mrowicki recalled. I would usually check in at the office after getting to the Pony and then head to my DJ booth to get ready to work. Nothing was mentioned."

Neptune native Billy Smith figured it out as soon as he saw that John Eddie was playing first, and that the Cruisers had been bumped from the bill.

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"When we saw that John was playing first and The Cruisers were getting bumped, we knew that it was going to be an E Street Band show," Smith said.

Mrowicki realized it when the crew began setting up the E Street Band's equipment on the Pony's stage. 

"Once I saw Danny’s organ and glockenspiel was set up onstage, you realized something special was about to happen," Mrowicki said, referring to E Street Band organ player Danny Federici. "But I had to keep playing music like usual, except for one thing; I wasn't going to be playing any Bruce songs in that set like I usually did."

Mrowicki's sets filled with Springsteen songs were a staple of the club at that time.

It was a hot night, and the crowd pressed close against the stage.

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Then the band was ready to go on. Mrowicki prepared to do something he did for every other band that graced the Pony stage.

"I got to introduce Bruce and the E Street Band like any other band that played the Pony," he said. "It might have been the last introduction the band ever got because they really didn't need one anymore."

Bruce and the band took the stage: Clarence Clemons, Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg, Danny Federici, Roy Bittan and a newcomer, Nils Lofgren. Lofgren joined the band for the "Born in the U.S.A." tour after Springsteen's long-time bandmate and blood brother Little Steven Van Zandt decided to leave.

Lofgren had been rehearsing with the E Streeters at the shuttered Big Man's West nightclub on Monmouth Street (owned by Clarence Clemons, it closed early in 1983), since early May.

Patti Scialfa had not yet joined the band; she would come on board only days before the band's St. Paul show.

The band's 12-song set on June 6 included four songs from "Born in the U.S.A.": "Glory Days," "My Hometown," "Darlington County," and the title track. 

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Photos from the night show on the indispensable Brucebase page show a sweaty, newly muscular Springsteen wearing a white T-shirt and a bandana, garb that would become standard Boss-wear during the Born in the U.S.A. tour.

Clemons, also drenched in sweat, wears dark sunglasses while blasting away on his saxophone near the front of the stage.

"Everyone jammed up near the stage and it was incredibly hot in there," Billy Smith said.  

In addition to the four new tracks, the band played favorites like "Thunder Road," "Out in the Street," "Born to Run." and "Promised Land."

Springsteen dedicated "The River" to The Cruisers, the band that was bumped that night by the E Street Band.

Mrowicki noticed that people were running to the phone booths on the boardwalk as soon as they knew Springsteen and the band were making a guest appearance.

"Then I noticed more people were coming in the front door," he said. "So I guess people were spreading the word."  

Two days after appearing with the band for the tour warmup, Springsteen and Nils Lofgren would be back at the Pony, performing five songs with Pony house band Cats on a Smooth Surface.

Bruce and band would play another impromptu rehearsal show before they headed out to conquer the world on the "Born in the U.S.A." tour, but this one would be at a small bar in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Village bar near Clair Brothers Audio, where Bruce and the E Streeters were trying out new sound and light systems for the tour.

The Boss returned to the Stone Pony on August 22 t to perform with La Bamba and the Hubcaps.

Springsteen was returning a favor, in a way, as The Miami Horns, including Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg, Eddie Manion, Mark Pender and Stan Harrison (all also members of the Hubcaps) had guested with Springsteen and the E Street Band on August 20, at the last show of a sold-out, 10-night stand at Brendan Byrne Arena at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford. 

By that time, "Born in the U.S.A." had been at the top of Billboard's album chart for four weeks, before being displaced by another smash hit album, Prince's "Purple Rain." Born in the U.S.A. would again top the charts in January 1985.

"Born in the U.S.A. went nuclear," Springsteen would write in his 2016 autobiography, "Born to Run." "....At 34, I decided to ride it out and enjoy it."

The beginning of that ride was on the Stone Pony stage. 

June 8, 1984 setlist courtesy of Brucebase :

THUNDER ROAD / OUT IN THE STREET / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / GLORY DAYS / THE RIVER / DARLINGTON COUNTY / DANCING IN THE DARK / THE PROMISED LAND / MY HOMETOWN / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BADLANDS / BORN TO RUN.

Were you at the Stone Pony on June 8, 1984? If so I'd love to hear from you. And if you like reading stories about Asbury Park's storied music history, please consider a subscription to the Asbury Park Press.

Jean Mikle covers Toms River and several other Ocean County towns, and has been writing about local government and politics at the Jersey Shore for nearly 35 years. A finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in public service, she's also passionate about the Shore's storied music scene. Contact her: @jeanmikle, 732-643-4050, [email protected].

Born in the U.S.A. Tour

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The Born in the U.S.A. Tour was the supporting concert tour of Bruce Springsteen 's Born in the U.S.A. album. It was his longest and most successful tour to date. It featured a physically transformed Springsteen; after two years of bodybuilding , the singer had bulked up considerably. The tour was the first since the 1974 portions of the Born to Run tours without guitarist Steven Van Zandt , who decided to go solo after recording the album with the group. Van Zandt, who was replaced by Nils Lofgren , would appear a few times throughout the tour and in some of the music videos to promote the album. It was also the first tour to feature Springsteen's future wife, Patti Scialfa .

The tour started in June 1984 and went through the United States and to Canada. In March 1985 the tour went to Australia, Japan and Europe. It then headed back for a second leg of the U.S. tour in which Springsteen and the E Street Band played to sold-out professional football stadiums . The tour finished in October 1985 in Los Angeles.

The tour grossed $80–90   million overall. [1] Of that, $34   million came from Springsteen's summer 1985 stadium dates in North America. [1] The Born in the U.S.A. album was inside the top 10 of the Billboard 200 during the entire tour. Springsteen also was enjoying a hit single from the album (there were seven in total) during any moment of the tour. The album along with Springsteen's previous album, Nebraska , which he did not tour to promote, were performed in their entirety throughout the tour. Total attendance was 3.9   million.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – Born in the USA Tour

The Born in the USA Tour was Bruce Springsteen’s most successful tour to date, supporting his iconic album ‘Born in the USA.’ The tour included performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. It was also the first to feature the future wife of Springsteen, Patti Scialfa.

The tour grossed nearly 90 million dollars and the namesake album was inside the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart for the entirety of the tour. The final four shows of the tour, September 27, 29, 30 & October 2, were held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where they performed crowd-tested classics and premiered new songs like Edwin Starr’s “War.” The cumulative attendance was of the four sold-out Coliseum shows was 322,900.

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Bruce Springsteen photo by Ros O'Gorman

Bruce Springsteen Confirms Australia and New Zealand Tour

by Paul Cashmere on May 25, 2022

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will tour Australia and New Zealand as part of their 2023/2024 World Tour.

While Australian dates are yet to be announced Springsteen told SiriusXM Radio “We’re eventually going to get to Australia and New Zealand, and back around again”.

The immediate timeline for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, according to Bruce is, “We’re going to rehearse in January, start in the States in arenas at the beginning of February, run that through April. Then head over to Europe through the beginning of August, and come back to the States play a few stadium shows outside.

Based on that timeline, expect an Australia and New Zealand announcement soon from Frontier Touring/AEG for the summer of 23/24.

In his SiriusXM interview, Bruce said that “there will be plenty of that when we get on the road” in reference to live material of songs from the recent ‘Letters To You’ rock album but there won’t be anything from the previous acoustic album ‘Western Stars’. “I’d like to keep it a rock show,” he said. “Once you’re out in an arena or stadium, people have come to see a rock ‘n’ roll show… But you never know, something may squeak in there from that record. It’s not impossible. That one, I’m gonna have to wait and see.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band last performed in Auckland, New Zealand on 25 February 2017.

Setlist: Darlington County Working on the Highway Glory Days Johnny 99 Prove It All Night My Love Will Not Let You Down Out in the Street Hungry Heart My City of Ruins Wrecking Ball The River Youngstown American Skin (41 Shots) The Promised Land Candy’s Room Because the Night The Rising Badlands Rosalita

ENCORE: Backstreets Born to Run Dancing in the Dark Tenth Avenue Freeze-out Shout Bobby Jean Thunder Road (solo acoustic)

In a statement he said, “After six years, I’m looking forward to seeing our great and loyal fans next year. And I’m looking forward to once again sharing the stage with the legendary E Street Band. See you out there, next year — and beyond.”

The North American dates in February are yet to be announced. Europe will begin in Barcelona on 28 April followed by more US dates then Australia and New Zealand.

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How ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ Transformed Bruce Springsteen

We expect our musicians to evolve over the course of their career. But few could have predicted the complete transformation made by Bruce Springsteen when his album Born in the U.S.A. was released on June 4, 1984.

Springsteen had kept a relatively low profile since the world tour in support of The River concluded in September 1981. He didn’t return to the road to support his stark, acoustic masterpiece, 1982’s Nebraska . When he did surface, it was usually to sit in with friends at Jersey Shore bars like the Stone Pony or Big Man’s West, which was owned by E Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons .

So, when fans bought Born in the U.S.A. and looked at the photo on its inner sleeve, they could not have been prepared to see that the once-scrawny singer had been hitting the gym. “I was a big fan of meaningless, repetitive behavior,” he said in Peter Ames Carlin’s bio, Bruce . “And what’s more meaningless than lifting a heavy object and then putting it down in the same place that you found it? There are probably other psychological reasons behind it, but otherwise it was a perfect match for me. The Sisyphean aspect of it just completely suited my personality.”

It wasn’t just Springsteen’s appearance that had changed. As nearly every other rock act was doing at the time, synthesizers were brought in to help modernize the sound of the E Street Band. And while they dominate some songs, like "Born in the U.S.A.," "Dancing in the Dark" and "My Hometown," for the most part Roy Bittan ’s keyboards blend well with Danny Federici’s Hammond organ. Coupled with a shiny mix by Bob Clearmountain, the songs on Born in the U.S.A. fit perfectly on the radio at the time, even if some of the sounds Bittan used haven’t aged particularly well.

As bright as the finished product was, the recording of it was anything but. Brucebase says that at least 86 songs were recorded in four sets of sessions spanning 13 months. The first round took place from January through May 1982. This was the infamous “Electric Nebraska” period where Springsteen was unable to capture the same emotions with the band as he did on the acoustic demos he had recorded on Jan. 3, 1982. Instead, he had engineer Toby Scott clean up the cassette tape as best as he could, and it was released that September. The full-band versions of the Nebraska material still have yet to surface on any bootleg.

That doesn’t mean the sessions were completely fruitless. The entire first side of the album – "Born in the U.S.A.," "Cover Me," "Darlington County," "Working on the Highway," "Downbound Train" and "I’m on Fire" – plus "I’m Goin’ Down" and "Glory Days," were cut during those four months.

Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform ‘I’m Goin’ Down’

Recording stopped after Springsteen made the decision to put out the Nebraska demo tape. After its release, he retreated to his recently purchased house in Los Angeles. A few weeks into 1983, he spent three months cutting another batch of songs with just him and a drum machine. He considered fashioning an album out of the roughly two dozen songs as sort of a sequel to Nebraska , but realized the effect it would have on his band. None of the tracks from this time made it on to the record, but "Shut Out the Light" and "Johnny Bye-Bye" wound up as b-sides.

He reconvened the E Street Band in New York in May for another month of sessions. These were a little more productive, with "My Hometown" making the final cut and "Pink Cadillac," "Stand on It," and "Janey Don’t You Lose Heart" also eventually being used as B-sides.

A handful of one-off sessions in late 1983 produced "Bobby Jean" and "No Surrender." By February 1984, they had enough for a full release – and the outtakes that surfaced on Tracks and the bonus disc on The Essential Bruce Springsteen showed that there was more than enough stellar material in the can – but there was still something missing: the sure-fire hit single. Manager Jon Landau did his time-honored duty, and demanded that his client write something that would guarantee radio airplay.

Furious that nothing was good enough, Springsteen channeled all of his frustrations onto the page. But it worked. "Dancing in the Dark," with its synth hook and rock-solid groove, was exactly what Landau wanted and the last track recorded for the album. Now it was time to figure out which songs to make the final cut.

“I had an idea – and it was an idea that I had been working on for several records," Springsteen told Carlin. "I was a strange product of Elvis [Presley] and Woody Guthrie , and I pursued the pink Cadillac in my own way, but I was fascinated by people who had become a voice for their moment. Elvis, Woody Guthrie, Curtis Mayfield , Bob Dylan , of course. I don’t know if I felt I had a capacity for it or just willed my way in that direction, but it was something I was interested in. Probably because it was all caught up in my identity. You cannot figure out who you are if you don’t understand where you come from, what were the forces that work on your life as a child, as a teenager and as a young man. What part do you have to play? How do you empower yourself?”

It’s a stretch to call Born in the U.S.A. a concept album, but it’s clear that the 12 tracks were chosen because of the way they fit together. Personal, social and sexual politics often intertwine within the songs, from the cheap-thrill seekers who run afoul of the law in "Darlington County" to the economic hardships that end a relationship in "Downbound Train."

Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform  ‘Downbound Train’

Knowing he had a blockbuster on his hands, Landau worked with Columbia on the marketing plan. He wanted – and got – a treatment similar to what had brought Michael Jackson ’s Thriller to unprecedented sales. That meant a two-year campaign with a new single every three months, beginning with "Dancing in the Dark." Released on May 4, the song was, by the summer, the No. 2 single on the Billboard Hot 100, kept out of the top spot for four weeks by Prince ’s "When Doves Cry."

With a smash hit single on his hands, Bruce Springsteen was set to begin a lengthy tour. But the E Street Band had a transformation of its own when Springsteen’s longtime friend, guitarist and co-producer Steve Van Zandt , left the group during the recording of the album. He did this partially to pursue a solo career, but also because he felt his role as one of Springsteen’s two chief sounding boards – the other being Landau – had been marginalized. “Jon on his right and me on his left,” he told Carlin. “Jon representing the career, the business, the narrative end. Me representing rock n’ roll, the street, where it was coming from. A healthy balance, and it proved to be quite successful. … All of a sudden, I could tell he wasn’t hearing me – and I thought the way to preserve the friendship was to leave. “

Van Zandt was replaced by Nils Lofgren , a guitar wizard who had played with Neil Young and fronted his own critically acclaimed band, Grin. To cover the bulk of Van Zandt’s vocals, he brought in Patti Scialfa, a mainstay of the Asbury Park scene who had auditioned for a Springsteen offshoot called Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom back in 1971.

“She busted the boy's club, big time,” Springsteen said when he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. “It went like this, ‘OK, fellas. There's gonna be a woman in the band. We need someone to sing all the high parts. How complicated can it get?’ Well, a nice paparazzi photo of me in my jockey shorts on a balcony in Rome, 10 of the best years of my life, Evan, Jesse, Sam — three children genealogically linked to the E Street band – tells the rest of the story. Everybody wants to know how I feel about the band. Hell, I married one of 'em.”

As much as that sounds like it was a seamless transition — despite the eventual affair — Springsteen admitted when he inducted the E Street Band into the Hall 15 years later that he had some reservations about bringing a woman into the group.

“Her entrance freaked us out so much that opening night of the Born in the U.S.A. tour, I asked her to come into my dressing room and see what she was gonna wear! So, she had on kind of a slightly feminine T-shirt and I stood there, sort of sweating. At my feet, I had a little luggage bag that I carried with me, and I kicked it over. It was full of all my smelly, sweaty T-shirts and I said, “Just pick one of these. It’ll be fine.”

Watch Bruce Springsteen's Video for  'Dancing in the Dark'

The tour began at the end of June in St. Paul, Minn. The opening show also served as the shoot for the "Dancing in the Dark" video, which featured then-unknown actress Courteney Cox getting pulled out of the crowd to dance with Springsteen. A week later, Born in the U.S.A. was the No. 1 album in the country, where it would stay for four weeks. Everything seemed to be going according to the schedule, but Springsteen would soon find himself at the heart of the debate about what it means to be an American.

Drummer Max Weinberg, a political news junkie, invited the panel of ABC’s This Week with David Brinkley  to a show in late-August at the Capital Centre just outside Washington, D.C. Conservative George Will was the only member who accepted. Two weeks later, he devoted his nationally syndicated column to what he saw. “I have not got a clue about Springsteen's politics, if any,” he wrote. “But flags get waved at his concerts while he sings songs about hard times. He is no whiner, and the recitation of closed factories and other problems always seems punctuated by a grand, cheerful affirmation: 'Born in the U.S.A.!'"

Will was right about some things. Springsteen’s characters didn’t whine about their plights. They simply asked for a fair shot at the American Dream, and had reacted in kind when it was denied. But his biggest mistake was in his use of the phrase, “grand, cheerful affirmation.” The main character of "Born in the U.S.A." may have accepted his 10-year jail sentence, but the chorus was a shout of anger at a country that had turned its back on those who had sacrificed for it. To not acknowledge this was, at best, a simple misinterpretation; at worst, it was a politically motivated lie.

Then-President Ronald Reagan’s speechwriters immediately saw an opportunity to capitalize on Will’s column. At a re-election campaign stop in Hammonton, N.J. a week later, Reagan invoked the name of the state’s favorite son. “America's future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts,” he said. “It rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire: New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen. And helping you make those dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about.”

Watch Ronald Reagan Mention Bruce Springsteen

It was a masterstroke of politics. Without seeking Springsteen’s endorsement – which he was never going to get – or even probably knowing a single song of his, Reagan's message was clear: if you like Bruce Springsteen's music, vote for me.

For most of his life, Springsteen had stayed away from making his political views known. The exceptions were a benefit for George McGovern in 1972 – before he was famous – and the " No Nukes " concert at Madison Square Garden in 1979. But now he had no choice but to enter the fray.

Two days later, during a concert in Pittsburgh, Springsteen said: “The President was mentioning my name the other day, and I kinda got to wondering what his favorite album must've been. I don't think it was the Nebraska album. I don't think he's been listening to this one.” He then performed "Johnny 99," which is about a laid-off auto worker who gets drunk and goes on a crime spree.

The campaign of Democratic nominee Walter Mondale seized on the moment by claiming that the former vice president had Springsteen’s endorsement. When the Springsteen camp issued a denial, Mondale retracted. Springsteen wouldn’t openly become involved in presidential politics until 2004.

Still, it made sense for both candidates to get Springsteen’s approval. After all, the recently concluded Summer Olympics in Los Angeles had been a blowout for the American athletes – mostly due to the boycott of the majority of the Eastern Bloc countries – and jingoism was rampant. With both candidates looking for symbols that defined America, they only needed to look as far the T-shirt-and-Levi’s-wearing man who posed in front of the flag.

But that show in Pittsburgh introduced a new element into the Springsteen live experience. He donated $10,000 to a local food bank that had been established to provide food to steelworkers who had lost their jobs. To this day, Springsteen partners with food banks wherever he plays, giving them table space in arenas, informing the crowd of their work and making his own contribution.

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The release of Born in the U.S.A. 's title track as a single in late 1984 helped pushed the album back into the top in mid-January 1985. (Prince’s Purple Rain had held the No. 1 spot since unseating Springsteen in early August.) Later that week, the U.S. leg of the tour ended in Syracuse, after which Springsteen flew to Los Angeles to participate in the all-star " We Are the World " project.

Springsteen’s new-found global fame took him to Australia and Japan across March and April. Shortly after returning to the United States, he made headlines again. But it wasn’t for his music. Bruce Springsteen had gotten married.

He had met Julianne Phillips, a former model and aspiring actress, the previous October when the tour reached Los Angeles. A whirlwind romance, which somehow managed to stay out of the tabloids, followed, and on May 13, they tied the knot in secret at her hometown of Lake Oswego, Ore. A couple of weeks later, the album’s fifth single, "Glory Days," was released, eventually reaching No. 5. The video featured an appearance by Phillips at the very end.

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When the tour reached Europe that summer, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band made the jump from arenas to stadiums, and did the same when they returned to the U.S. in August for two more months of shows. By the time the dust settled, Born in the U.S.A. had sold 15 million copies, with all seven of its singles hitting the Top 10 (not to mention "We Are the World," which hit No. 1).

In nearly four years from the first recording sessions to when "My Hometown" fell off the charts, Springsteen had gone from a successful musician to one of the biggest pops star in the world. (Only Jackson and possibly Prince were more popular.) But the transformation came with consequences. His difficulty in adjusting to his fame would, by decade’s end, result in the dissolution of both his marriage – due to the aforementioned “ photo of me in my jockey shorts on a balcony in Rome ” – and (temporarily) his band .

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Urgent new Bruce Springsteen ‘curfew’ alert for thousands of fans as gig boss reveals why he’s ‘insurance man’s dream’

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BRUCE Springsteen will have played to a million Irish fans after his final Irish date in Croke Park next month, his promoter said.

Peter Aiken said the numbers have been stacking up since The Boss began rocking supporters here at Slane Castle in 1985.

Bruce Springsteen will have played to a million Irish fans after his final Irish date next month

He told The Irish Sun: “There are very few acts who can sell a million tickets in just one country.

“ In the last 12 months alone Bruce has sold 350,000 tickets in Ireland which is incredible.

“That’s including the RDS last year and the dates in Ireland this year which are all sold out.”

He said: “The best thing about Bruce is that he plays thousands of thousands of shows but he only ever cancels three or four shows. So he’s an insurance man’s dream .”

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Aiken spoke at a press conference in Croke Park today ahead of the Born in the USA singer’s monster Sunday May 19 sellout show.

Springsteen will take to the stage at 7pm sharp that evening to blast out a three hour set backed by a seventeen-piece band.

A strict curfew says he must pull the plug at 10.30pm, although Aiken said he won’t be the one to tell the legendary singer to call it off if he strays over the line.

He told us: “No, I’m a fan. I wouldn’t tell Bruce to get off.”

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Shane Mates, head of operations with Aiken Promotions, added: “Bruce’s curfew is definitely 10.30pm and he will be sticking to that.

“That’s why we start the concert so early with Bruce on stage at 7pm so there are no overruns and it never goes past 10.30pm.”

Meanwhile concert boss Peter Aiken said he was in awe of the 74-year-old for continuing to thrill fans.

He said: “Bruce is in Europe for six weeks to do 22 shows. That’s tough going.

'Tough going'

“Its doesn’t matter whether you’re flying in a private plane or staying in the best hotels, it’s still tough going.

“Being away from home for that length of time is tonight. But this is what he has been doing since he was 16.

“Every night he goes on he wants to make it special.”

Despite playing football stadiums and arenas across the US, Aiken said Bruce was staggered by the size of Croke Park when he first came here.

GAA-mazement

He said: “Bruce called me on stage during the soundcheck and said ‘what do they play here?'

“I said ‘GAA’ and Bruce said, ‘What’s that?’

“I told him, ‘It’s Irish football, the biggest amateur game in the world.’

“Bruce was amazed and said ‘And they fill this out?’ and I said ‘Yes, four or five times a year’ and he asked ‘what do they charge’ and I said ‘90 bucks.’

Youngest audiences

“Bruce said ‘and the players don’t get paid?’ I said ‘Yes.’”

The promoter also revealed that some of the youngest audiences Bruce will play to on his European tour are in Ireland.

He said: “I think the young kids hear Bruce playing in their parents’ car.

“At first they tell them to turn it down but then the kids get to like Bruce.”

Gates at Croke Park will open at 5pm on Sunday May 19, with no queuing allowed.

Punters are encouraged to use public transport as with the concert taking place especially strict parking restrictions apply.

Promoters have met with local residents to go over any concerns.

That has already resulted in extra mobile toilets being laid on outside the stadium.

A full-time resident liaison officer will be working on the night with a special residents’ hotline in case locals have concerns.

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Why 'Born in the U.S.A.' is the one Springsteen hit missing from fan movie 'Blinded by the Light'

There were so many Bruce Springsteen songs licensed for Blinded by the Light — the new coming-of-age crowdpleaser about a British Muslim teen whose life forever changes when he's introduced to "The Boss" — that the soundtrack isn't all that dissimilar from what an actual Bruce Springsteen biopic would sound like.

"Dancing in the Dark." "Badlands." "Born to Run." "Hungry Heart." "Because the Night." And on and on.

There is one noticeable mega-hit missing, though, Springsteen's 1984 rock anthem "Born in the U.S.A."

And there's a simple reason for that, according to writer-director Gurinder Chadha ( Bend It Like Beckham ) and Sarfraz Manzoor , the co-writer whose real-life story the film (starring Viveik Kalra as Javed Khan) is based on.

"There was no place for it," Chadha told Yahoo Entertainment (watch above). "Every song that was selected in the film had to be in the film because it referenced Javed's journey. It was the narrative of the film. We could've played lots of other songs. There are songs that we both love that we wish were there."

That's not to say "Born in the U.S.A." doesn't have a presence in the film. When told by a friend he should listening be listening to British music instead of something so "American," Javed laments the fact that the song isn't the rah-rah, patriotic love letter to the stars and stripes that many assume it is.

"It was important to us because 'Born in the U.S.A.' is seen as meaning something completely opposite to what it is," Chadha explained.

"That was a common misapprehension that people had about the film," Manzoor added. "[President] Ronald Reagan famously quoted him, but not really understanding what the music was about."

Beyond the memorable chorus, the song's sociopolitical lyrics actually deal with the hardships faced by Vietnam vets returning to a country that wasn't supporting them.

"In truth, I think that misunderstanding paid a lot of my bills," Springsteen's longtime E Street Band collaborator Steven Van Zandt recently told Yahoo. "Bruce did call Reagan's people and said, 'Stop using the song.' Because it was becoming embarrassing … for them, if you actually read the lyrics."

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Bruce Springsteen Thanks U.S. Audiences, Playfully Warns European Fans, “We’re Coming to Get Ya!”

B ruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrapped up the first two scheduled U.S. legs of their 2024 world tour with a show in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, April 21, and now the Boss and his group are preparing to launch a European trek in early May.

Springsteen has posted a couple of videos on his social media sites in which he sends out messages to his fans across the pond and to those who came to see his recent stateside concerts.

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In the first clip , Springsteen is captured walking offstage at what apparently was the end of his performance in Columbus.

“How sweet it is! How sweet it is!” the Boss yells into the camera as he rubs some moisturizer on his hands. “All right! I’m walking off stage from my last American show, but I want you to know that we, the E Street Band, are coming to Europe! We’re coming to get ya. We’re coming to rock you into the ground. We’re gonna get it! See you soon.”

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Springsteen then claps his hands and walks away into the backstage area of the venue. The video then shows a poster featuring all of the upcoming European dates.

Springsteens Message to U.S. Fans

The second clip features Springsteen standing outside of a house or cabin that may be part of his New Jersey residence.

“I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of our American fans for this last stretch of shows we’ve played here in the States,” he says. “We had so many good shows, and so many great audiences. It was really wonderful.”

The Boss then addresses the fact that he and the E Street Band had to postpone many tour dates last year because he needed to be treated for peptic ulcer disease.

“Thank you for your understanding and patience with our cancellations,” he notes. “Deeply appreciate it.”

Bruce adds, “We just couldn’t have had a better time here in the United States. God bless. We’re heading to Europe. We’ll see you when we get back.”

As with several other recent videos posted on Springsteen’s socials, the new clips were shot by his sister, lauded rock photographer Pamela Springsteen.

Springsteen’s Upcoming Tour Plans

Springsteen and the E Street Band’s European tour leg runs from a May 5 concert in Cardiff, Wales, through a July 27 show in London. Besides the U.K., Bruce and the gang will visit Ireland, France, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway.

Springsteen and the E Street Band will then mount a second U.S. leg in August and September, followed by a Canadian trek that runs from late October to late November. Visit BruceSpringsteen.net to check out his full itinerary.

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