Born in the U.S.A. Tour

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Born in the U.S.A. Tour
Tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Associated album Born in the U.S.A.
Start date June 29, 1984
End date October 2, 1985
Legs 4
Shows 156
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert chronology
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The Born in the U.S.A. Tour was the supporting concert tour of Bruce Springsteen's massively popular 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 Born to Run tour 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 stateside and to Canada. In March 1985 the tour went to Australia, Japan and Europe. It then headed back a second leg of the U.S. in which Springsteen and the E Street Band played out to sold out professional football stadiums. The tour finally wound down in October 1985 in Los Angeles.

The tour grossed between $80–90 million overall.[1] Of that, $34 million came from Springsteen's summer 1985 stadium dates in North America.[1] It is particularly notable that Springsteen had the Born in the U.S.A. album inside the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 during the entire tour. He 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.

Tour highlights[edit]

  • July 12, East Troy, Wisconsin- A Born in the U.S.A. outtake called "Man at the Top" was played live for the first time. It would be officially released 14 years later, on the Tracks album, in a different arrangement.
  • August 25–29, Landover, Maryland- Springsteen played four shows over six nights here. "Be True" made its first live appearance on August 26. George Will attended one of these shows, inspiring him to write a column extolling Springsteen as an exemplar of patriotic values.
  • October 19, Tacoma, Washington- For the first time since 1974, the Bruce classic "Rosalita" was not played. It would be played infrequently on the rest of the tour.
  • November 16, Ames, Iowa- The Born in the U.S.A. outtake "Sugarland", made its debut.
  • December 6, Birmingham, Alabama - The Birmingham, Alabama show at the BJCC Coliseum is notable for being the only show of the entire Born In The USA tour to not sell out.
  • March 21, Sydney, Australia- Springsteen played the first of eight Australian concerts.
  • April 10, Tokyo, Japan- The first of eight Japanese shows, the only time Springsteen and the E Street Band have ever fronted a tour in Japan.
  • August 18, East Rutherford, New Jersey- Springsteen played his first concert ever at Giants Stadium, a venue he would visit many more times throughout his career, and which would eventually become the subject of his song "Wrecking Ball" 25 years later. This show was the first of six at the stadium on this tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
First leg: North America
June 29, 1984 Saint Paul, Minnesota United States St. Paul Civic Center
July 1, 1984
July 2, 1984
July 5, 1984 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverfront Coliseum
July 6, 1984
July 8, 1984 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
July 9, 1984
July 12, 1984 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 13, 1984
July 15, 1984 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
July 17, 1984
July 18, 1984
July 21, 1984 Montreal, Quebec Canada Montreal Forum
July 23, 1984 Toronto, Ontario CNE Grandstand
July 24, 1984
July 26, 1984
July 27, 1984 Saratoga Springs, New York United States Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 30, 1984 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
July 31, 1984
August 5, 1984 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena
August 6, 1984
August 8, 1984
August 9, 1984
August 11, 1984
August 12, 1984
August 16, 1984
August 17, 1984
August 19, 1984
August 20, 1984
August 25, 1984 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
August 26, 1984
August 28, 1984
August 29, 1984
September 4, 1984 Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester Centrum
September 5, 1984
September 7, 1984 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center
September 8, 1984
September 11, 1984 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
September 12, 1984
September 14, 1984
September 15, 1984
September 17, 1984
September 18, 1984
September 21, 1984 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena
September 22, 1984
September 24, 1984 Buffalo, New York Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
September 25, 1984
October 15, 1984 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Pacific Coliseum
October 17, 1984 Tacoma, Washington United States Tacoma Dome
October 19, 1984
October 21, 1984 Oakland, California Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
October 22, 1984
October 25, 1984 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Sports Arena
October 26, 1984
October 28, 1984
October 29, 1984
October 31, 1984
November 2, 1984
November 4, 1984
November 8, 1984 Tempe, Arizona Arizona State University Activity Center
November 11, 1984 Denver, Colorado McNichols Sports Arena
November 12, 1984
November 15, 1984 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena
November 16, 1984 Ames, Iowa Hilton Coliseum
November 18, 1984 Lincoln, Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports Center
November 19, 1984 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
November 23, 1984 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center
November 25, 1984 Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena
November 26, 1984
November 29, 1984 Houston, Texas The Summit
November 30, 1984
December 2, 1984 Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU Assembly Center
December 6, 1984 Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center
December 7, 1984 Tallahassee, Florida Leon County Civic Center
December 9, 1984 Murfreesboro, Tennessee Murphy Center
December 11, 1984 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
December 13, 1984 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
December 14, 1984
December 16, 1984 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni
December 17, 1984
January 4, 1985 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum
January 5, 1985
January 7, 1985 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
January 8, 1985
January 10, 1985 Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall
January 13, 1985 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum
January 15, 1985 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
January 16, 1985
January 18, 1985 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum
January 19, 1985
January 23, 1985 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center
January 24, 1985
January 26, 1985 Syracuse, New York Carrier Dome
January 27, 1985
Second leg: Asia/Australia
March 21, 1985 Sydney Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre
March 23, 1985
March 24, 1985
March 27, 1985
March 28, 1985
March 31, 1985 Brisbane Queen Elizabeth II Stadium
April 3, 1985 Melbourne Royal Melbourne Showgrounds
April 4, 1985
April 10, 1985 Tokyo Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium
April 11, 1985
April 13, 1985
April 15, 1985
April 16, 1985
April 19, 1985 Kyoto Kyoto Furitsu Taiikukan
April 22, 1985 Osaka Osaka-jo Hall
April 23, 1985
Third leg: Europe
June 1, 1985 Meath Ireland Slane Castle
June 4, 1985 Newcastle United Kingdom St. James' Park
June 5, 1985
June 8, 1985 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi Stadium
June 9, 1985
June 12, 1985 Rotterdam Netherlands Feijenoord Stadium
June 13, 1985
June 15, 1985 Frankfurt West Germany Waldstadion
June 18, 1985 Munich Olympiastadion
June 21, 1985 Milan Italy San Siro
June 23, 1985 Montpellier France Stade Richter
June 25, 1985 St. Etienne Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
June 29, 1985 Paris Parc de La Courneuve
June 30, 1985
July 3, 1985 London United Kingdom Wembley Stadium
July 4, 1985
July 6, 1985
July 7, 1985 Leeds Roundhay Park
Fourth leg: North America
August 5, 1985 Washington, D.C. United States Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
August 7, 1985 Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Municipal Stadium
August 9, 1985 Chicago, Illinois Soldier Field
August 11, 1985 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Three Rivers Stadium
August 14, 1985 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Veterans Stadium
August 15, 1985
August 18, 1985 East Rutherford, New Jersey Giants Stadium
August 19, 1985
August 21, 1985
August 22, 1985
August 26, 1985 Toronto, Ontario Canada Exhibition Stadium
August 27, 1985
August 31, 1985 East Rutherford, New Jersey United States Giants Stadium
September 1, 1985
September 4, 1985 Pontiac, Michigan Pontiac Silverdome
September 6, 1985 Indianapolis, Indiana Hoosier Dome
September 9, 1985 Miami, Florida Orange Bowl Stadium
September 10, 1985
September 13, 1985 Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl
September 14, 1985
September 18, 1985 Oakland, California Oakland-Alameda Coliseum
September 19, 1985
September 23, 1985 Denver, Colorado Mile High Stadium
September 24, 1985
September 27, 1985 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
September 29, 1985
September 30, 1985
October 2, 1985

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