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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.

Personnel[]

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
Date City Country Venue
June 29, July 1-2, 1984 St. Paul, MN North America St. Paul Civic Center
July 5-6, 1984 Cincinnati, OH North America Riverfront Coliseum
July 8-9, 1984 Richfield, OH North America Richfield Coliseum
July 12-13, 1984 East Troy, WI North America Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 15, 17-18, 1984 Rosemont, IL North America Rosemont Horizon
July 21, 1984 Montreal Canada Montreal Fourm
July 23-24, 26, 1984 Toronto Canada CNE Stadium
July 27, 1984 Saratoga Springs, NY North America Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 30-31, 1984 Detroit, MI North America Joe Louis Arena
August 5-6, 8-9, 11-12, 16-17, 19-20, 1984 East Rutherford, NJ North America Brendan Byrne Arena
August 25-26, 28-29, 1984 Landover, MD North America Capital Centre
September 4-5, 1984 Worecester, MA North America Centrum In Worcester
September 7-8, 1984 Hartford, CT North America Hartford Civic Center
September 11-12, 14-15, 17-18, 1984 Philadelphia, PA North America The Spectrum
September 21-22, 1984 Pittsburgh, PA North America Civic Arena
September 24-25, 1984 Buffalo, NY North America Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
October 15, 1984 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
October 17, 19, 1984 Tacoma, WA North America Tacoma Dome
October 21-22, 1984 Oakland, CA North America Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
October 25-26, 28-29, 31, November 2, 4, 1984 Los Angeles, CA North America Los Angeles Sports Arena
November 8, 1984 Tempe, AZ North America ASU Activity Center
November 11-12, 1984 Denver, CO North America McNichols Sports Arena
November 15, 1984 St. Louis, MO North America St. Louis Arena
November 16, 1984 Ames, IA North America Hilton Coliseum
November 18, 1984 Lincoln, NB North America Bob Devaney Sports Center
November 19, 1984 Kansas City, MO North America Kemper Arena
November 23, 1984 Austin, TX North America Frank Erwin Center
November 25-26, 1984 Dallas, TX North America Reunion Arena
November 29-30, 1984 Houston, TX North America The Summit
December 2, 1984 Baton Rouge, LA North America LSU Assembly Center
December 6, 1984 Birmingham, AL North America Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center
December 7, 1984 Tallahassee, FL North America Leon County Civic Center
December 9, 1984 Murfreesboro, TN North America Murphy Center
December 11, 1984 Lexington, KY North America Rupp Arena
December 13-14, 1984 Memphis, TN North America Mid-South Coliseum
December 16-17, 1984 Atlanta, GA North America The Omni
January 4-5, 1985 Hampton, VA North America Hampton Coliseum
January 7-8, 1985 Indianapolis, IN North America Market Square Arena
January 10, 1985 Louisville, KY North America Freedom Hall
January 13, 1985 Columbia, SC North America Carolina Coliseum
January 15-16, 1985 Charlotte, NC North America Charlotte Coliseum
January 18-19, 1985 Greensboro, NC North America Greensboro Coliseum
January 23-24, 1985 Providence, RI North America Providence Civic Center
January 26-27, 1985 Syracuse, NY North America Carrier Dome
March 21, 23-24, 27-28, 1985 Sydney Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre
March 31, 1985 Brisbane Australia Queen Elizabeth II Stadium
April 3-4, 1985 Melbourne Australia Royal Melbourne Showgrounds
April 10-11, 13, 15-16, 1985 Tokyo Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium
April 19, 1985 Kyoto Japan Kyoto Furitsu Taiikukan
April 22-23, 1985 Osaka Japan Osaka-jo Hall
June 1, 1985 Slane Ireland Slane Castle
June 4-5, 1985 Newcastle England St. James Park
June 8-9, 1985 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi Stadium
June 12-13, 1985 Rotterdam Netherlands Feijenoord Stadium
June 15, 1985 Frankfurt West Germany Waldstadion
June 18, 1985 Munich West Germany Olympistadion
June 21, 1985 Milan Italy San Siro
June 23, 1985 Montpellier France Stade Ritcher
June 25, 1985 St. Etienne France Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
June 29-30, 1985 Paris France Parc de La Courneuve
July 3-4, 6, 1985 London England Wembley Stadium
July 7, 1985 Leeds England Roundhay Park
August 5, 1985 Washington, D.C. North America Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
August 7, 1985 Cleveland, OH North America Cleveland Stadium
August 9, 1985 Chicago, IL North America Soldier Field
August 11, 1985 Pittsburgh, PA North America Three Rivers Stadium
August 14-15, 1985 Philadelphia, PA North America Veterans Stadium
August 18-19, 21-22, 1985 East Rutherford, NJ North America Giants Stadium
August 26-27, 1985 Toronto Canada CNE Stadium
August 31-September 1, 1985 East Rutherford, NJ North America Giants Stadium
September 4, 1985 Pontiac, MI North America Pontiac Silverdome
September 6, 1985 Indianapolis, IN North America Hoosier Dome
September 9-10, 1985 Miami, FL North America Orange Bowl Stadium
September 13-14, 1985 Dallas, TX North America Cotton Bowl
September 18-19, 1985 Oakland, CA North America Oakland-Alameda Coliseum
September 23-24, 1985 Denver, CO North America Mile High Stadium
September 27, 29, 30, October 2, 1985 Los Angles, CA North America Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Postponed dates[]

Date City Country Venue Reason
October 18, 1984 Tacoma, WA North America Tacoma Dome Rescheduled to October 19, 1984 due to Springsteen's illness
August 29, 1985 Foxboro, MA North America Sullivan Stadium Cancelled due to an application for a concert permit was submitted by the Springsteen camp but later withdrawn due to stringent licensing restrictions.
August 30, 1985 East Rutherford, NJ North America Giants Stadium Rescheduled to September 1, 1985 due to poor weather conditions
September 22, 1985 Denver, CO North America Mile High Stadium Rescheduled to September 24, 1985 due to poor weather
September 26, 1985 Los Angeles, CA North America Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Rescheduled to October 2, 1985
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