On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his Born in the U.S.A Tour with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985, in Los Angeles.
The tour was to support the Born in the U.S.A. album, which was inside the top 10 of the Billboard 200 during the entire tour. Springsteen played the album in its entirety during the tour. His previous album, Nebraska, was also played in full, as it did not have a tour to promote it.
It was his longest and most successful tour to date and grossed $80–90 million overall.