Sunday 25 September 2016

Flashback: Just four days until Bruce Springsteen hits Croke Park - here's what his 1988 RDS gig looked like

Published 23/05/2016 | 09:33

Bruce Springsteen concert at RDS, July 1988(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
Bruce Springsteen concert at RDS, July 1988(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
Bruce Springsteen concert at RDS, July 1988(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
Bruce Springsteen concert at RDS, July 1988(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen on stage at the R.D.S as part of his 'Tunnel Of Love' World Tour on Thursday 7/7/88 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen on stage at the R.D.S as part of his 'Tunnel Of Love' World Tour on Thursday 7/7/88(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

We're on the countdown to Bruce Springsteen hitting the stage at Croke Park this weekend - and fans of The Boss may be reminiscing of the New Jersey man's earlier gigs in Ireland.

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Bruce and the E Street Band played the RDS on July 7, 1988, just three years after they started their European tour at a sold-out Slane Castle.

The Slane crowd of 65,000 (the largest Springsteen had played before) was obviously a temptation to return to play in the Irish capital.

These exclusive snaps from the archives at the Irish Independent show The Boss performing as part of his Tunnel of Love Express Tour.

Bruce Springsteen concert at RDS, July 1988(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
Bruce Springsteen concert at RDS, July 1988(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)

His set-list included hits Tunnel of Love, Boom Boom, Adam Raised a Cain, Tougher Than The Rest, Because The Night, Dancing in the Dark and The River. The encore included Hungry Heart, Glory Days and, Springsteen's first worldwide single release, Born To Run.

Springsteen has returned to the RDS on six tours since 1988 and his three sold-out shows there in 2008 were seen by a total of 110,000 fans.

Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen on stage at the R.D.S as part of his 'Tunnel Of Love' World Tour on Thursday 7/7/88(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).
Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen on stage at the R.D.S as part of his 'Tunnel Of Love' World Tour on Thursday 7/7/88(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

He will play at Croke Park for the first time ever for two nights this weekend as part of their River Tour.

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