'A family tradition': generations of Springsteen fans gear up for some dancing in the dark
Published 28/05/2016 | 02:30
The Boss wasn't the only Jersey boy in the capital as the first of two River Tour gigs kicked off at Croke Park.
Springsteen super fans Tom Buonomo and wife Carol had jetted all the way from the home of the rock legend with 'High Hopes' of nabbing tickets for Friday night's concert.
"We've seen Bruce more than 200 times, but we've never seen him in Europe," Tom told the Irish Independent.
"We've never been to Ireland before so this was a good excuse to visit. We know that Bruce loves Ireland and that Dublin is a fabulous audience.
"We only just landed three hours ago," he continued. "Jet lag doesn't matter - it's Bruce!
"We have tickets for Sunday night but we're hoping to get tickets for tonight too. If not, we're going to sit over there (outside the stadium) and listen to the show."
Elsewhere outside GAA headquarters, eight-year-old Maria Nowacki from Cavan town was looking forward to attending her first concert with her father. The excited schoolgirl had even borrowed her mum's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' T-shirt for the occasion.
Dad Robert - originally from Poland - said: "I've been to 10 or 12 Springsteen concerts around the world, but this is Maria's first time to see him.
"She has no choice but to be a Springsteen fan - it's a family tradition! My wife wanted to come too but we have a three- year-old son so one of us had to stay at home," he added.
Despite being born more than a decade after the eponymous 1980 album was released, Natasha Conlon - who travelled from Derry to Dublin with pals Caoimhe Dillon and Laura McPeake for the gig - revealed she knew every track off by heart.
"Growing up, my brother was a huge fan of Springsteen," the 22-year-old said.
"So that's how I got into listening to him. This will be my third time to see him in the past four years."
Meanwhile Taoiseach Enda Kenny, US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O'Malley and singer Gavin James were just some of the famous faces who took the night off to rock out with the real Boss at Croker.