Saturday 21 October 2017

Spielberg among fans who crossed globe to see 'down-to-earth' Boss

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

HOLLYWOOD director Steven Spielberg was among throngs of fans visiting from around the world who travelled to Dublin for last night's Bruce Springsteen show.

The Oscar-winning director was spotted in Roundwood, Co Wickow earlier in the day in the company of actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who lives nearby in Annamoe.

Emerging from one of four cars with blacked-out windows outside The Roundwood Inn, the 'Jaws' director (65) was accompanied by about 15 friends who are believed to have travelled with him to the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin, for the first of two Springsteen concerts.

They were joined at the RDS by fans from around the world, including Adam Dunlap (12) who had come from Sweden for the show with his mother, Jenny.

"I've liked Bruce Sprinsgteen since I was 8. It's his songs I love most," said Adam who along with his mother was seeing Springsteen for the fourth time so far this year.

Julio Calvo came from Madrid in Spain to see The Boss, but in the hope that Bono of U2 might join him on stage at the concert.

Edel Connolly and Edel Golden both from Sligo, were among the Irish fans present.

"We've been into Bruce Springsteen since the '80s. We love his songs and he puts on such a show," said Edel Connolly.

Gerry Murphy, Kieran Murphy and Shane Murphy, all from Raheny, had forgotten the sunglasses they felt they'd need for a Springsteen gig so had invested in matching cowboy hats which bore stars and stripes.

"Bruce Springsteen is probably one of the greatest men that ever lived. What we like about him is he lacks any pretensions. He seems like a down-to earth man you could have a pint with," said Kieran Murphy, speaking in the Horse Shoe Bar before the gig.

Lauren White and Aisling Greenan (19), both from Monaghan, said it had been their parents who had introduced them to the music of Bruce Springsteen.

"We haven't seen him before so this will be a very special night for us.

"We got the tickets for Christmas as presents from family," they said.

Irish Independent

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