Sunday 11 December 2016

'The energy he brings to a show is unlike anything else' - Irish fans on why Bruce Springsteen is The Boss

David Kearns

Published 11/02/2016 | 12:01

Mother and Daughter Laura Costello and Ita Gibney getting their Bruce Springsteen Tickets
Mother and Daughter Laura Costello and Ita Gibney getting their Bruce Springsteen Tickets
The Q for the Bruce Springsteen Tickets in Stephens Green

It has been almost four years since Bruce Springsteen last played in Ireland and fans were out in force this morning hoping to grab a ticket to the Boss’ sold-out Croke Park shows.

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Among those frantically scrambling to buy tickets outside Stephen’s Green earlier today where mother and daughter duo Ita Gibney and Laura Costello.

Queuing since 6am, the pair told Independent.ie they had travelled all over the world to see Springsteen perform.

“We’re super fans,” said mum Ita. “You might say it’s a family obsession.”

Mother and Daughter Laura Costello and Ita Gibney from Dublin getting their Bruce Springsteen Tickets in Stephens Green,Laura Danced with Bruce on stage in Kilkenny on a recent visit
Mother and Daughter Laura Costello and Ita Gibney from Dublin getting their Bruce Springsteen Tickets in Stephens Green,Laura Danced with Bruce on stage in Kilkenny on a recent visit

“I wouldn’t go that far,” joked daughter Laura, who said she could not wait to hear a live version of ‘The River’ in Croke Park this May.

“I’m going to try get on stage and dance with him because she did it with him in Kilkenny,” laughed Ita.

Laura Dancing with Bruce on stage in Kilkenny
Laura Dancing with Bruce on stage in Kilkenny
Laura Dancing with Bruce on stage in Kilkenny

“The lyrics to Dancing in the Dark say ‘I changed my clothes, my hair, my face…’ so I had just dyed my hair blue for the summer,” said Laura.

“I shouted at him ‘I have dyed my hair blue for a chance to Irish dance with you’ and he pulled me up on stage… and we twirled each other around for ages – It was one for the bucket list alright.”

Among those others queuing this morning in the cold was  Claire Nolan, who said she had been a fan of The Boss ever since she was introduced to his music ten years ago.

“I saw him in the RDS last time and it was three hours non-stop.“The energy he brings to a show is unlike anything I’ve ever seen at other live gigs.”

Conor Harford and Martin O’Leary in Stephens Green
Conor Harford and Martin O’Leary in Stephens Green

“I’ve seen him a couple of times and it has always been worth it – he’s a fantastic showman,” said Paul Delaney.

The third in the queue to get a ticket Stephen’s Green this morning, the Dublin man joked that “if you go once, you’re hooked”.

Paul Delaney delighted with his Bruce Springsteen tickets
Paul Delaney delighted with his Bruce Springsteen tickets

“He’s that kind of performer – he never disappoints.”

Tickets for the Croke Park gigs went on sale at 9am, and after selling out one night, a second date was confirmed by 9:30am.

Prices started at €65.45 for seats, €98.50 for standing places and up to €131 for other areas, in addition to a service charge.

“He’s worth every penny,” said and Martin O’Leary.“I’ve been to every gig since the earlier 90s – he’s the only one I’ve always go to. He’s that good.”

Eoghan Morgan getting his Bruce Springsteen Tickets
Eoghan Morgan getting his Bruce Springsteen Tickets

He continued: “Croke Park, 1916, Bruce… I’m looking forward to the Rising!”

“We’re delighted to have our tickets and be out of the cold,” added Conor Harford.

Long established as one of the world’s bestselling rock stars in terms of both albums and concert tickets, Springsteen first performed in Ireland in a memorable concert at Slane Castle in 1985.

Claire Nolan Dublin with her Bruce Springsteen Tickets in Stephens Green
Claire Nolan Dublin with her Bruce Springsteen Tickets in Stephens Green

“It will be great to see him on the biggest stage in Ireland,” said Eoghan Morgan.

Asked if complaints by Dublin GAA about having to reschedule matches to accommodate the gig, the young fan added: “Croke Park is entitled to three gigs a year so I don’t see the issue.

“The GAA can always rearrange the games.”

Echoing this assessment, Martin O’Leary went further: “You can have a match any day of the week but this is Bruce.

A sentiment shared by mother and daughter duo Ita and Laura, who said: “Sure, it’s for Bruce – so it’s worth it. We still haven’t forgiven Garth!”

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