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Friday 17 November 2017

Curfew won't stop Bruce Springsteen from 'Dancing in the Dark' at Dublin concert tonight

Steve Van Zandt, guitar player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band at Tower Records in Dublin yesterday
Steve Van Zandt, guitar player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band at Tower Records in Dublin yesterday
The Boss in action on stage

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

APPARENTLY, the only guarantees in life are death and taxes -- and that Bruce Springsteen will break the curfew at his Dublin concert tonight.

According to his long-time guitarist Steve Van Zandt, you can "bet on it" that the 62-year-old singer and his band will play on after their curfew at the RDS tonight.

Springsteen and his E Street band are due to play the first of two outdoor shows in front of 35,000 fans tonight.

Famous for his marathon sessions, the singer hit the headlines when his show at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London, was closed down by Westminster Council at the weekend after it over ran beyond the 10.30pm curfew.

Van Zandt, meanwhile, said he would probably apologise to London Metropolitan police for his earlier comments when he thought it was them who had pulled the plug on the show.

Asked if the Dublin gig might overrun, the Boss's long-time axeman told the Irish Independent: "You taking bets? Bet on it. We don't intend to break curfews, we just always do. They are at the wrong time. The problems with curfews is that they are scheduled too early. We need to reschedule the curfews."

The 61-year-old likened the abrupt ending to the London concert, at which Springsteen and guest Paul McCartney had their microphones turned off, to the final Beatles performance on the roof of Apple Studios in London in 1969.

Flashback

"It was a flashback to the Beatles on the rooftop wasn't it? Nothing has changed in 43 years, which is kind of nice when you think about."

The New Jersey-born musician, who hosted a live edition of his syndicated US 'Underground Garage' radio show from Tower Records in Wicklow Street last night, said Springsteen and the E Street band "don't live by other people's clocks".

"We make our own time. That's how we are, that's the nature of rock 'n' roll, we create our own world. Part of what we do is we transport our own audience to another place and we bring them back. But how long that takes, we don't look at our watches," he said.

He said Springsteen and the band had a "wonderful relationship with Irish fans. We just love playing here. We certainly owe a lot to you. Half of rock 'n' roll came from Ireland, the part that didn't come from Africa. Ireland meets Africa, that's what we are".

Meanwhile, Dublin City Council (DCC) has confirmed that Springsteen could be allowed 15 minutes' extra at his Irish shows.

"Sometimes gigs may have to start late due to crowds arriving late, and for safety issues the band may start late. But the extra 15 minutes may only be allowed at the discretion of DCC," a spokesman said.

But, he added, they "don't have the power to remove an artist from the stage if the relevant curfew is being breached".

Springsteen is expected onstage early, at 7pm, for both shows in the RDS, tonight and tomorrow night.

Irish Independent

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