Wednesday 26 June 2019

Still the boss of us

Louise Hogan

ROCKER Bruce Springsteen has once again earned his title 'The Boss' after selling out his three Irish concerts in record time.

Fans launched an early morning raid as around 38,000 tickets for his first scheduled concert at the RDS next year went on sale. The May 22 concert was sold out within 15 minutes of internet sites and ticket offices opening at 9am.

Aiken Promotions then announced a second date, and it took just 20 minutes for all the tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's concert on May 23 to be snapped up.

At 9.40am, Aiken Promotions then launched a third date, on Sunday, May 25 -- and tickets were all gone by 11.30am.

Sinead Watters, the promoter's spokeswoman, said: "It was the best record. He is the fastest selling artist we've worked with."

With more than 100,000 tickets snapped up in record time, Springsteen earned his place in the record books alongside legends like Bob Dylan, Elton John and George Michael.

Fans proved more than willing to bear the hefty prices for the RDS show, which stood at around €81.25 for general admission, and €91.25 for seats.

The rock-and-roll kingpin is also due to play a sold-out show at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on December 15 next.

He kicked off the European leg of his world tour last Sunday in Madrid, where the set list included a mix of old and new hits, with the band playing 'Radio Nowhere', 'Born to Run', 'Dancing in the Dark' and 'Thunder Road'.

Springsteen's 23rd album, 'Magic', which was released last October has already gone platinum in Ireland.

According to his website, the band will be performing here without original E Street Band member, Danny Federici.

The keyboard player, who has played alongside Springsteen for over 40 years, is taking a leave of absence while undergoing treatment for melanoma.

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