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The Boss arrives ... and throws a big family party


 Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

US rock legend Bruce Springsteen is planning a family party in Ireland to mark the climax of his record-breaking two-year world tour.

The New Jersey rocker plays the first of five sell-out Irish concerts in Limerick's Thomond Park tonight with his Wrecking Ball tour scheduled to finish with two gigs in Kilkenny's Nowlan Park on July 27 and 28.

The Boss also has concerts in Cork's Pairc Ui Chaoimh (July 18) and Belfast's Kings Hall (July 20).

Springsteen and his E Street Band were scheduled to fly into Ireland yesterday and are planning a private celebration to mark the conclusion of the tour across the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe.

'The Boss' will be joined by his wife, Patti Scialfa, and children, Evan, Jess and Sam.

The Herald understands the family and friends have booked 12 rooms until Wednesday at the Adare Manor in Limerick.

The singer has developed a close affection for Ireland since his first concert here at Slane Castle in 1985.

Since then, Springsteen has described it as his "adopted home". Springsteen is playing the first major rock gig by a US star at the Cork GAA headquarters since Oasis in 1996.

His Limerick gig will be the highest profile concert ever staged at Thomond Park.