Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen bagged a cool €17.5m in takings from his two sell-out concerts at Croke Park this summer, writes Daniel McConnell.
Springsteen, who was in Dublin this week to see his daughter Jessica compete in at the Dublin Horse Show, is currently on his record-breaking River Tour.
In an interview with Billboard magazine, Springsteen’s long-time manager Jon Landau, it emerged that the New Jersey star’s two night stint in GAA Headquarters has put him to the top of the earnings list.
“Not only did Springsteen put up the highest grossing tour of the first half of 2016, the artist is also responsible for the single biggest Boxscore so far this year, with the May 27 and 29 shows at Dublin’s Croke Park taking in $19,228,100 from 160,188 attendance for two sell-outs,” said the Billboard article.
Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions, who have a long association with Springsteen said the two shows sold out “instantly”.
“The Irish people really love him, and it’s just building and building. Bruce never phones it in, his shows are 100% every time,” Aiken said.
On his last tour to Ireland, Springsteen did not play in Dublin and instead played five shows at 30,000-capacity stadiums in such cities as Cork, Limerick and Kilkenny.
“It lined it up very nicely to go to Dublin the next time he came back,” Aiken said.
“We did two Croke Parks, and probably could have done a third one. We knew it was going to be big, but none of us could have foreseen it was going to be as big as it was.”