He’s still the Boss — at least when it comes to selling concert tickets.
Rock star Bruce Springsteen’s decision to return to tour Ireland this summer led to a ticket frenzy yesterday, with all three dates selling out in quick succession.
The Boss is returning with his Wrecking Ball Tour and is to play in Limerick, Cork and Belfast next July.
The New Jersey-born legend, who has sold more than 120m albums worldwide, will play Thomond Park in Limerick on Jul 16 before heading to Cork on Jul 18 for a date at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and then playing Kings Hall in Belfast on Jul 20.
Unsurprisingly, fans jumped at the chance to see Springsteen and his E Street band with Aiken promotions confirming that all three dates had sold out by 4pm.
Tickets for the summer spectacular don’t come cheap at €90 standing and €100 seated, but with Springsteen’s reputation for playing three and four-hour shows, you certainly get bang for your buck.
The queue for bruce springsteen in cork is still HUGE 2 hours after goin on sale— shirley murphy (@shirleymurphy1) December 6, 2012
Getting The Boss back to Ireland within a year of his last visit to Dublin is something of a coup for music promoter Peter Aiken who is no doubt where Springsteen stands in terms of the biggest acts in the business.
“He is, as far as I’m concerned, the biggest act in the world,” he said.
Mr Aiken, whose firm brought U2 to Páirc Uí Chaoimh in 1987, and who staged Springsteen’s concerts in Dublin’s RDS last summer, said he did not think he would get him back to Ireland so soon.
The promoter, who is behind the Live at the Marquee concerts in Cork, said its success played a key role in persuading Springsteen to play in Cork.
@rioferdy5 Bitterly cold in cork city ireland..just waited in line 7 hrs for bruce springsteen tickets.Well worth the wait..roll on sunday!!— Mark.Donor card holder. UTFR🍻🇾🇪🇮🇪☘32. (@Mark1975s) December 6, 2012
Noise curfews infamously cut short Springsteen’s gigs in London where the plug was pulled on the show. However, Cork’s city manager Tim Lucey has said the local authority would do everything possible to ensure the people of Cork can rock in comfort.
“We will do what we can to facilitate this gig. It will be of significant benefit to the city and will have a long-term lasting impact in terms of showcasing how Cork can host events of this scale,” he said.
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