Glory Days for Bruce Springsteen as Croke Park gigs rake in €17m

His fans will tell you he put in one of the best performances seen in years in Croke Park — and it seems Bruce Springsteen’s two concerts at the home of the GAA proved to be glory days for the Boss.

Promoter Peter Aiken revealed that the two sell-out shows raked in more than $19m, or more than €17m.

Quoted in an article on Billboard.com, Aiken also said such was the demand that Springsteen could easily have a played a third night in Croker.

Referring to the May 27 and 29 shows which took in $19,228,100 from a total attendance of 160,188, Peter Aiken said: “The Irish people really love him, and it’s just building and building. Bruce never phones it in, his shows are 100% every time.”

While the Dublin shows sold out “instantly”, according to Aiken, it is simply par for the course when it comes to the Irish love affair with the New Jersey musician.

Referring to the last tour which took in five shows at 30,000-capacity stadiums in Cork, Limerick and Kilkenny, Aiken said it was “like the circus coming to town”.

Aiken, who has promoted Springsteen’s Irish shows since the mid-80s, said the tour “lined it up very nicely to go to Dublin the next time he came back. 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.”

The latest tour has provided attendance figures which put the 67-year-old way out in front when it comes to pulling power. The Billboard article included comment from his manager, Jon Landau, about the 1.1 million tickets sold on the 45 date tour which ran between November 10 last and June 6 of this year to support the new box set The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.

Bruce has been back in Dublin this week, spotted at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS where his daughter, Jessica, was competing for the US showjumping team.

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