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Friday 27 March 2015

Bruce Springsteen turns up the heat for Belfast crowds with blistering live set

Bruce Springsteen in concert  at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/07/2013 Noreen and Sean Callan with Damien and Lisa callan enjoying the Bruce Springsteen concert this evening at the Kings Hall in Belfast this evening. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/07/2013 Kathryn Mccullagh,emma Byrne and Sinead English from dublin enjoy the Bruce Springsteen concert this evening at the Kings Hall in Belfast this evening. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
McBurney/Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - NO BY-LINE NO SALES - NO SYNDICTION Pictured performing on stage Bruce Springsteen Pictured date: Saturday 20th July 2013 Location: Kings Hall Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 liammcburney.com
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
McBurney/Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band NO SALES - NO SYNDICTION Pictured a GV of the crowds in the grounds of the Kings Hall Pictured date: Saturday 20th July 2013 Location: Kings Hall Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 liammcburney.com
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/07/2013 Bruce Springsteen in concert this evening at the Kings Hall in Belfast this evening. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
Pictured fans L-R Angela Savage, Aine Vance from Downpatrick
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
Pictured fans L-R Denise Herrefnan, Rebecca Blackmore, Shauna Roche, Samantha Fitzpatrick from Dublin
McBurney/Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band NO SALES - NO SYNDICTION Pictured performing on stage Steven Van Zandt & Bruce Springsteen Pictured date: Saturday 20th July 2013 Location: Kings Hall Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 liammcburney.com
Pictured fans Ethan McGinty, Tiarna McGinty, Dee McGinty, Becky Walsh, Greg Walsh, Kevin McGinty
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
Pictured (far right) Richard McClean Managing Director of Independent News and Media (NI) with friends
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
Pictured fans L-R cousins Anna Lambe & Connor Keraney from Belfast
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
McBurney/Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band NO SALES - NO SYNDICTION Pictured fans L-R Majella Cleary, Camlus Murray, Lorriane McKenna from Draperstown Pictured date: Saturday 20th July 2013 Location: Kings Hall Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 liammcburney.com
Bruce Springsteen in concert at the Kings Hall in Belfast. 20/07/2013
McBurney/Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band NO SALES - NO SYNDICTION Pictured fans L-R Paul Lambe & Karen McNulty Pictured date: Saturday 20th July 2013 Location: Kings Hall Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 liammcburney.com
Bruce Springsteen in concert this evening at the Kings Hall in Belfast.
Bruce Springsteen in concert this evening at the Kings Hall in Belfast.
Bruce Springsteen in concert this evening at the Kings Hall in Belfast.
Bruce Springsteen in concert this evening at the Kings Hall in Belfast.
Bruce Springsteen in concert this evening at the Kings Hall in Belfast.
Bruce Springsteen fans show off their numbers which will get them a front row seat.
Bruce Springsteen fans show off their numbers which will get them a front row seat.
Bruce Springsteen fans show off their numbers which will get them a front row seat.
Bruce Springsteen fan Eamonn McDowell from Belfast with his nine-month-old daughter Emma shows off his number which will get him a front row seat.
Bruce Springsteen fans move their tents into the grounds of the Kings Hall.
Bruce Springsteen fans move their tents into the grounds of the Kings Hall.
Bruce Springsteen fans here taken into a holding pen where they were given numbers that would secure their place in the queue to get them a front row seat.
Bruce Springsteen fans where taken into a holding pen where they were given numbers that would secure their place in the queue to get them a front row seat.
Bruce Springsteen fans move their tents into the grounds of the Kings Hall.
Bruce Springsteen fans where taken into a holding pen where they were given numbers that would secure their place in the queue to get them a front row seat.
People camping outside the King's Hall to be at the front of the Bruce Springsteen gig. Ones Steinbach aged 30 from Germany and Jessie Geerinck aged 23 from Belgium
People camping outside the King's Hall to be at the front of the Bruce Springsteen gig
People camping outside the King's Hall to be at the front of the Bruce Springsteen gig

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen smashed it — giving ecstatic fans a Wrecking Ball of a time at an brilliant Belfast show.

The man nicknamed The Boss lived up to his title as he called the shots with his powerful fistclenching rock and lung-bursting sing-a-long pop.

The recent worry clouds cast by contentious parade disputes were blown away for the night by the American music legend who made Belfast his tranquil, harmony-filled Land Of Hope And Dreams.

Fans had come from far and wide to see Springsteen and The E Street Band, his trusty comrades of four decades standing.

It had been five and a half years since Springsteen raised the roof at the Odyssey in December 2007.

During the final hurrah for his 18-month-long Wrecking Ball tour, Springsteen had asked his Irish concert organisers Aiken Promotions to help him play in places other than his normal Dublin dates.

The Belfast show — only Springsteen’s fourth live show in the city during a extraordinary 40-year career — was the 128th date of that record-breaking global trek.

But any thoughts that the 63-year old’s energy levels may be waning as he heads near pension age were instantly dismissed with a stunning set full of passion and power.

- John McGurk

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