Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

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

PACEMAKER BELFAST  20/07/2013
Bruce Springsteen in concert this evening at the Kings Hall in Belfast this evening.
Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
Bruce Springsteen in concert this evening at the Kings Hall in Belfast.

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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