Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

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

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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