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