Updated at 10.30am
BOTH BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN shows for this summer have sold out, promoters Aiken have confirmed.
82,000 tickets for the New Jersey singer’s initial date on Friday 27 May went on sale at 9am this morning, and quickly ran out.
A second date, for Sunday 29 May, was later announced.
Long queues formed outside Ticketmaster outlets around the country earlier – and online buyers reported long wait times to find out whether they had secured tickets.
A regular visitor to these shores, Springsteen’s last visit was in 2013 when he played in Cork, Limerick, Belfast and Kilkenny.
This was the scene outside St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre this morning as fans queued for his latest shows…
“I go to all his gigs when he’s in town. I’m a huge fan,” one woman told us.
Ahead of the gig, public figures from all walks of life have been singing the Boss’s praises.
Bishop Denis Nulty referenced Springsteen as he blessed the engagement of a couple at the shrine of St Valentine on Tuesday.
“Bruce Springsteen sings All That Heaven Will Allow in his Tunnel of Love album – it describes the steps or stages in a couple’s life together,” said the bishop.
I recall very well his ‘Tunnel of Love’ concert in the RDS back in 1987. He returns to Croke Park on May 27th and will most likely perform that track once again.
Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny belted out a bar of ‘Hungry Heart’ during a visit to Ocean FM yesterday, where he was presented with two ‘Bruce Springsteen tickets’ by a man wearing a Bruce Springsteen mask (you had to be there, we imagine).
Only three concerts can be held in Croke Park each year, due to strict Council guidelines.
It was recently announced that Beyoncé will hold a gig there in July.
Anyone looking to book tickets on their credit card can visit www.ticketmaster.ie or call 0818 719300 (ROI) or 0844 277 4455 (NI)
Additional reporting Christina Finn and Daragh Brophy.