Glory Days for Kilkenny as ‘The Boss’ is on his way

** FILE ** In this Nov. 5, 2008 file photo, Bruce Springsteen plays his guitar in New York. On Wednesday, Feb. 4 , 2009 Springsteen said he was furious with Ticketmaster calling its selling practices a "conflict of interest" after complaints that the vendor was redirecting fans to a more expensive ticket seller owned by the company. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, file)  NY128
The city and county are gearing up for the arrival of US rocker Bruce Springsteen in the Marble City, Mary Cody writes.

The city and county are gearing up for the arrival of US rocker Bruce Springsteen in the Marble City, Mary Cody writes.

Concerns about a potential clash with the hurlers match with Cork have been allayed and fans will be able to attend the quarter final in Thurles (throw in at 2pm) and make it back to Nowlan Park in time to see The Boss on stage.

Almost 50,000 revellers have snapped up tickets to watch Bruce Springsteen in one of the most eagerly-awaited gigs to be played in the city. A handful of extra tickets have become available in recent days and are for sale at Rollercoaster Records.The legendary singer is rumoured to be staying in Mount Juliet.

Meanwhile a leading audiologist is warning concert goers that extended periods of exposure to high decibel noise or music can lead to permanent and irreversible hearing loss.

According to Mr Kelly, the music levels at concerts such as Bruce Springsteen, can reach an ear shattering 130dB, far in excess of the recommended safe threshold level of 85dB, and repeated listening at this volume can cause premature hearing loss.

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will finish their Wrecking Ball tour of Europe when they play Nowlan Park on July 27 and 28 .