Bruce: ‘We will be back’

Bruce Springsteen onstage at Nowlan Park on Sunday evening. Photo: Pat Moore.
He’s gone for now, but not forever. Around 60,000 people passed through Nowlan Park’s gates over two nights for Bruce Springsteen, and many of them are hoping it won’t be the last time.

He’s gone for now, but not forever. Around 60,000 people passed through Nowlan Park’s gates over two nights for Bruce Springsteen, and many of them are hoping it won’t be the last time.

“We couldn’t do this without you,” roared the 63-year-old rockstar at the end of his set on the final night in Kilkenny.

“We will be back, and back and back.”

It was the last concert of the five-gig Irish tour, brought to a close in Nowlan Park, the headquarters of Kilkenny hurling – the prestigious institute that had suffered such a blow in the hours previous. The concerts were undoubtedly a huge boost for the county board, and the stadium as a venue was universally praised.

It was a massive coup for the whole city, with thousands of revellers flocking to the various establishments and watering holes as part of the Wrecking Ball Weekender. Pubs and restaurants were packed the whole weekend, while many B&Bs, hotels and hostels were booked solid for the past two months.

On Saturday, the audience got the entire ‘Born in the USA’ album, while on Sunday, Springsteen he played the ‘Born to Run’ album.

Sunday’s setlist:

1. This Little Light Of Mine

2. My Love Will Not Let You Down

3. Badlands

4. We Take Care of Our Own

5. Adam Raised a Cain

6. Death to My Hometown

7. American Skin (41 Shots)

8. The Promised Land

9. Wrecking Ball

10. Spirit in the Night

11. The River

12. Wild Billy’s Circus

13. Man at the Top

14. Every time that you walk into the room

15. Thunder Road

16. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

17. Night

18. Backstreets

19. Born to Run

20. She’s The One

21. Meeting Across The River

22. Jungleland

23. The Rising

24. Land of Hope and Dreams

25. Born in the USA

26. Bobby Jean

27. Seven Nights to Rock

28. Dancing in the Dark

29. American Land

30. Shout

31. This Little Light of Mine