DUST off the denim jacket, find those lost albums; go out and buy a pair of cowboy boots and a bandana because it looks like the biggest name in show business is coming to the Marble City. The man known affectionately as The Boss will play Nowlan Park, the GAA county grounds in the last week of July. He will have the full E Street band behind him and it is possible that he will actually play a second gig at the GAA headquarters.
Already the city is abuzz with anticipation that one of the most famous singers in the world will appear on Saturday, July 27 or Sunday, July 28 and it will for part of a three-day music festival being organised around the gig.
A press conference has been called for tomorrow (Thursday) morning where all the details will be made public as part of Hector ‘s show, live on 2FM.
The man who has given us Dancing In The Dark, Born To Run, Waiting On A Sunny Day, Thunder Road, The River; Glory Days, I’m On Fire, the list goes on and on plays to full houses all over the world and his live shows are always spellbinding not because of the glitz and glamour but because of the music.
Once again Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions has proved a great friend to the city by choosing Kilkenny over a number of other venues including Waterford.
The gig or gigs ties in well with Springsteen’s schedule. He is playing Limerick on Tuesday, July 16; Cork on July 18 and Belfast on July 20. All three are sold-out. This gives him a week to recuperate and he likes to stay in a hotel close enough to the concert venue. He will not play two nights in a row so it is likely that he will play one night take a break for a few nights before going on stage again. However, judging from the advance publicity, it may only be a one-off show although the E Street Band is booked into a hotel locally for a full week.
Every hotel bedroom in the region will be booked out and it is likely that the capacity will be capped at under 30,000 probably 27,000.
It will provide the city with its biggest ever one or two day pay-days ever as besotted Boss lovers from all over the world fly in to to se the undisputed king of rock play in one of the most iconic cities in Europe - Kilkenny.
Now, the real work starts - A licensing application will have to be lodged with Kilkenny County Council for a licence and there will be strict health and safety regulations.
There is a long history of successful concerts being staged at Nowlan Park and among the stars who have appeared there in the past include: Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Shania Twain and Dolly Parton.
Mayor of the city, Cllr Sean O’hArgain said regardless of who the main star was, it was brilliant for Kilkenny, as the nation’s cleanest city to hoist such a weekend of music with a major headline act as the focal point.
“We will welcome visitors to the city with open arms and make sure they go away with happy memories of the concert and the city.”