Fans from all around the world have arrived in Dublin for a “great celebration of rock and roll and rock and soul.”
That’s according to Tom McCormack, organiser of the Springsteen Fans for the Dublin concert.
'The Boss’ is set to play his first of three Irish concerts in the RDS this evening.
Dublin and Gothenburg are the only locations that will have three performances from the singer.
Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, Mr McCormack said: “The Tokyo flight has just landed and lots of fans are coming from around the world to witness Bruce play.”
“Out of our 695 people on the list so far for the roll call, the first 40 out of 100 were from Australia, so people travelled far and wide,” he said.
‘The fan clubs’
Mr McCormack said five Japanese visitors have signed on to get into the pit – the first five or six rows.
“Other people are happy mid-pit and down at the sound desk, it’s a great celebration,” he said.
As the organiser of the Dublin branch of the fan club, Mr McCormack has seen 28 of Springsteen’s 29 shows in Ireland.
“I’m lucky enough to get to some in the UK and then the Broadway show,” he said.
“We have a gentleman from America who's on his 100th show, and a gentleman actually from New Jersey who will pick up his 500th concert in Hamburg.”
‘The mortality tour’
Mr McCormack said some attendees are apprehensive about using electronic tickets for the first time.
“Some people have extra tickets, I know it's sold out and people are a bit nervous,” he said.
“I [still] think the atmosphere is fantastic, there were a lot of very emotional reunions here for people.
“We've lost some soldiers since the last concert seven years ago; Bruce has lost some soldiers.
“So, this has been dubbed by some as the ‘mortality tour’.”
Bruce Springsteen kicks off the Irish leg of his tour at 7 pm at the RDS Arena, Dublin 4, on Friday, May 5th, Sunday, May 7th and Tuesday, May 9th.