May 2016's Dad Gig: Bruce Springsteen

“We have to get tickets to see the Boss,” insists my wife, “it might be the last time he ever tours.”

We’ve had the same conversation for the last five years as far as I can remember and still Bruce Springsteen continues to traverse the world, dashing backwards and forwards across vast stages every night with the energy of someone a third of his 66 years. He was born in the same year as my dad, who would most likely admit that he would struggle with the rigours of a three-and-a-half hour show each evening for the majority of the year. My dad can’t remember the lyrics to any song ever, whereas Bruce often takes requests from his 51-year musical career.

51 YEARS!

Bruce Springsteen

He’s still out and about (Bruce, not my dad), he’s still making headlines whether it is for writing sick notes for young audience members or cancelling gigs in North Carolina as a  protest against anti-LGBT laws in the state and he still puts on a hell of a show. I’ve never been the world’s biggest fan of his music – I like it but I don’t LOVE it like some do – but I’ve seen him three or four times now and have never been less than entranced by his energy, his sense of humour and his masterful stage presence.

Here he is paying tribute to the late, great Prince at a recent Brooklyn concert:

Don’t go and see him because it might be the last opportunity you will get – it won’t be, he’ll still be performing when he’s 107 and he’ll still be in better shape than you – go because he is the ultimate showman. Book a babysitter. You won’t be disappointed.

Bruce Springsteen tour dates:

  • Wed 25th May – Manchester Etihad Stadium
  • Fri 27th May – Dublin Croke Park
  • Sun 29th May – Dublin Croke Park
  • Weds 1st June – Glasgow Hamden Park
  • Fri 3rd June – Coventry Ricoh Arena
  • Sun 5th June – London Wembley Stadium

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