SPECULATION is rife that Thomond Park is to pull off a major coup and unveil ‘The Boss’ himself - Bruce Springsteen - for a concert next summer.
The Limerick Leader understands that Thomond Park is working with top concert promoter Aiken Promotions to bring Springsteen to Limerick next summer.
Meetings to that effect have taken place in recent weeks, with officials going as far as to measure the pitch for the specifications of Springsteen’s massive show at the Munster rugby HQ.
Thomond Park management declined to comment. However, it is understood that a deal to bring Springsteen here is very close to being done, and that a date for next summer could be announced before Christmas.
Thomond Park has worked with Aiken on the Elton John, Rod Stewart, Pink, Bob Dylan and JLS gigs since 2009, but no concert was held this summer due to an unavailability of big touring acts. The stadium had hoped to twin The Cranberries with another act this summer, but that failed to materialise, prompting some to doubt locally whether large scale concerts would return to the €40m venue.
However, management in the stadium have been working hard to resurrect the concerts on the hallowed Thomond turf - which could not be achieved without a promoter of the stature of Aiken, who brought Springsteen to the RDS this summer for two sell-out shows and is the leading concert promoter in the country after MCD.
The Boss is known for his marathon, three-hour plus shows, and the strong possibility that a Limerick gig is soon to be confirmed will prompt delight among his legion of his fans here, a huge number of which travelled to Dublin this summer to see him.
One of those, Bruree-based horse trainer Enda Bolger, who is a good friend of Springsteen’s, actually appeared on stage with The Boss in the RDS. He said in the aftermath of that concert that talks had taken place with regard to a potential gig in Limerick.
“We’d love to get him to play Thomond Park,” said Mr Bolger. “It’s been discussed with him but it’s really up to the promoters.”
During May 2006, rumours circulated in Dromin Athlacca that Springsteen had been spotted in a local watering hole after a sell-out gig in the Point Theatre in Dublin.
The return of large-scale, outdoor concerts would provide the local economy with a massive boost, worth potentially up to €10m.
However, the potential global media coverage from a Springsteen gig could be worth much more, with The Boss bringing a level of profile for his prodigious shows that other artists simply cannot match.
The news that the New Jersey guitar slinger is in negotiations for a gig in Limerick will send his fans wild, with the potential gig likely to sell out in minutes when tickets go on sale.