CONCERT promoter Peter Aiken has revealed that the latest raft of Bruce Springsteen shows in Ireland sold out “twice as quick” as he expected.
The Boss will play in Thomond Park in Limerick next July 16 - as well as Cork and Belfast - and tickets for the high-profile shows sold out in a matter of hours when they went on public sale last Thursday.
“The tickets were sold as fast as we could sell them,” explained Peter Aiken.
“It was twice as quick, more, I thought it might take a couple of days. Limerick was the first one to go - 25,000 tickets in Thomond.”
Mr Aiken moved quickly to dispel rumours that there would be a second concert in the stadium, saying that Springsteen and the E-Street Band would only be playing three concerts on these shores next summer.
He did, however, promise “a fantastic show” for those that snapped up tickets.
“He is, in my opinion, one of the biggest stars in the world, if not the number one,” said the promoter.
“I saw him two weeks ago in Kansas, he is playing with an 18-piece band - there is nobody doing what he does, every song is a hit. He is the ultimate performer, ultimate showman, he is up there with Jagger, anyone.”
A queue of people braved wintery conditions outside Euro Empire on Limerick’s O’Connell Street to buy tickets for the concert.
Others purchased the tickets - priced €90 and €100 - online through Ticketmaster, but there were many reports of the system crashing before completion.
While there were delays, tickets were available regardless online until around lunchtime on Thursday.
City woman Laura Hickey, Bengal Terrace, queued outside Euro Empire from 8pm on Wednesday night to get tickets for herself and her parents.
“It was freezing. I wasn’t on my own for long though, people started arriving in dribs and drabs after midnight,” she explained.
“I like his music. I am mad to see him. My mother adores him. His music is to everybody’s taste.”