Today marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most celebrated gigs in Irish musical history. June 1st, 1985 saw The Boss take to an Irish stage for the first time.
A massive crowd as always at Slane, Bruce played to between ninety and one hundred thousand people - his first gig as a married man too, fact finders.
The setlist for the show is printed below - note the one off Beach Boys cover (their classic rite of passage track When I Grow Up To Be A Man) that has never been repeated. It was thrown in as it was Bruce's first show as a married man.
1.Born in the U.S.A.
3.Racing in the Street
7.Working on the Highway
8.Trapped (Jimmy Cliff cover)
9.Prove It All Night
11.The Promised Land
15.Dancing In The Dark
19.I'm On Fire
21.Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
22.When I Grow Up to Be a Man (The Beach Boys cover)
23.Born to Run
26.Twist and Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)
The gig reportedly lasted for over four hours and is considered one of the highpoints in Irish musical history.
Given that there's no Slane this year, I though it nice to write a little about a classic Slane moment. I've only been to the castle once myself - for Oasis, Kasabian & The Prodigy last year, and while I loved the set-up, the trouble afterwards destroyed the whole experience for me.
Though given half a chance I'd be there to see Bruce. Fingers crossed he'll be there to mark the 26th anniversary of this classic show.
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