Bruce Springsteen plans epic three-hour Sunderland gig at the Stadium of Light

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BRACE yourself for a whole lot of The Boss.

Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen is set to put in a marathon performance at the Stadium of Light next week.

It’s been announced that the man and his E Street Band will fill the home of the Black Cats with their sound for more than three hours.

The global stars gave British fans a tantalising glimpse of what to expect last week by wowing crowds in Italy as part of the same Wrecking Ball Tour, performing a spellbinding 33-song set over three hours and forty minutes at a packed San Siro Stadium in Milan

The US rocker’s epic appearance in Milan became his second-longest ever show in a glittering career spanning more than 40 years, with tracks including Born in the USA, Born to Run, Hungry Heart, Dancing in the Dark and Glory Days all delivered with trademark energy. Its duration is surpassed only by Springsteen’s legendary Nassau Coliseum performance on New Year’s Eve 1980.

The Wrecking Ball Tour will reach Sunderland on June 21.

Toby Leighton-Pope, vice-president of promotions at concert giants Live Nation, believes the ingredients are there for a mesmerising evening.

He said: “I know how deeply passionate the North East is about its music and how good a crowd that creates.

“Combine that with Bruce Springsteen’s unique style, his incredible back catalogue and what has so far been a sensational tour and I think we’re in for one special night. I know Bruce and the band can’t wait.”

Poignantly, the Stadium of Light show – one of just three UK dates on the tour – falls two days after the anniversary of the death of E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, with the late star’s nephew, Jake Clemons, joining the line-up in his place.

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TICKET holders are once again being advised to arrive as early as possible.

On the day of the show, the courtyards surrounding the stadium will be open from 2pm, allowing access to a range of catering and bar facilities before the main stadium doors open at 4pm.

Springsteen will kick-off the show at around 7pm. There are no support acts.

The message to arrive early proved hugely successful in combating travel restrictions ahead of last week’s record-breaking Coldplay concert as fans took full advantage of a range of on-site facilities.

Concert-goers are reminded that the roads surrounding the Stadium of Light will once again be closed on the day of the concert and there will be no parking available.

Further information is available at www.safcconcerts.com

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