FANS outside the stadium told the Echo they were dazzled by Bruce Springsteen’s energetic performance.
Keith and Jayger Turner from Durham City were among those at the gig.
Keith, 37, said: “We have seen him play before in Manchester, but this was better than that. It was much better entertainment. We couldn’t get over how he didn’t take a break.
“I usually come here for football, not for gigs, but it had a great atmosphere, everyone seemed really friendly.”
Rebecca Russell, 28, from Seaburn, was there with mum Linda, 55.
She said: “He really lived up to my expectations. I’m surprised someone that age can continue the way he does, I went to the toilet more than him.
“We were so pleased to see an act like that come to Sunderland, it really helps to put us on the map. It doesn’t matter about the cost or the act, we always come along to the gigs here to support the city.
“We’ve been to every concert here and they’ve all been really well done.”
Ron Kitson, 44, from Washington, his sister Michelle Hodgson, 45, from Southwick, and her daughter Laura Hodgson, 15, were among those in awe of The Boss.
Nissan worker Ron said: “The Clarence tribute was the highlight for me, it was absolutely brilliant.”
Jonny Lawler, 18, wasn’t as overjoyed as the other gig-goers.
“He’s a great performer,” he said. “But I wanted him to play more of his greatest hits.”
Fans travelling to Wearside from outside of the area included Chris Burt, 49, from Stevenage.
He said: “I’ve seen Bruce at St James’s Park in the 80s and in Milton Keynes in the 90s and this was probably the best, except I expected more of an ending to the show.”