SOUTH Tyneside gig goers are bracing themselves for a whole lot of The Boss.
Legend Bruce Springsteen will put in a marathon performance at the Stadium of Light next week.
The Rocker 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 Thursday.
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. Combine that with Bruce Springsteen’s 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.