Slane Castle, June 1, 1985

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Barry Hingston writes:

My first Bruce concert… this show is legendary in the history of Rock in Ireland. Bruce was just coming to the peak of his world-wide ‘general public’ popularity. It seemed that the whole of Ireland had arrived in County Meath for this show – it was the place to be, the ticket to have, the concert of the year.

It was also reputed to be the hottest day ever on record in Ireland. My cousin gave me a castle guest pass – the concert was being held in the grounds of Lord Henry Mount Charles’ stately castle. My guest pass left me walking bewildered through crowds of rock stars also attending the gig of the year, with free beer at my finger tips! It was unbelievable!! I ended up sitting out on the grassy hill to the right of the stage, in front of the castle, with all the room in the world, looking down on the E Street Band, listening to the set above… I was 19 & in heaven – definitely one of the formative experiences of my life.

 

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