Ahead of his shows at Dublin’s RDS which kick off tonight (May 5), Bruce Springsteen visited ‘The Burrow Pub’ in Rathangan, Kildare, to trace his Irish roots, as well as a sing song.
Springsteen explored his Irish roots which have links to Rathangan, with his great-greatmother Ann Garrity having left Ireland during the Famine to live in New Jersey America, Springsteen’s home town.
‘The Boss’ was also presented with research material by Newbridge Library to trace these roots.
With organisers only informed of this impromptu show at the eleventh hour, security was understanably tight, as Springsteen also performed in front of some of the pub’s regulars, who were singing and drinking around the table.
Springsteen also delivered a performanced of ‘My Hometown’, which was shared online, and you can check out here.
Bruce Springsteen just casually singing “My Hometown” in a local Ireland bar…nothing to see here pic.twitter.com/NxWsyDdEpX
— Bruce Springsteen: Blog It All Night (@blogitallnight) May 4, 2023
Springsteen Visits Shane MacGowan
This impromptu Kildare pub show comes just days after Bruce Springsteen also dropped in to see Pogues music legend Shane MacGowan at his South Dublin home.
This meeting was also captured by MacGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke via Twitter.
She wrote, “What an amazing honour and a beautiful experience to get a visit from The Boss!!! @springsteen @ShaneMacGowan. Such a truly wonderful man and a total genius”.
These visits come as Springsteen begins the first of three shows at Dublin’s RDS tonight (May 5). He will also perform at the venue on Saturday and the following Tuesday.
These shows are part of Springsteen’s major live tour with the E Street Band. It also marks his first on stage performance with the band since 2017.
Find more on this from Nova here.