Thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans have arrived early in Cardiff, hoping to secure a good position in the crowd from which to watch their hero.
They’ll certainly be Dancing in the Dark tonight to the sounds of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, but on another warm day in Cardiff, fans are queueing outside the Millennium Stadium and making the most of the city’s bars and pubs.
Some of the 63-year-old’s most die-hard fans have been camping outside the Millennium Stadium since the weekend to secure their front row spot in “the pit”.
Thomas Ivy, 53, from Newport today, who has been queuing since Monday afternoon, said: “I’m lucky because I live close by so I’ve been travelling back and forth to the stadium, others have been camping in tents.
“I have been a fan of Bruce Springsteen since the Born To Run album. His music is so special, especially live. When he plays Thunder Road it’s energetic and alive.”
Clive Netherway, from North Devon, said: “We left home at 5am Monday morning to get into Cardiff at 7am and we won’t leave until 10pm tonight.
“I can’t remember a time where I’ve not liked Springsteen. It’s been passed down to my daughter through listening to vinyl’s and playing CD’s in the car.”
A system is operated to allow the first 1,000 fans secure their front of stage standing positions.
Each fan is given a number in order of their attendance and then have to come back at an allotted time to get ticked off the list.
Roberto Rabaiotti, who arrived in the Welsh capital from London, said: “I just think he really connects with the ordinary person, he hasn’t got any airs or grace – just goes out there and pumps out great rock music.
“It’s not a flashy act, it’s just a really raw rock and roll act.”
Brogan Thomsen, travelled all the way from Seattle, on the US west coast, for the gig, having only discovered Springsteen four months ago.
“I only found out about Bruce four months ago and now I’m a crazy fan – I’ve been to six concerts so far.
“The system is very calm, they walk you in to the front row instead of other concerts where people charge in and that’s all organised by the fans.”
Dewi Jones, 49, said: “We’ve done this before so we know the score, have to get here early.”
Son Steff, 16, added: “Bobby Jean is such a good song and is my favourite. I can relate to the lyrics and that’s the thing about Springsteen, you can relate to him in a lot of different situations.”
Chris Baker, 44, who travelled from Derbyshire, said: “Springsteen kind of speaks with humanity and a voice he’s the man of the people and throughout all of his career he’s stayed true to that ideal. So I think for me he’s a pure songwriter and a pure star.”
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— Will Richards (@willjrichards) July 23, 2013