Bruce Springsteen linked to 2022 Croke Park gig after Garth Brooks rumours emerge

By Paul Moore & Alex Dunne

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band are reportedly being lined up for a Croke Park date next summer.

It was reported yesterday that Garth Brooks is in talks to play GAA HQ next summer, but he apparently won't be the only artist.

Aiken Promotions are the Irish agents for Brooks, Springsteen and Ed Sheeran, but it appears that The Boss is next in line to play Croker Park in April, with two shows set for the 23rd and the 24th.

And Springsteen has previously said that he's about to go out on tour with The E Street Band in 2022.

During an interview with BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball, Springsteen said that he is now hoping to restart touring in 2022, saying: “We’ll be touring next year if everything goes well.

"The E Street Band will be back on the road – you know, depending, of course, on the virus and what’s opening up."

While appearing on The Late Late Show a few months ago, The Boss was also asked by Ryan Tubridy when he thinks it will be safe to tour again?

"My antenna tells me that will not happen before 2022 and I’d count ourselves lucky if it happens then. I don’t believe the virus is going to go away, I just believe we’re going to find better ways to handle it. Hopefully a vaccine, or therapeutics,” said Springsteen.

The rock ’n roll legend last played Croke Park in 2016 when he played two nights at GAA HQ and The Boss is confident that despite the fears of COVID-19, he’ll be back on these shores soon.

"I believe it’s around to stay, just like the flu vaccine and some other viruses. Hopefully, over the next year or two, we’ll have developed methods that will allow us to get back to some kind of normalcy.

If Springsteen and The E Street Band do get back out on the road, it will be their first tour together since 'The River Tour' ended in 2017. That particular tour included two memorable gigs at Croke Park in May 2016.

As for the rumoured Garth Brooks gigs, Virgin Media are reporting that the country singer is in talks to appear and that instead of playing the April dates, Brooks will play three nights in September in the GAA headquarters.

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