BRUCE Springsteen's Wrecking Ball was replaced with a bowling ball in Dublin this week at the Stillorgan Leisureplex.
The Herald can reveal that 'The Boss' booked out the entire complex and invited all his production crew to join him at the VIP party ahead of his Dublin gigs.
The Born In The USA singer (62) took to the stage for the first of two sell-out gigs in the RDS last night.
But before the gig he chose to relax at Stillorgan bowling centre, sparing no expense in ensuring it was a night to remember for his guests.
It's estimated he spashed out around €30,000 on the treat.
He decided not to serve up the usual Leisureplex fare of nachos and hotdogs to his guests, instead enlisting the services of catering company Vinny Hanlon, which caters for music company Aiken Promotions.
The firm devised a special menu for Springsteen and his pals.
A number of their mobile units were spotted outside the complex on Monday night, alongside nine blacked-out people carriers and a number of luxury cars used by celebrity chauffeur Mick Devine.
He has been Springsteen's driver during his time in Dublin and had whisked him from the Merrion Hotel over to the complex, with the A-list party kept top secret as he enjoyed a night with his tour crew and members of the E Street Band.
"The whole place was on lockdown from early on in the evening and they closed it off to members of the public," said a source. "It was crawling with security staff as they patrolled the outside of the complex to make sure nobody got in that wasn't on the list. It was the perfect place for a private party as you could close the whole place off and there was lots for them to do like play pool, go bowling or try Quasar. It's also the last place you could expect to see him so it was ideal for them."
The last time the star performed in Dublin, in 2009, he also booked it out and he's clearly quite taken with the unlikely venue.