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No damp squib as fans start queuing outside RDS for Springsteen shows

NOTHING can dampen the enthusiasm of these Bruce Springsteen fans -- who are already queuing outside RDS. The boss doesn't arrive in Dublin until tomorrow, but dozens of fans arrived at the Simmonscourt entrance to the RDS yesterday.

Braving the city rain, they are hoping to get up close and personal with Springsteen when he takes to the stage tomorrow night.

Heidi Peterson, who was born in the USA, said she expects the star to break any curfew in Dublin.

"He breaks curfew all the time because he likes to play three-hour shows or more," said the veteran of more than 100 Springsteen gigs.

Heidi was present at the Hyde Park concert when the microphones were turned off and said she has seen this happen before.

"Every show is different, I make the analogy of baseball, people buy season tickets but every baseball game is pretty much the same and you go to 80 a year and you're pretty happy."

Springsteen and Paul McCartney were silenced after defying the sound curfew at Hard Rock Calling.

The former Beatle had joined Springsteen on stage at the end of the singer's headline slot in Hyde Park, London, but both found their microphones cut off before they could address the crowds.

Springsteen had been playing for more than three hours and had exceeded the curfew by half an hour.

After belting out hits such as Born In The USA and Because The Night, he welcomed McCartney to the stage to sing Beatles hits I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout, but neither performer had the chance to thank the crowd, and they had to leave the stage in silence.


Musician Steven Van Zandt, who plays guitar in Springsteen's E Street Band, voiced his frustration on Twitter.

In a series of tweets f he said: "One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?

"We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to 'punish us' by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes. Is there just too much fun in the world?"