Boss sure of a warm welcome

Musician Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band during a concert in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 26, 2012.  (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Musician Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band during a concert in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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NOT every visiting boss is guaranteed a warm welcome at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, for instance, is unlikely to find a red carpet rolled out for him next season following his spat with his Black Cats opposite number Martin O’Neill during their last encounter.

One boss certain of a rousing reception, however, is US rock star Bruce Springsteen, alias the Boss.

The 62-year-old will be calling in at the Wearside stadium on Thursday, June 21.

The show is one of only four the rock veteran is playing in Britain this summer with long-time backing group the E Street Band, the others being in London, Manchester and on the Isle of Wight.

New Jersey-born Springsteen is on the road to promote Wrecking Ball, his 17th studio album in a recording career stretching back to 1973.

A chart-topper in the UK and his native US, it has already sold almost 300,000 copies in those two countries alone since its release in March.

Fans can expect a thorough delve into Springsteen’s back catalogue as well as an airing for new material, however.

Among the biggest of the almost-endless parade of hits he has to choose from are 1984’s Dancing in the Dark, the year after’s Glory Days, 1994’s Streets of Philadelphia and 1997’s Secret Garden.

Gary Hutchinson, head of venue and events at the 56,000-capacity stadium, said: “Reaction to the concert announcements has been absolutely fantastic.

“We’re delighted with the huge acts we’ve been able to secure.

“Bruce Springsteen is renowned as a magnificent performer, so it should be a brilliant show.”

Tickets, priced from £55, are available at www.livenation.com or bspringsteen@safc.com

DARIN HUTSON