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Springsteen set to break Dublin curfew

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Springsteen and Van Zandt - Born to overrun

Bruce Springsteen's guitarist Steve Van Zandt has said that fans should "bet on it" that the music legend and the E Street Band's show will overrun at Dublin's RDS tonight, Tuesday July 17.

There was controversy at the weekend when Springsteen and the E Street Band's show at London's Hyde Park was closed down after the 10.30pm curfew was broken.

Asked if the Dublin gig would overrun, Van Zandt told the Irish Independent: "You taking bets? Bet on it. We don't intend to break curfews, we just always do. They are at the wrong time. The problems with curfews is that they are scheduled too early. We need to reschedule the curfews."

Van Zandt, who broadcast an edition of his Underground Garage radio show from Dublin's Tower Records on Wicklow Street on Monday evening, said the band and Springsteen "don't live by other people's clocks".

He also paid tribute to Irish fans, saying that they had a "wonderful relationship" with them.

Springsteen is due onstage at 7.00pm tonight, Tuesday July 17, and tomorrow, Wednesday July 18, with a spokesman for Dublin City Council telling the Irish Independent that Springsteen could be allowed an extra 15 minutes on stage at the concerts.

"Sometimes gigs may have to start late due to crowds arriving late, and for safety issues the band may start late. But the extra 15 minutes may only be allowed at the discretion of DCC," he said.

He also added that council staff "don't have the power to remove an artist from the stage if the relevant curfew is being breached".

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