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'If I Was Blocking The Little Guy's View I Would Have Happily Moved'

'If I Was Blocking The Little Guy's View I Would Have Happily Moved'
By PJ Browne
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On Sunday, Bruce Springsteen played the second night of his Croke Park visit.

During the set, Springsteen invited on stage a special guest - Bono. The pair duetted together on 'Because The Night'.

Also in attendance was former LPGA golfer Sophie Gustafson. Gustafson is friends with a member of Springsteen's crew and so she and her friends had a privileged position close to the stage.

They were stood in a roped-off area, just in front of the lights and sound board, when Bono and his entourage arrived.


Their arrival meant Gustafson and her friends would have to move or, in her words on Twitter, were 'thrown out'.

Speaking to Balls.ie, she explained what happened.

Me and my 4 friends had gotten the usual tour around backstage and was in that fenced in area when the concert kicked off. My friend had told us U2 was coming so we did know they were going to show up at some point which, since I really enjoy U2's music, thought was kinda cool.

So when Bono and his crew (10 or so people) show up about 3 songs in I glanced at them but didn't move. They went and stood 5 or so meters behind me right up against the tent. I was minding my own business, enjoying the best show on earth. 15 minutes after they had shown up a guy comes up saying we have to leave cause of security reasons. I asked why and he just said security reasons. I wasn't going to argue and cause any problems. I know how lucky I am just being there.

Gustafson and her friends also had tickets for the pit in front of the stage and so were able to stay in close proximity to the band.

A conversation with a member of Springsteen's crew, who Gustafson knows, confirmed that it was Bono's security who had the Swedish golfer and friends bounced from their initial position.


Later one of Bruce's guys who I call the puppet master, cause he makes it all work, came and talked for a bit. He said 'So Bono's security guys threw you out huh?'

That confirmed that is was in fact his security that didn't want us there. The stadium security were absolute stars. Couldn't have been nicer. Bono's guy was also nice but I thought it was a bit unnecessary having us removed from the area.

In Gustafson's eyes, there was no issue. She and her friends were no security risk. She also expressed her feeling, while having a little dig at Bono's elevation issues, that the whole situation could have been resolved far easier.


If I was blocking the little guy's view I would have happily moved over 8 meters left and the problem would have been solved.

Despite what she called the 'little hiccup', she and her friends still had a great weekend in Dublin.

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