DIE-HARD SPRINGSTEEN fans have been queuing around the block to make sure they get the best view of The Boss tonight.
Thousands of fans have travelled across the world to see Springsteen perform at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, which will be the first gig at the new £60m venue.
For superfan Jos Westernberg, tonight will be the 123rd time he’s seen Springsteen perform live.
The 44-year-old has travelled from Holland for the gig and runs the Dutch fanclub.
He said: “This is a small arena compared to the other tours he’s done so we are expecting it to be a great show, especially because it’s the first one to be held at this arena.
“What I like so much about Springsteen is that the live performance is such an experience.
“The energy that he puts in to each show is important to him.
“Every show is completely different and he has so much variation in the set lists.
“It’s impossible for Springsteen fans to say which song is their favourite because there are so many good songs.”
Jos and his girlfriend Muriel Kleisterlee have published a book about the singer, called Magic Nights: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.
He added: “I have met him a few times and we were able to give him one of the books.
“He said some very nice words about it.”
Fellow superfan Evert Jelgerhuis, 40, has also travelled from Holland for the gig.
He got to know Jos after seeing him at several Springsteen concerts.
Tonight’s gig will be the sixth time Evert has seen Springsteen this year.
He said: “It’s a great bunch of people that come to see Springsteen. We’re like one big happy family.
“Every show is different, for example, he’s done 83 different songs in the past 153 shows, so you never know what’s going to happen.”
He added: “I’ve been a fan of his for 30 years. He’s a great performer and always gives 110 per cent, never letting his fans down.
“He always goes into the crowd and gets the girls up to dance with him.”