Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and Nils Lofgren, with Donovan and Linda!

by Chris Murray on June 1, 2023

Dublin was abuzz with Bruce Springsteen in town for three sold out shows at RDS Arena earlier this month. Photographer and special assistant to Donovan, Lawson Slater, told me that “excitement was in the air.” Donovan was in Dublin on May 4th to be a special guest for a show at Dublin’s Olympia Theater. Bruce Springsteen happened to be out for dinner with the legendary Irish musical artist, Shane McGowan and his wife, Victoria Mary Clarke. Donovan’s name came up at the dinner, and Bruce told Shane that, “’Catch the Wind’ was one of the first songs he learned.” Bruce asked about Donovan’s whereabouts and the next thing you know, Bruce Springsteen welcomed Donovan to the RDS Arena for his soundcheck. Donovan and his wife Linda spent a magical evening with Bruce and the E Street Band.

Here are some terrific photographs taken by Lawson Slater of a very special get-together. In the photo below I enjoy seeing my friend, photographer Danny Clinch, working in the background. Danny’s first exhibition was at Govinda Gallery.

Little Steven Van Zandt greeting Donovan. Photo by Lawson Slater.

Nils Lofgren enjoys meeting Donovan. Photo by Lawson Slater.

Bruce, Linda, and Donovan embracing. Photo by Lawson Slater.

Bruce Springsteen in concert in Dublin. Photo by Lawson Slater.

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