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Springsteen in Christmas spirit
Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen played 24 songs in a marathon set
Rock star Bruce Springsteen serenaded the audience with Christmas classic Santa Claus is Coming To Town as he ended his first UK show of 2007.

"Do you believe in Santa Claus?" the 59-year-old asked before he launched into the song, a chart hit in 1985 and a festive airplay favourite ever since.

The gig, at Belfast's Odyssey arena, is one of only two UK shows scheduled for Springsteen's 2007 world tour.

He will play his final show of the year at London's O2 arena on Wednesday.

The current world tour marks the first time in almost five years that the blue-collar rocker has played live with the E Street Band.

In an energetic two-and-a-half hour set in Belfast, Springsteen delivered hits like Born To Run and Dancing In The Dark alongside tracks from his latest album, Magic.

The record, which went to number one in October, includes lyrics which lash out at the war in Iraq.

Introducing the album's title track, Springsteen said: "In my country today the truth has become lies and the lies have become the truth and that's the magic."

On a less political note, he dedicated I'll Work For Your Love to a couple in the audience who had come to the show from their wedding - still dressed in their outfits.

Springsteen recently revealed plans to bring his tour back to Europe in 2008 for a series of stadium shows.

Among them are three UK dates - at Manchester Old Trafford on 28 May, London's Emirates Stadium on 30 May, and Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 14 June.

The rock star will also play three nights at Dublin's RDS arena in May.

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