Rain can't stop 'The Boss' at free Dallas concert

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by LAUREN ZAKALIK

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WFAA

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 6 at 11:00 PM

DALLAS — As Bruce Springsteen walked on stage at Reunion Park Sunday night, the heat turned up on a cold spring day in Dallas.

For many, "The Boss" — who headlined the three-day March Madness Music Festival — was worth the wait. Dallas rocked and rolled in the rain along with him and the E Street Band.

“We’re just going be rocking! And that’s all there is to it,” said Chuck Merucci.

“It’s The Boss!” added Katie McCracken.

“And fun., and it’s free,” Jackie Love said. “We’re going to tough out the rain.”

Hunkered down underneath a green tarp, a group of friends didn’t let the wet weather bother them. The concerts did indeed go on as promised, rain or shine.

There were plans in place in case the weather turned dangerous, but it didn’t. Umbrellas weren’t permitted, so fans wore ponchos and brought plastic tarps.

“It’s kind of miserable, but it takes a lot more than a little rain and cold to keep us away from a Bruce show,” said Pete Bausbacher of Richardson.

The final day of the festival was full of good tunes and good times.

“I feel like I’m in my 20s again,” said Ben Merucci, “going to concerts day after day.”

“The Wind and the Wave” kicked things off at Reunion Park on Sunday. Texas’ own Pat Green followed with some country music. And the spunky pop band fun. played into the evening.

But when Springsteen took the stage, the night turned electric.

“In 20 years we’re going remember this, you know? It’s a great time,” said Derek Hooker of Chicago.

E-mail lzakalkik@wfaa.com

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