A six-year-old Dublin girl was in The Promised Land yesterday — after footage of her singing on stage with Bruce Springsteen
became an internet sensation.
Sophie Sutton, from Leopardstown in Dublin, was sitting on her father Paul’s shoulders at the RDS gig when she was plucked out by The Boss to sing a few lines of his Waitin’ On A Sunny Day hit.
The rocker later prompted her to shout “Come on E Street Band!”, and the musicians played out the song to loud cheers from the 30,000-strong audience.
The starlet — who has acted as an extra in movies — said she wasn’t nervous to perform in front of the ecstatic crowd on Tuesday night, and gave herself a little clap after her two minutes of fame.
The video of her performance was uploaded onto YouTube within moments and had thousands of views by yesterday. Little Sophie told The Star: “It was a surprise he picked me out but I liked it — it was fun being on stage.” She added: “And lots of people said ‘hello’ to me later because they saw me with Bruce.”
Dad Paul (44) is a massive fan of Springsteen and has been to more than 30 concerts over the past three decades. Mum Denise (45) said: “Bruce had been smiling and pointing to Sophie for the first part of the show and he gave her one of his plectrums. Then during Waitin’ On A Sunny Day he asked her up to dance.”
The Suttons had pushed their way to the pit at the front of the stage and were close to a platform on which the rock legend strutted his stuff. Denise added: “Sophie is still buzzing after it all. People were stopping us on the way out and honking their horns because they recognised her!”
The couple also attended Springsteen’s gig in the RDS last night. It is the second time that a member of the Sutton family has had a brush with fame at one of the rocker’s concert. Sophie’s older sister Niamh (11) was also plucked from the audience to dance and sing with the Glory Days singer at his gig at the RDS in 2008.
Sophie and her parents were last night invited to an exclusive ‘meet and greet’ with Springsteen at the Four Seasons Hotel after the gig. The Suttons had hoped that the Born to Run icon and the E Street Band would sign autographs and pose for snaps with them.