A MUSIC lover has got his hands on a prestigious trophy – and said it almost comes close to meeting rocker Bruce Springsteen!

Kevin O’Donnell stole the show when he appeared on PopMaster on BBC Radio 2.

A score of 33 out of 39 was enough to win the quiz on Ken Bruce’s show.

Kevin, who runs his own joinery and garden business, told the Courier: “It was something that I always wanted to do.

“I am right into my music and PopMaster is probably the premier music quiz in Britain.”

The 56-year-old’s opponent managed a score of 18, with Kevin declared the winner and receiving the prize of a digital speaker in the shape of an old-style microphone.

The prize has taken pride of place in Kevin’s West Barns home, with dozens of people getting in touch with him to offer their congratulations since the show was broadcast.

He said: “I met Bruce Springsteen in 1984 in Newcastle and I think this is not quite up there with that but it is not far off.”

The popular radio quiz has been running for a number of years and each contestant is asked 10 questions based on popular music from the 1950s through to the present day.

He said: “I have listened to Ken Bruce for a good 10 or 15 years and the last couple of years I have tried to get on the show.

“My kids have always been saying to me to go.

“My son, Conor, is the lead guitarist in The Tesla Coils and we are always discussing and talking about music.”

The music fan, who spoke to the Courier as he was en route to see American rock legends Kiss perform at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, played down his achievement and said the questions simply fell in his favour.

“You can get a possible 39 points; that’s the maximum you can score,” said Kevin. “That is based on 10 questions and it is just general music knowledge. It just depends on if it is for you.

“All my stuff is 1970s and 1980s music and if the questions had been about the year 2000 I would have got five out of 39!

“It is really luck and if the questions are for you – it just happened that the questions were from my era.”