For the life of me I can’t tell you why but I missed Electric Picnic last year; that is a mistake I will never make again. Once again the most inconspicuous piece of land in the wilds of Laois has provided one of the best weekends of my life. Anyone who has been reading my stuff for a while now will remember that my first trip to Picnic in 2012 was a less than stellar experience for me – and I have indeed seen online that others had a similar experience this year – but I am happy to say that those days seem to have been a minor hiccup on the path to EP becoming the greatest festival this country has ever seen. Continue reading Electric Picnic 2015 – The Magic Is Alive
12 years ago I attended one of the best gigs I have ever been to. Red Hot Chili Peppers at Slane Castle, arguably the last time Slane, and the band for that matter, held their prowess for which they were so revered. On that day, Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters provided support, riding high on their One By One tour. Who better then to bring back the old Slane, the real Slane than the very same band. This weekend, Slane was born again. Continue reading Foo Fighters Storm The Castle
I’m ashamed to say that even having lived in Sallins nearly all my life, I had no idea that McAuley Place in Naas was housing Naas Arts & Culture Centre. We’ll have to chalk that one up to a senior moment and move on however as there’s some live music to talk about, namely that of Freddie White who landed into Naas last Saturday for one of his trademark classy gigs.
Back in 09 a buddy pointed out a band to me in Rolling Stone. They were from New Jersey, they played in a punk rock fashion and one of their songs directly lifted/referenced Bruce Springsteen lyrics. ‘Nuff said, I was interested. What followed from there was me well and truly developing an obsession with Gaslight that has remained solid to today, and with them playing here in a few months what better time than now to look back at when I first saw them.
I’ll try not to dwell in this too much but thank God Chuck Ragan’s voice is the main drawing factor to see him live because the chances of actually seeing him live last night in The Workman’s were slim and none. This was my first time attending a gig in the venue and unless it’s for a particularly under the radar unsigned act I doubt I’ll be back. Quite simply, it’s a great venue that just isn’t up to the task when it is at capacity and the result of leaving the performance area for any given reason is that you will spend the night in the front bar listening on the PA. Continue reading Chuck Ragan Works The Workman’s
As an avid Bruce Springsteen fan and as the proud owner of an unused Garth Brooks ticket it’s hard to respond to this news with anything but at least mild trepidation; but all signs indicate that Bruce Springsteen is set to play two nights in Croke Park this coming summer. Continue reading Springsteen Set For Croke Park
James Blunt. Two words that can cause so much division, usually followed by vitriol, and few can justifiably explain why. Nobody was more sick of hearing the constant refrain of “… you’re beautiful…” across airwaves in the last ten years than the man himself and sadly most people missed the fact that he is an exceptional talent in the meantime. On Thursday night he reminded a near full 3Arena just how good he is.
Once upon a time I found the concept of attending more than one in a few days run of gigs to be insane. I’d heard of these lunatics who would camp overnight for some Springsteen fella (ha!) and I thought you’d never catch me dead doing that. But as it turned out a school friend of mine was doing all three gigs in 05 and asked if I was interested in a ticket for the third night. After the buzz of the first, I didn’t ask any questions, sign me up. Continue reading Live In Concert – U2, Croke Park, 2005 (Night 2)
There may have been a hurricane blowing out West, but in Dublin it was all about Tennessee Tornadoes. Apart from the apt weather based humour, I think I’ve finally settled on the best description I can give to the lunatics of Old Crow Medicine Show. Back in Dublin for the second time in as many years, in an age where certain other country stars find it hard to get over here at all, they showed every inch of their grass roots class to put on one of the best live shows you’re ever likely to see.
This one stings a little. Eleven years ago, I attended one of the greatest gigs I ever have. In the ensuing years everytime I’ve seen this band they’ve taken a further dip in quality, yet for now I’m still able to cling to that one amazing evening all those years ago, just. To me, the Chilis never made it past the departure of John Frusciante and the years leading up to his departure didn’t help their live show. Phoenix Park 04, Oxegen 06, Croke Park 12. A series of diminishing returns compounded by a terrible last album. But anyway, I digress for the millionth time. Continue reading Live In Concert – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slane Castle, 2003