Chuck Ragan Works The Workman’s

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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

Live In Concert – U2, Croke Park, 2005 (Night 1)

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I can never fully get my head around my fondness for U2. I’ll usually be first in line for some Bono bashing and their more recent output, namely No Line On The Horizon, left me a little cold. Yet they are and always will be one of my favourite bands, their music making itself heard in some huge moments in my life and at the end of it all I have immense pride that such a power house of a band came from this little island. Maybe my confusion towards them is just good old Irish begrudgery. Whatever it is, in 2005 they were the force to be reckoned with, and they showed it in their hometown over three nights in Croke Park.
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Live In Concert – Eric Clapton, The Point, 2004

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How is it that I’m about to look back on a gig from one of rock music’s absolute guitar gods with less than fond memories? I honestly wish it weren’t the case. But suffice to say that 10 years ago Eric Clapton joined my short list of artists I wouldn’t pay to see again, here’s why.

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Live In Concert – Luka Bloom, The Helix, 2005

I’ll admit I felt like a bit of an outsider at this gig. Luka Bloom was filming a live DVD in The Space at The Helix, an intimate venue for a mere 100 lucky attendees. Why was I feeling outcast? Well, it was my first time seeing him live in full. I had seen him play support to his brother, Christy Moore, in the Kaedeen in Newbridge but this was the first time I was seeing him in full. And here I was surrounded by his most enthusiastic fans!
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Live In Concert – Metallica, RDS, 2003

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Who saw this one coming? Yes, indeed I was a metal head. and when it comes to Metallica, I still am, having not missed a single gig they’ve played in Ireland since this one. It was my first time out on my own to a gig, first ticket I’d saved and saved for, first time making that conscious decision to go and see an artist I truly admired the shit out of. And it didn’t disappoint one bit. 
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Live In Concert – David Bowie, The Point, 2003

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I’ve been to a whole lot of gigs in my life. Until I hit the age of 16 they were mostly my father bringing my brother and I along to the likes of Neil Young, Sting, The Eagles and more, making sure we saw the classics while they were still around (or at least still around and still good!). One exception to this however was David Bowie. Until recently, I’ve never had more anticipation and excitement dwell within me for a gig than this one. My brother, Colin, is the Bowie nut admittedly, but all three we were ecstatic in the build up.

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