Springsteen Set For Croke Park

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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

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Slipknot Finally Return To Irish Shores

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“Take care of yourselves. And take care of each other”. Yep, those were the last words spoken from the stage by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor after rocking a near capacity crowd for an extremely solid two hours. I’m opening this review with that little factoid not because it was so unexpected from the frontman of a bunch of “satanists”; no I’m opening with this information because it just completely summarises what Slipknot are all about and what those who do not take the time to learn do not realise about them. This band is there for their fans in a way not other band is. Continue reading Slipknot Finally Return To Irish Shores

James Blunt Beams Into Dublin

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Dual blogged on Irish News Review

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.

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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 – Bruce Springsteen, RDS, 2008

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Seven years ago, my life changed. Not some personal epiphany or near death experience; I got a new soundtrack. I actually can’t remember what specific song or moment it was that turned me onto Springsteen, I’m thinking it was “The River”, but what I do remember is that not since Tom Waits had I known so instantaneously that an artist’s music fit so perfectly in with my styles, though I don’t think even then I could have foreseen the fanatic I would become.

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Dublin Grooves To Jake Clemons

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Rarely I go to a gig entirely oblivious to the music of whichever artist I go to see. I’ll usually at least know their biggest hit. But when said artist is the sax player in my all time favourite band, good faith alone sees me buying a ticket, and I’m glad I did. Continue reading Dublin Grooves To Jake Clemons

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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