Not planned, expected or desired but I seem to have taken the summer off…by accident. No need to fret, I’m Talkin’ Here is back and with the Rugby World Cup around the corner it’s gonna be pretty busy around here. So what better time to launch a new weekly (yes, weekly I swear) segment than now. It has been suggested to me that at times I can be a little too on the defensive when it comes to some articles here (Me? Defensive? Never, I’m never defensive) and so In Defence Of will be the place where I take those interests (sports, music, games, books etc.) that I have that seem to be the most polarising amongst my peers, and at least attempt to put across my arguments for why people might do well to give out some second chances. What better place to start then than the musical Marmite that is U2. Continue reading In Defence Of – U2
Just over a week ago Dave Grohl told me that rock and roll isn’t dead. On Monday, The Gaslight Anthem proved it. On their third trip to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre they were at their absolute best and the sooner they return the better.
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
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)
Last week’s Live In Concert
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.
Continue reading Live In Concert – U2, Croke Park, 2005 (Night 1)
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.
I’ve always loved music. Listening, singing, playing; it’s always been there. We listen to music for a multitude of reasons. To sing, to dance, to pick us up and even sometimes to bring us down. It stirs emotion, to those who allow it, above and beyond things we’ve ever previously experienced.
Continue reading More Than Just A Melody