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Bell X1 overvcome a host of teething problems and start to sell out venues Stateside

Caroline Crawford

Published 20/03/2008 | 11:28

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Bad luck: The band lost their luggage and their tour bus burst into flames, but things have settled for Bell X1

IRISH band Bell X1 look set to take the US by storm after their stellar performance on the David Letterman show led to a sellout concert.

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The band saw their Chicago gig sell out after appearing on what is one of the most popular chat shows in the US.

Now the performers are hoping that the interest in their US tour could see them catapulted into the limelight there for good.

The band appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman on St Patrick’s Day where they were joined by Juno actor Rainn Wilson and comedy duo Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg.

The hit performance saw their Chicago gig sell out last night. The band are now continuing their North American tour, playing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver and Seattle.

The group are also set to appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which is broadcast across the entire US.

Prior to the Letterman appearance, the band had appeared on MTV Canada, along with sex expert Dr Ruth. In January, the band also made a quick US strike that included a date on ‘Late Night With Conan O'Brien.’

However, it is this ongoing US tour that looks set to catapult the group into the big time there. Before this there were best known Stateside for their tunes which appeared in the hit shows Grey's Anatomy and The O.C.

The tour has not been without its problems, however. At the start of their US tour the band also lost their luggage, including their guitars.

Then lead singer Paul Noonan and guitarist Dave Geraghty had a lucky escape after their tour bus went on fire in Boston. The pair were on board with tour manager Lisa Tinley and a friend Mick Abdow in the car park of the Hyatt Hotel in Medford.

The four rushed from the van which seconds later burst into flames. As the band rushed to save their instruments, a fleet of fire engines arrived within three minutes and brought the blaze under control.

“The guys were basically around the bus, which was a good thing because we were able to get all the equipment and instruments out.”

The fire is thought to have started in a generator in the ventilation and air conditioning system. They have now been left with a bill of around €32,000 after the fire. The band are now continuing their tour in a replacement vehicle.

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