Sunday 25 June 2017

even better than the real thing?

NICK KELLY

Irish audiences have always fervently embraced the phenomenon of the tribute act. With ABBA being another marquee name who never made it to our shores in their heyday, the copycats filled the vacuum. Bjorn Again -- the Australian ABBA tribute act -- were so popular here, they moved their Midnight at the Olympia residency to The Point. Also the ever-revolving line-up of the Irish homage act, ABBA-Esque, toured the country to packed houses for years.

Britpop also was a fertile hunting ground for tribute acts, with the likes of The Complete Stone Roses, No Way Sis and Wonderwall all selling out a venue near you.

Throw in the likes of Smiths tribute band These Charming Men; the Antarctic Monkeys; the Australian Pink Floyd; Stairway To Zeppelin; the Bootleg Beatles; and Beatless -- and it's a wonder any original bands could get a gig.

Irish bands too have received the tribute band treatment: Elevation, Vertigo and Us4 have done U2 -- but none as charmingly as 1990s local heroes The Joshua Trio, featuring Father Ted writer Arthur Mathews and comedy writer/actor Paul Woodfull.

And Limehouse Lizzy and Thin As Lizzy are just two tributes to Phil Lynott's mob. So it seems as if the boys really are back in town.

Irish Independent

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