Sunday 24 September 2017

The Blades announce Olympia Theatre date

The Blades
The Blades
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Blades have announced their return to The Olympia Theatre, Dublin for one night only in December 2015.

The Dublin band has enjoyed sold out Christmas shows at the Dame Street venue for the past two years and this will make their third on Saturday December 5.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday 5 March at 9am.

The Blades were formed in 1977 in the midst of the punk scene with original members Paul Cleary on Bass, his brother Lar on Guitar and drummer Pat Larkin.

In the early 80s the band played a six week residency with U2 in the Baggot Inn and the two bands swapped headline slots each week.

When Pat and Lar left, songwriter Paul switched to guitar and recruited Brian Foley and Jack Reilly on bass and drums respectively as well as adding a brass section.

The new line up started off where the last one left releasing the singles ‘The Bride Wore White’ and  ‘Revelations of Heartbreak’ in 1982. 

Soon after the release of their first album The Last Man in Europe the band split up as they became disillusioned with the music industry and they played their last gig together in The Boxing Club in Drogheda in January 1986.

Since then Paul Cleary played with The Partisans as well as releasing his debut solo album ‘Crooked Town’ on Reekus Records in 2001 while Pat Larkin played with ‘The Peridots’ and Brian Foley with ‘The Mountain Climbers’.

Tickets from €28 including booking fee go on sale Thursday 5 March at 9am via Ticketmaster.

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