Sunday 17 December 2017

Loaded: Gig promoter falls from Grace

John Meagher

John Meagher

There's disappointment for Grace Jones fans with the singer's visits to The Wright Venue, Dublin, on July 21 and 22 and The Savoy, Cork, on July 23 being pulled. In both cases, the venues had been rented out to a company called Rockefeller Productions who had taken care of all the liaising with Jones' American-based agents, the Central Entertainment Group.

"The reported performance dates for Grace Jones in Dublin and Cork have been cancelled," says CEG's Michael Schweiger in an official statement. "The promoter James Delaney O'Neill of Rockefeller Productions is in breach of his contract by failing to pay deposits and advertising these dates without a fully executed artist agreement. We apologise to Grace's devoted fans there in Ireland and hope to be in concert there in the near future."

Delaney O'Neill was also the person behind two gigs that were booked for the Grand Canal Theatre -- Marianne Faithful on June 17, which the venue subsequently took over themselves and Ute Lemper on June 22, which was cancelled.

Day & Night has attempted to contact Rockefeller Productions, but without success.

  • Regular readers will be aware of the high regard with which I hold Ash. Their A to Z series of singles is an inspired riposte to a music industry still stuck in the old groove of album-tour-album-tour.

Regrettably, the band's stock is not as high as it was around the time of their Free All Angels album nearly a decade ago and perhaps that's why they are offering eight bonus tracks to people who subscribe now at www.ash-official.com. It's good to see Tim Wheeler, Rick McMurray and Mark Hamilton have been in such a rich vein of songwriting in recent times.

And you can get to see them in all their live glory when they headline the Hot Press/Academy Stage at Oxegen next Saturday, July 10.

  • To mark the 40th anniversary of Glastonbury, organiser Michael Eavis thought he had struck gold by signing U2 to headline the festival. But Bono's back problems put paid to that. Still, Glasto wasn't completely U2-less with The Edge joining Muse on Saturday night for a surprise run through of Where The Streets Have No Name.

"They were gracious enough to honour me with an invitation to play," the guitarist told the BBC, whose coverage of the festival across its TV channels was first rate. "I thought about it for a good three minutes and said, 'Yes!' because they're a rockin' band. We had them play with us on the last tour for a few shows and they are without doubt the power trio of their generation. We didn't need to rehearse -- from the first note they were really on it."

As for whether Bono will be recovered in time for Turin on August 6, The Edge added: "He's okay. He's disappointed, but he's concentrating on rehab and getting fit for the shows that we are committed to doing. It's going to be a race to get fit for the opening show in Turin, but I'm sure he'll do it."

Meanwhile, Eavis has hinted that U2 will one day play Glastonbury. "Edge enjoyed the experience and he's had a taste of playing now, so I'm sure the band are really keen to do it when it suits them."

  • It may be Oxegen weekend, but seasoned festival goers will be happy to hear that 15 new acts have been added to the Electric Picnic line-up, including Wolf Parade, Dead Can Dance mainman Brendan Perry and Stars.

The hideous Cork family combo Crystal Swing have also been added, which presumably is some kind of post-modern ironic statement.

And Rubberbandits -- the Limerick hip-hop anarchists -- are another eyebrow-raising name among the new additions.

These are strange times, indeed.

Irish Independent

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